Dreaming Spires Nordic Walking is an outdoor fitness club, which provides tuition, and regular walks in Oxford and surrounding areas. Kate is a Nordic Walking Delivery Partner with a huge passion for getting people active and enjoying exercising in the great outdoors. Not only do you get the benefits of fresh air and improving your fitness but also making new friends with like-minded people and having fun!
The walks happen in a variety of stunning locations including water meadows, woodlands and along rivers and canals. We often finish walks in a local pub or tearoom so it is a chance to have a good natter over a coffee!
All abilities are catered for and people can go at their own pace and work towards personalised fitness goals with the support and encouragement of the group and the instructor.
Kate would love to hear from you. Why not sign up for a free taster session and give it a go?
Kate Wilkinson (NWUK Delivery Partner)
Kate signed up for a ‘Learn to Nordic walk’ course in January 2012 to fulfil one of her New Year’s resolutions ‘to try something new’ and has never looked back. As a lover of the great outdoors and with a dislike for gyms it seemed like the perfect choice. It is a great way to get fit, explore new places, make friends and ultimately have loads of fun!
Kate is really passionate about encouraging people to be more active and finding a type of exercise, which they enjoy and can become a part of their everyday lives. She believes that Nordic Walking is fantastic because it appeals to people of all ages and abilities and Kate would love to encourage anyone to at least give it a try as she hopes to grow a big Nordic walking community in beautiful Oxfordshire.
Since then she has qualified with a Diploma in Personal Training and as a specialist exercise instructor for older adults. Kate believes age shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying exercise. Her oldest participant in her exercise classes is 95, which she finds incredibly inspiring.
Eric Imeson (NWUK Walk Leader)
Eric is a retired civil engineer and a qualified Nordic Walking UK Walk Leader. Eric discovered Nordic Walking in 2017 and thought that it would be the ideal exercise for him and his wife to keep fit. He enjoys Nordic Walking because it combines his love of the Oxfordshire countryside, exercising in the fresh air and socialising in a pub or café after a walk!
Eric lead walks in the Witney area for walkers who have already completed a ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course and have obtained a Freedom Passport.
Diana Forster (NWUK Walk Leader)
Marion Harris (NWUK Brand Ambassador and Instructor)
I started Nordic Walking in 2012 as a volunteer for Cherwell District Council, leading walking groups for older people. I love exercising outdoors, and as Nordic Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, I feel passionate about encouraging as many people as possible to take up their poles. Additionally, living in Oxfordshire gives so many opportunities for walking in beautiful surroundings – so being a Nordic Walking Instructor is my idea of a perfect job!
My fitness qualifications include Bsc Hons in Sport, Fitness and Coaching, Advanced Gym Instructor, Personal Training Certificate, Coach in Running Fitness and Nordic Walking UK Instructor.