WALX with Kerley is a friendly sociable walking club for all abilities. Exploring soft woodland paths, forest trails, hillforts and local parks enables us to savour the beauty of the natural world around us. Sun filtering through trees, tinkling sounds of autumn leaves falling, bracing winds and bouncing rain; hot summer breezes and cool shady spots……….
Experience this as the background to achieving your goals led by friendly, professional and qualified WALX Masters and Guides .We will help you create long lasting healthier habits, improve your mental and physical wellness by becoming more active and meeting likeminded people.
WALX with Kerley cater for individuals who want a whole body workout. Walking with poles is a large part of our programmes as it is more effective than regular walking. The upper body muscles and core muscles are used when walking with poles. We also use other equipment to achieve this, such as smoveys and pro x walkers.
However there are some sessions where you can walk with or without poles or equipment
We try to include variety in our programme: Stop by a Mere or on a Hill and find a sense of calm with the 8 move flow sequence of Tai Chi movements for wellbeing.
We offer a full programme of activities throughout the week apart from Fridays and some weekends we join with other WALX groups to explore other areas of the Country as well as taking part in WALX Festivals and Holidays.
Diane Sumner WALX GUIDE
I have always loved walking and when I worked full time most of my weekends and holidays would involve some form of outdoor activity, be it bagging Wainwright fells in the Lake District or completing long distance walks in the UK and abroad.
When I retired 3 years ago I spotted an advert for Kerley’s nordic walking in Delamere forest and decided to give it a go. What a revelation! I had no idea how much more efficient walking with poles could be and how good a workout you could get as a result. I also found that with the wide variety of classes that Kerley and her Walx Guides offered it was easy to find a friendly class that suited my current fitness level. I have been hooked ever since.
As a Walx Guide I hope to pass on my passion for walking and the many benefits of nordic walking in particular.
Diane leads walks in Delamere forest.
Elizabeth Kerley WALX Master
Known to all as Kerley
Kerley has a nursing and scouting background and started her Nordic walking business in 2010. After a long career break to raise 4 sons, Kerley was looking for a change in direction. She loved Nordic walking as soon as she tried it.
From walking her dogs and from learning to ride, Kerley had found that being exposed to natural light improved her energy levels. Nordic walking enabled her to work outside and reap the benefits from being in the natural environment. She finds that Nordic walking is a great way to lift the spirits, relieve stress, increase activity and fitness levels in a sociable and fun way and also forge long lasting friendships. She hopes Nordic walking will enable her to be active well into her eighth and ninth decade like some of her members.
“If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness”
MARIAN CHEETHAM WALX GUIDE
“I have never been a sporty type, but have always loved being out of doors and enjoy meeting new people. Back in 2008, a friend suggested doing a Nordic Walking taster session and I became immediately smitten. It has become a very important part of my life.
It doesn’t feel like exercise, but of course it is. The people I have met in the groups have been delightful. (I have a theory that only lovely people Nordic Walk.) The other plus points are that both my posture and stamina have improved dramatically. I love being out in the countryside through the changing seasons.
Kerley is inspiring and very supportive. No matter what your level of fitness you are encouraged to enjoy and improve.”
Marian leads walks in Delamere Forest.
KATHY SCHOFIELD WALX GUIDE
I took up Nordic walking on the recommendation of a friend after having problems with neck pain. I immediately became aware of the benefits of this activity and was hooked for life. I love the forest walks no matter what the weather; the company of other walkers and Kerley’s infectious enthusiasm for Nordic Walking. All of which lead me to becoming a WALX guide so I can share my passion for Woodland Walking when needed. When I am not out walking I work part-time for a Charity supporting teachers to confidently deliver Science to Primary age children and help them find inspiration in the world around them especially the outdoors.
ROSEMARY LUNT WALX GUIDE
I live in Runcorn and have Nordic Walked since retiring as a Pharmacist in 2014. I am a keen gardener and reader and enjoy travelling when permitted.
I was told about NW after a hip replacement operation, and, once I had been on my first walk, I was hooked. It’s not only about the pleasure of walking, but the company of others and also the social well-being aspect.
As I thoroughly enjoyed it I undertook the walks leader course and have enjoyed wellbeing classes ever since.
I had a second hip replacement operation in September 2018.
Rosemary works alongside Kerley at Castle Park Wellness Nordic WALX
DUNCAN PRINCE WALX GUIDE
I joined the Nordic Walking wellbeing group in 2015 after heart bypass surgery and now help as a walks guide. It’s been a perfect way to enjoy exercise in the company of interesting like minded people. Kerley’s leadership and experience has ensured all participants have benefited both physically and mindfully. People have differing levels of ability and stamina but everyone enjoys the same sense of enjoyment from being in the fresh air together.
Duncan works alongside Kerleyin CastlePark, Frodsham Wellness Nordic WALX
PAUL CARLISLE WALX GUIDE
Paul describes himself as a mature retired person who took up Nordic Walking on medical advice. He enjoys walking generally and having benefitted from using poles is now a walk leader, helping the team support a range of clients in Widnes’ Victoria park. He is a great asset, friendly, reliable and always keen to help.
GLYN PARRY WALX GUIDE
Hi. My name is Glyn Parry I have been a walk leader for Kerley since 2016, I started Nordic walking in the Wellbeing group about 2015 and really enjoyed it. I had recently had spinal surgery and found using poles perfect to help build up the strength in my back. They take the pressure off your joints too.. Becoming a Walk leader/ WALX guide seemed a natural progression. It enabled me give back something to Kerley after her excellent training and time to teach me the correct way to use Nordic poles. The group is also a wonderful way to meet new friends and expand your social life, we always finish off in the cafe for coffee and a chat.
Glyn leads Nordic Wellness WALX at Runcorn Hill