Meet Sue

Sue in Riverside Valley Park
Sue Holden

My passion for Nordic Walking has been growing over the last few years. I start walking more to get fit and lose weight, to join a fundraising trek in 2016. In January 2018 I started Nordic walking and became more passionate about it! Now I’m a qualified INWA Nordic Walking Instructor and teaching the technique to small groups and leading fitness/move more walks. You will see me out and about Nordic walking in Exeter, please say hello!

Last September (2019) my daughter left home to start university. So I am taking the opportunity to share my love of Nordic Walking, and to start working and walking with you.

During Lockdown I have Nordic walked every other day and am pleased to have maintained and improved my fitness levels. Previously I attended at least two, sometimes three pilates class and an aquafit class each week. I’m looking forward to Nordic walking with you.

Courses and small group Nordic walks are Exeter based, using our local open spaces and wonderful parks, there will be a bus stop (not encouraged at present) near our meeting point, car parking or somewhere to lock up your bicycle. I’m planning daytime and evening, weekday and weekend courses and walks, join me, hit the red button below.

As we grow I dream of Nordic walks at locations along the route of the River Exe from source to mouth. Coming soon, Pop-up Winter Nordic Walks in the stunning grounds of Powderham Castle followed by courses and walks in the summer of 2021.

To contact Sue Holden:

  • By telephone on 07799 413237 – if you reach the answering machine, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able
  • By email at


Sue is a natural teacher, enthusiastic and professional. I found the Learn to Nordic walk 1:1 sessions with Sue enjoyably challenging and rewarding, and feel equipped to set off on my own with my poles aiming to improve my posture and gait !

Sarah, recently retired, Exton

Sue’s accreditations and affiliations

Thanks to Louise Reynolds for the Parkrun photo

I become a qualified INWA Nordic Walking Instructor after attending a British Nordic Walking course under the INWA education programme. I’m also a qualified First Aider. Previously, I taught in primary schools and have volunteered in a website and social media role. I have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

I’d like you to learn the technique, purchase poles, walk whenever you want to, build it into you daily activities. Walk to work, walk in your lunch break, walk in the morning, evening, at weekends, locally from your own front door. Join my group walks, (bookable here) the (not)Parkrun, the virtual British Nordic Walking Challenges and INWA events (when available again). You can also join our private Facebook group to connect with other Nordic Walkers in Exeter, and arrange impromptu daytime or evening walks. Let’s get Exeter Nordic Walking!

Join our community, become physically and socially active.

Covid-19 – Please be reassured that I am following current Government guidance with regard to equipment hygiene when borrowing poles for courses and social distancing guidance. Risk assessments are in place for your walks and courses. We are able to enjoy Nordic walking in groups en joying exercising in our local Valley parks and open spaces.

What a fantastic way to be outdoors with others, moving more without noticing, and so good for your well-being and health!

I look forward to meeting you.