Meet Sue

Sue in Riverside Valley Park
Sue Holden

My passion for Nordic Walking has been growing over the last few years. I began 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 group walks.

In September 2019 my daughter left home to start university. So I took the opportunity to share my love of Nordic Walking, and to start working and walking with you.

I’m thrilled to walk regularly with groups of walkers. I’ll always have a eye on your technique and will help you improve on a walk. I love to see and hear about how regular Nordic walking is helping with health and fitness of participants. Being able to gather for coffee and other social activities is delightful.

Sue is an excellent instructor and her enthusiasm and good humour make acquiring the Nordic walking technique enjoyable ( even in the rain! )  


I’m delighted to be able to supervise volunteer walk leaders who lead walks for the local communities in Exeter and Cranbrook, and be involved in other community projects in Exeter and Devon.

I’m also thrilled to be trekking again to raise funds for Hospiscare. This time I’ve signed up for a trek to Machu Picchu in November 2024. I’ll be organizing some fun events so please lookout for them and come along or if you are able to make a donation I would be very grateful.

To contact Sue Holden:

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, and join me at the Parkrun. You can also join our private Facebook group to connect with other Nordic Walkers in Exeter, and arrange impromptu daytime or evening walks.

Join our community, become physically and socially active. Let’s get Exeter Nordic Walking! 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.