About Us


Wessex Nordic Walking was started by Ashley Sandy in 2015. Since then she has been running Nordic walking lessons, classes and adventure walks in the beautiful countryside around the market towns of Marlborough, Pewsey and Hungerford in North Wiltshire and West Berkshire. Ashley is assisted by walk guides Bev Hams (Pewsey), Helen Williams (Swindon) & Sally Hughes (Newbury).

Every week our groups enjoy short and fast walks in Savernake Forest or at historical sites such as Avebury as well as regular longer adventure walks to explore the fabulous scenery of North Wessex including the Ridgeway, the Downs and all of the nine White Horses of Wiltshire. 

Across the Pewsey Vale

Ancient Sarsens on Fyfield Downs

The groups often enjoy a celebratory coffee after the walk in the many lovely cafes around the area.

Members of the group have undertaken local challenge walks too from improving speed and techniques at our local Parkruns, sponsored walking challenges for local charities as well as longer challenges such as the Sarsen Trail from Avebury to Stonehenge.

In 2020 we became WALX Wessex and now offer more types of walks and chances to enjoy this beautiful area. We offer:

  • Nordic Walx – we also offer Learn the Power of the poles to master the technique)
  • Total Body Walx (fast and furious sessions using poles, bands and Smoveys)
  • Wellness Walx (including mindfulness, Tai Chi Movements for Well Being & a more gentle pace)
  • our favourite Explorer Walx some of which are now open to non-polers.

Ashley Sandy (WALX Master)


Ashley Sandy has a passion for the outdoors & has hiked, run and taken many challenges over the years. She learned to nordic walk while living in the Zurich area of Switzerland in 2005-9 & discovered a love of the sport that she has kept up over the last 15 years.

She started Wessex Nordic Walking in 2015 and has shared her love of Nordic Walking and walking in the beautiful North Wessex Downs and the Pewsey Vale with 100’s of people since then. In March 2020 Ashley rebranded to WALX Wessex to expand her offering to all types of walking including wellness walks, fitness walks as well as nordic walks.

Beverley Hams (WALX Guide – Pewsey)

Bev is an avid walker with 2 fabulous dogs, Buster and Milo she is always found walking on Salisbury Plain. Bev started nordic walking in January 2017 and quickly took to the technique to further improve her fitness and speed (she is pretty speedy without the poles too!). With her passion for nordic walking and her local knowledge of lots of walks around the Pewsey and Upavon area it was only a matter of time before Bev joined me as a walk leader. She leads some lovely walks around the Salisbury plain area and some new routes around Pewsey and Woodborough.

When not nordic walking Bev makes fabulous traybake cakes and sells them to order, online and via food festivals. If you want a delicious cake for an occasion then contact Bev at https://www.apieceofcakebybev.net


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