Using Nordic walking poles up and down hill is extremely satisfying. When going uphill, the poles seem to make the whole experience easier and less tiring. Take the Nightingale Valley Leigh Woods climb for instance, which we all tackled yesterday during our 2 hour stamina walk. This gully is about a 10-15 minute steady climb – and the general comment at the top was that it wasn’t nearly as hard as people had thought. I bet it would have been a different story had everyone tackled it without poles.