On Foot Through History and Place

A blog by Nick Burton, walking guide, author of Wainwright’s Way & other walking books

All Routes North provides unique guided walks and walking adventures across Northern England. With a passion for the great outdoors, a love of history and an exceptional knowledge of the North’s varied landscapes we aim to provide unforgettable walking experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

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Wainwright aged 23 ½

Wainwright aged 23 ½

Despite nearly four decades of walking in the Lake District I have never kept an accurate written log. Throughout this time I estimated, at a rough count, that I had walked up over half of the total number of 214 ‘Wainwright’ summits. The only records of this are the...

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Lament for the Ordnance Survey

Lament for the Ordnance Survey

Kids in bed and the prospect of the next day free to spend walking on the hills, I was in my element. I spread out the OS Explorer map of the Forest of Bowland across the living room floor. A better read than any book, this familiar map is not just a paper record of...

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Journey to the Source of the Stream Behind Our House

Journey to the Source of the Stream Behind Our House

I consider myself richer than a king when I can walk out of my house on a summer’s evening and climb Pendle Hill to watch the slow sunset over Bowland’s western fells. Then by the light of June’s strawberry moon I can drop down to the hedged back lanes of silent...

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Pendle to Parliament: Visions on Pendle Hill

Pendle to Parliament: Visions on Pendle Hill

From Clitheroe to Pendle Hill Beyond Mearley Hall the softer Ribble Valley landscape of hedges and cows quickly gave way to drystone walls and sheep, the sign of a changing geology. Here is the transition, visible in the features on the ground, from the pastoral...

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Pendle to Parliament: A Long Distance Walk across England

Pendle to Parliament: A Long Distance Walk across England

Any man can draw up a petition, and any man can carry it up to London, with instructions to deliver it into trusty hands, to be presented whenever the House shall meet.” [ William Cobbett, 1816 ] Over the last eight years the traditional English field path has become...

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