This is a website dedicated to walking. Through photos, featured walks and blogs it explores the great British countryside focusing particularly on Lancashire, the Lakes, Yorkshire, the Peak District and Wales.

Your guide is the author Nick Burton, a Lancastrian who has spent 30 years working in local and central government in diverse countryside roles. He was a public rights of way officer for Lincolnshire County Council and the North York Moors National Park and was a Countryside Officer with the former Countryside Commission at their north-west office in Manchester. He has also worked as a local authority ranger in Lancashire and has for the last fifteen years been involved in delivering health walks and community cycling and training volunteers in Blackburn and Darwen. He also enjoyed three weeks as a storyliner on ITV soap Emmerdale where he created a character called ‘Keith Dobbs’.

Nick is passionate about walking and has an extensive knowledge of the history and geography of Northern England’s amazing countryside. As a professional walk leader he has many years experience of leading group rambles for a diverse range of people from toddlers in buggies to 90 year olds. He is one of the few walking guides operating in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – one of England’s last remaining wildernesses where Lancashire and the old West Riding of Yorkshire meet across an uninhabited tract of high barren moorland.

Nick & his son, Billy

Nick is the author of several walking books including Wainwright’s Way (Francis Lincoln, 2013), the story of Alfred Wainwright’s life in the form of a long distance walk from Lancashire to the Lakes. He is walking correspondent for several north-west newspapers (Lancashire Telegraph, Bolton News, Bury Times) and has a regular slot on Gilly’s afternoon show on Radio Lancashire.

All Routes North also provides safe, fun walking breaks in good northern company. Nick is your walk leader and you will come away from your walking adventure physically rejuvenated, mentally refreshed and knowing a lot more than you did about the history, landscape and people of this wild, warm-hearted and witty part of England.