Books, Talks & Media

by Nick Burton - Public Speaker for Hire
Author of "Wainwright's Way"

Public Speaker for Hire

Nick Burton is an experienced broadcaster and public speaker. He is a regular guest on BBC Radio Lancashire and writes a weekly walk for the Lancashire Telegraph, Bolton News, the Bury Times and other north-west newspapers.

He has presented lectures at the Borderlines Book Festival in Carlisle and twice at the Kendal Mountain Festival. He has presented talks to a wide variety of Ramblers’ groups, friends’ groups, local history societies, U3A and WI, annual dinners, AGM’s and private functions.

Nick is available to talk to your group or at your event for a small fee and transport costs. He is happy to arrange ZOOM presentations of his talks for your group.


Here is the current list of Nick’s talks:

Walking Wainwright’s Way

A long-distance walk based on Nick Burton’s book, following in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright’s life on a journey from Blackburn to Buttermere.

The Lost World of Alfred Wainwright  

The story of Alfred Wainwright’s early life and the influences that helped shape the Lakeland legend. From Edwardian Blackburn through to his early walking adventures in Lakeland between the wars. 

The 1648 Trail – ‘Cromwell’s Way’

A new long-distance walk in the footsteps of Cromwell’s New Model Army in August 1648, following the route they took through Yorkshire and Lancashire to fight the Battle of Preston.

The Three Towers of Lancashire

A journey through the history and landscape of the West Pennine Moors following the classic walk route linking Rivington Pike, Darwen Tower and Peel Tower.

Pendle to Parliament – A Very English Protest

The story of Nick Burton’s solo protest walk from Clitheroe to London campaigning to save our footpath heritage from austerity cuts. A talk that slices through the social history and landscapes of England.

Freedom to Roam

Before Kinder Scout, this social history talk explores the Victorian struggles for moorland access in Lancashire and the Lakes highlighting three important access battles – Latrigg in the Lake District, Darwen Moor and the Winter Hill mass trespass.

The Pendle Radicals

A look at East Lancashire’s fascinating history of religious, political and social dissent as part of the Pendle Radicals Project. Highlighting how the area around Pendle Hill was a hotbed of radicalism including the Quaker movement, the Labour and Socialist movements, the struggles for access to the countryside, conscientious objectors and the Suffragettes.

Northern Cinema

How has the North of England been depicted in the movies? From the silent films of Mitchell and Kenyon, to George Formby and Gracie Fields boosting morale, to the New Wave ‘kitchen sink’ realist films of the 1960’s that gave birth to the ‘angry young man’ and 1970’s sitcom spin-offs on the big screen. A talk that also revisits some iconic northern film locations.

Gandhi’s Northern Weekend
Why did Gandhi come up north in September 1931 and spend a weekend in Darwen and the Ribble Valley? This talk recounts the fascinating story, locations and characters involved in the Indian leader’s curious visit to milltown Lancashire.

Nick Burton's Books

The following walking books are available to buy :

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