Pendle to parliament

Nick Burton with his walkers petition which he will present to parliament on the conclusion of his walk from Pendle. (s)
Nick Burton with his walkers petition which he will present to parliament on the conclusion of his walk from Pendle. (s)

A local author and rambler is walking from his home in East Lancashire to the Houses of Parliament in London, following only footpaths and bridleways, to hand in a petition urging the government to invest in getting Britain walking.

Nick Burton wants to highlight that, despite public sector cuts, there is a cheaper greener mode of transport and a healthier way to travel.

He commented: “Despite the cuts, you can still walk from Lancashire to London across fields following the hundreds of miles of legal green highways. If further cuts are made to highway authority budgets we might not be able to do this in the future”.

Nick, a community physical activity instructor with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and formerly a rights of way officer and ranger will hand in the petition, after the walk which will take around two weeks to complete and cover a distance of 280 miles. The walk started in Clitheroe, with the route finally joining the River Thames near Windsor and following the Thames Path National Trail along the river eastwards into the heart of London.