Freedom to Roam: How industrial Lancashire shaped the British countryside movement (ONLINE EVENT)

- August 10th, 2020

August 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this talk by author, and Pendle Radicals volunteer, Nick Burton.

Nick’s talk highlights the significant role the northern working class played in the movement for open access to mountains and moorland in the 19th and 20th centuries.

From weavers taking to the hills above Darwen and the mass trespasses on Winter Hill; the development of cheap outdoor holidays for the workers established by Colne church minister, T.A. Leonard and the campaigning work of mill worker Tom Stephenson in the creation of National Parks and long-distance footpaths, to the importance of the Clarion Clubs and the pivotal Kinder Trespass.

The talk will also consider how the northern hills on the edge of textile towns were so important in the self-education of generations of mill workers who escaped to the moors to study botany and geology and to write poetry.

This event will be hosted as a live Zoom session.

Cost: Free 

Booking essential: Please book via Eventbrite at