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Ridgeway I, Uffington White Horse

Ridgeway I, Uffington White Horse

Ridgeway II, Wiltshire

Ridgeway II, Wiltshire

Ridgeway III, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway III, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway IV, The Manger, Vale of White Horse

Ridgeway IV, The Manger, Vale of White Horse

Ridgeway V, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway V, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway VI. Chilterns

Ridgeway VI. Chilterns

Ridgeway VII Wiltshire

Ridgeway VII
Wiltshire

Ridgeway VIII Wiltshire

Ridgeway VIII
Wiltshire

Ridgeway IX Wiltshire

Ridgeway IX
Wiltshire

Ridgeway X, Wiltshire

Ridgeway X, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XIII, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XIII, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XIV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XIV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XVI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XVI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XVII, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway XVII, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway XVIII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XVIII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XIX, Chilterns

Ridgeway XIX, Chilterns

Ridgeway XX, Chilterns

Ridgeway XX, Chilterns

“Momently clinging to the things we knew — Friends , footpaths, hedges, house and animals. Till bourne along like twigs and bits of straw we sink below the sliding stream of time.”
John Betjeman, On leaving Wantage, 1972

A photo series made along the Ridgeway, England’s oldest road, during a 6 day walk in September 2013 backpacking and wild camping where possible along the 87 miles from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon. Most of the photos were taken with a 400mm telephoto lens more commonly used for sports and wildlife photography in order to isolate graphic elements in the distant landscape.

For at least 5000 years travellers have used the Ridgeway. Originally connected to the Dorset coast, the Ridgeway provided a reliable trading route to The Wash in Norfolk. The high dry ground made travel easy and provided a measure of protection by giving traders a commanding view, warning against potential attacks.

This photo series was conceived of as a follow-on project from my walk along the Thames last year Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song.

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Coast to Coast I. Storm clouds over the Irish Sea.

Coast to Coast IV. Forestry in the Lake District.

Coast to Coast V. Low cloud in the Lake District.

Coast to Coast VI. Stone wall in the Lake District.

Coast to Coast VII. Great Gable in the Lake District.

Coast to Coast VIII. Parting clouds in the Lake District.

Coast to Coast IX. Wast Water in the Lake District.

Coast to Coast XI. Footbridge over the M6.

Coast to Coast XII. Stone Breaker at Bunton Hush, Yorkshire Dales.

Coast to Coast XVI. Footpath arrows near Richmond.

Coast to Coast XIX. Barley field in the Vale of Mowbray.

Coast to Coast XXIII. Rubbish bag near Robin Hood's Bay

Coast to Coast XXIV. Lighthouse overlooks the North Sea.

This series of twenty four photographs were made during a 20 day 340km solo backpacking trip in May 2011 from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Whitby. My route was based loosely on Wainwright’s classic walk joining the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales with and the North York Moors National Park. The main additions I made to his route included walking over and camping amongst the summits in the Lakes rather than following the valleys, which added 4 days travel time to the official route, and ending the walk at Whitby, as it seemed a more satisfying end to me than Robins Hood Bay. Of the 20 days travelling I had a lot of storms as you can see in the photos. These became especially frisky during the Yorkshire Dales section – which resulted in the scarcity of photos during this section. I normally think poor weather leads to more interesting photos but here the limit was reached! I hope these photos show an intimate portrayal of the drama and allure of the English Landscape an environment that, for me at least, manages to never look familiar.

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Photographs © Quintin Lake 2011

Split tarmac, Oak leaves, Dandelion fields, Path as scar, Ancient settlement, Bed of bluebells, Cast topograph, World’s end, Purple orchids, Mill race, 99 yews, Women walking dogs, Iron age panorama, Faux stone house, Hairy caterpillar

Light shines through leaves of an oak tree canopy in spring near Cotswold way. Gloucestershire, England

Path as scar. Maiden hill near Stroud. Cotswold way. Gloucestershire, England

Sunlight falls on blanket of bluebells and beech trees at Standish Wood in spring near the Cotswold way. Gloucestershire, England

Bluebells in front of beech trees at Standish Wood in spring near the Cotswold way. Gloucestershire, England

Bluebells in front of beech trees at Standish Wood in spring near the Cotswold way. Gloucestershire, England

Bubbling water rushes by moss at the the mill race at Skinner's Mill, Painswick

Bubbling water rushes by moss at the the mill race at Skinner's Mill, Painswick

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< Back to Day 4: Dursley to Leonard Stanley

On to Day 6: Cooper’s Hill to Crickley Hill >

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

Field steps, Marble like cows, Glowing leaves, Old skin bark, Geocache, Amazonian severn, Newborn beech, Hetty Pegler’s Tump, Parked ice cream eaters, Dramatic vistas, Christmas in April, Men with binoculars, Represented landscape

Steps run up a steep field of Dandelions and Blue Bells on the Cotswold Way on Cam Long Down

Bark like the skin of an old lady by a track on the Cotswold Way

Roof of young beech leaves which and are a delicate lime green colour above the Cotswold Way

Represented landscape. The sign at Coaley peak indicating pints of interest with views across the Severn valley to the Brecon Beacons in Wale in the Distance

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< Back to Day 3: Wotton-under-Edge to Dursley

On to Day 5 leonard Stanley to Cooper’s Hill >

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010


OAPs eating eggs, Half-timbered Houses, Overgrown bench, Silhouetted copse, Tunnel of trees, Edge of Escarpment, Windswept panorama, Climbing dark tower, Lush fields, Neighbourhood watch, Teenage campers, Boarded up shops

Overgrown Bench by the Cotswold Way near Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

The Waterloo plantation on Wotton Hill above Wotton-under-Edge on the Cotswold Way

The Tyndale Monument North Nibley, Gloucestershire

Patchwork of green fields in haze viewed from the top of the Tyndale Monument, Gloucestershire

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< Back to Day 2: Tormarton to Wotton-under-Edge

On to Day 4: Dursley to leonard Stanley >

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

Capability Brown, Remote control gates, James Dyson lives here, Concrete Goose, Siamese houses, Breathtaking views, Jogging couple, Bleaker aspect, Simpler houses, Phallic monument, Pub serving crisps, East European staff, Overpriced room, Chinese in polystyrene, Friendly boozers

English Garden Style: Two concrete pigs, Three Concrete geese, One plastic Woodpecker and Two half dead yew bushes in pots.

Two detached suburban three storey houses in the outskirts of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

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< Back to Day 1: Bath to Tormarton

On to Day 3: Wotton-under-Edge to Dursley >

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

Organ chords, Chinese tourists, Luscious limestone, Georgian curves, Truman show houses, Woodland shadows, Racecourse runway, Stick-on leading, Tidy golfers, Ploughed field, Roman remains, Boarded up pub, Manor House gates, Expensive B&B, Petrol station food,  Boarded up pub, Wellied dog walker, Pastel pastoral, Motorway hum, Strip lynchets, Pylons overhead, Raucous wedding party

The Circus, Bath, England, by Architect John Wood the Elder

Railings curved for tree trunk in path of Cotswold Way through High Common, Bath

Tree shadows fall over a bed of spring flowers on the Cotswold Way

A flock of birds fly over a lone tree and the sparse landscape at Bath Racecourse adjacent to the Cotswold Way

Synthetic grass steps with Daffodils leading to a tee at Lansdown Golf club near Bath adjacent to the Cotswold Way

Cold Ashton Manor House Doorway

Shadow of roof and chimney falls on rendered gable end of a house next to the A46.

Patchwork of pastoral fields at dusk near Doynton seen from Dyrham on the Cotswold Way

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On to Day 2: Tormarton to Wotton-under-Edge >

Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010


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