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.
All prints 42x58cm, Giclee Print on Cotton Rag, edition of 25 +1 A/P
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Photographs © Quintin Lake 2011