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And so our journey begins: a new project here. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
And so our journey begins: a new project here.

A journey through Britain by grid-squares, with the assistance of the good people at www.geograph.org.uk.


In the next several entries, we will trek through the UK by national grid lines, revealing for ourselves as well as for overseas readers the character of the country and the real quality of each region.  Our first project will be a North to South transit on the longitude that happens to take in Bapton, in Wilts; we will be passing from the coasts where Aberdeenshire fronts the sea, to the iconic white cliffs that mark where Dorset faces the Channel.


I trust it will be worthwhile, instructive, and evocative, from the haar of the Scottish strand to the high, lonely moors of the wind-pure North of England beneath an illimitable sky; through the Midlands villages now subsumed in urban envelopment; through the Cotswolds golden in the sun to the chalk and the White Horse country and the downs of the Scrumpy Belt; and so at last to the surge and chop of the Channel, that moat defensive to our common house.


I hope at the very least that you derive as much pleasure from the hard work of thousands of photographers, and the millennia of history shaping and shaped by the scenes and land that they have so well captured, as I have done.


ETA: The links to parts 1 through 9 (of 9) of the longitudinal slice, Bapton N to S, Aberdeen to Dorset:


  1. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/211695.html?#cutid1
  2. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/211725.html
  3. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/211972.html
  4. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/212298.html
  5. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/212654.html
  6. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/212906.html
  7. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/213222.html
  8. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/213386.html
  9. http://wemyss.livejournal.com/213586.html


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nineveh_uk From: nineveh_uk Date: September 13th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never come across Geograph before - what a brilliant website. Thanks for the introduction, and the slice. Still working my way through, but pleased to see that the west side of Wharfedale features strongly. I agree with SD9967: “With a fine dry path across springy limestone turf, and with a superb view across Wharfedale and Littondale. What better place is there?”
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 13th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Isn't it, though?

Gratified to have made the introduction. Chuffed you find it worthwhile. Obliged you took time to say so.

As my preface said, I too love the North.
nineveh_uk From: nineveh_uk Date: September 15th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Isn't it, though?

There was great familial amusement at my sister's wedding a couple of weeks ago in a number of guests coming North for the very first time. My sister was particularly pleased that when she took them on a wal the preceding day, not only did the weather perk up, but they managed to bump into a Genuine Yorkshire Farmer (TM) - the nice rather than the set-my-dogs-on-you variety - who regaled them with Yorkshire Farmer speech. I particularly liked the delightful young man (like a slightly more golden blond, less scrawny Draco Malfoy, if Malfoy were a solicitor and terribly nice) who appeared to be entranced by the fact that he could get a seriously good meal for less than City prices.

[Although I couldn't help thinking that it is an ironic serious downside to the ease of global travel that people who have time and money to visit their own country don't do so. I don't mean this in a "support British tourism" way, but that it seems a dreadful pity that they may have been several time to Thailand, but never once to one of York, Manchester, Edinburgh, Durham, the Highlands, the Lake District, the Hebrides, Newcastle, the Yorkshire Dales, the east coast etc. (or Cornwall or Wiltshire or Kent, if they're from the north) and are not only personally impoverished in their knowledge of their country in all sorts of ways, but bring this impoverished perspective to their working life.]
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 15th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, very much so.

I am perpetually astonished that anyone shd prefer buggering off to the Continent or Yankland or East of Suez instead of finding a nice moor somewhere, say. Although I make exceptions for Vienna and Rome (only if one is staying at the Hotel Hassler, mind).
nineveh_uk From: nineveh_uk Date: September 15th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, very much so.

I can understand why someone who wants a week's holiday in the sun would choose to go somewhere more likely to be sunny , but even so there are 52 weekends a year and some wonderful places to spend them. Mind you, I really must go to Copenhagen/Skåne this winter...
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