Tracks, trails and paths

North Yorkshire, Walking

In my last post, we took a walk through my village. Over lockdown, and the weeks and months afterwards, I came to know our local paths more intimately than I would ever have imagined. But I came to see them through fresh eyes, enjoying the changes of season: the difference between a walk taken at dawn, at midday, at sunset. A sunny walk: a snowy walk: a rainy walk: a windy walk. Walks with bluebells: walks with poppies: walks in mud.

Here, for the Which Way Challenge, are some local paths and byways.

Following last week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, when we were encouraged to dip into a new challenge or two, I think I’ll give Monday over to just that – for a while anyway. I’ll revisit the challenges that were new-to-me then, as well as revisiting older favourites.

67 thoughts on “Tracks, trails and paths

  1. Perfect pastoral scenes, Margaret. Paths and trackways are always more than the sum of their parts when it comes to ‘atmosphere’. So many must have been used for centuries, if not millennia.

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  2. You have some lovely places to walk, even if you have had to walk them more often than usual in that last couple of years! I love the teasels top left and the paths through the trees. But that’s some serious mud (third on the top row)!!

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  3. The Which Way challenge (by Cee) was one of the first I joined in with. It was a very useful challenge to showcase various walks and paths over time. As you rightly say the same route in different seasons can be very different. My year photographing nature around my lanes proved that. Unlike you though I am not so keen on going out in the rain and the mud – my excuse is that my camera is not waterproof 😂

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  4. When you walk the same route regularly you definitely notice more and more and then, of course, it’s all about the light or even the lack of it as with the fabulous teasel shot.

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  5. I enjoyed all of these shots, well except for the mud though that was a reality check! Walking in all weathers is not for the faint hearted. But your photos prove it is more than worth it. The old trees are fantastic. For some reason the last photo (probably that is home beckoning?) reminds me of an advent calendar – or at least of the one’s we got when I was a child. (Perhaps it was because in some of them a window was opened each day, or something like that?)

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  6. As it happens, I didn’t showcase any of the really old trees. I’ll do that soon, as they are so characterful. I know what you mean about the advent calendar look. I prefer those old fashioned ones, with positively no chocolate! Nope, not our house. In fact I can’t even identify it, as it’s on the other side of the river somewhere.

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    1. I know what you mean. But when I come to London I always lap up what it has to offer in so many different ways. But it must also be said … I’m always happy to retreat home too 😉

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  7. Every walk bringing out a fresh perspective of the surrounding, which is quite a unique feature of the countryside.
    These are truly amazing tracks for an urbanized-for-life guy like me 🙂

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    1. Ha! I used to be that urban type, wondering what on earth you DO in the country. Nowadays, I love city trips, but am pleased to escape back to the greener surroundings.

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