Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal

Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of his walks around ‘Banburyshire’ and ‘The Irondowns’, and occasionally, as part of his work around Britain, the areas beyond.

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These pages originated from a challenge – my claim that you did not need to travel 50 or 100 miles from Banbury to find beautiful countryside, to the Chilterns, the Peak District or Wales; and that, in fact, Banbury is at the heart of its own geographically unique landscape.

It’s also about my long-standing belief that developing an attachment to our own ‘place’ can be a route to making sense of the wider world, and the events taking place within it.

Recent rambles

Below are the ‘current’ posts in the journal. Space permitting, I usually keep the last five seasons of walks posts on-line.

For the more ‘distinguished’ walks that I keep on-line, see the ‘permanent collection’ page.

Landscape image, ‘Ladyburdock’ Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 12th July 2020:

Start again…

In the ‘year without a Spring’ I skip straight into a deep Summer’s dawn. Time to get out while the opportunity presents itself. We could all be locked down again soon! Out early for comets and sunrises, I plan a long-haul route back to backpacking.

Metrics: Distance, 15.2km/9½ miles; ascension 180m/590ft; duration, 3⅓ hours.

Landscape image, ‘The Avon Rail Bridge’ Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 5th March 2020:

Going slowly around the bend…

After many weeks visiting Evesham for meetings, I finally get to do the full circuit of the town by the river now the floods have subsided.

Metrics: Distance, 4.4km/4 miles; ascension 50m/165ft; duration, 1½ hours.

Landscape image, ‘Out here in the perimeter, no.4’ Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 1st March 2020:

Out here in the perimeter…

The intention was to leave the camera in the pack, as ballast, but the awakening of the Spring demanded it – the birds singing loudly in the hedgerows of the ancient Roman road

Metrics: Distance, 7.5km/4⅔ miles; ascension 120m/495ft; duration, 1¾ hours.