The North Downs Way is a 153 mile (246km) long distance national footpath system that begins at Farnham in Surrey and ends at Dover in Kent. There are two alternative routes on the eastern portion, one of which takes you through Canterbury and coincides with portions of the Pilgrims Way, which is part of the route taken by the characters in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
There exist several hundred thousand miles of public rights of way in the UK, with 4500 miles in Kent alone. There are actually three classes of rights of way of which the first two categories are prohibited to motorized traffic: footpaths for walkers only, bridleways for walkers, cyclists and horseback riders, and byways which are sometimes called "green lanes" or minute farm roads where all have to share. Many of these rights of way have been in existence for many centuries and some have been in constant use for over 2000 years.
Year after year of walking these paths I am struck by the tiny handful of people I run into on these adventures. Unless one visits the town or city, this island of over 59 million people seems deserted when travelling the rural paths. The welcoming glow and fellowship one finds at the local village pub after a hard day's walk provides ample reward - particularly if one is wet and soggy after a downpour!
Scanned and cropped. Neat image to clean up sky noise. Minor PP to restore clarity.
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Galmeida (12559) 2005-05-28 13:24
Is a scanned but very good well scanned an composed picture. Great and good contrast between sky and green ground. The left path is well seen and is a must in this perspective. All good and details in a one great picture.
Well done and composed. Digital or not is teh same, what is good is ever good!
Fis2 (85425) 2005-05-28 17:05
I like the composition and colours.Photo is unsharpen. I see compression!
Tue (27696) 2005-05-28 18:18
Very nice picture with fine colours. I like the double perspective by the two paths! Well done! :-D
dkeus31 (27735) 2005-05-29 4:00
Nice saturated colors and framing.
The sky seems much PP.
weswang (18223) 2005-05-29 11:54
Hi John, You have done a very good job in getting the excellent quality of this scanned photo. I did many of them before. I can imagine that how much work you have to put in to get this quality.
A well composed photo with very nice lines and curves showing in this picture. A very nice contrast of different green colors.
chinchini (31529) 2005-05-29 16:57
L'original est une très bonne photo. Ton PP après scan avec NI est trop fort et la désaturation du ciel excessive. J'ai fait un WS pour rendre au ciel un bleu plus seyant et ajouté de la netteté à la végétation qui est trop floue à mon avis.
Beau paysage !
PJE (20758) 2005-05-29 18:17
SO I see you have been to the United Kingdom. I really like how you put your comments together. It was the rolling grassland that caught my eye in this one. Nice work..
alvaraalto (6177) 2005-05-29 18:24
Perfect simple composition. It made me remember several nice walking on different places but just the same like this place.
I think the noise-reduction was all right for the sky but I think a little to much for the grass. Always the same problem.
jjbach (9324) 2005-05-29 20:15
Beautiful scenery with nice depth and great perspective. The path on the left catchs the eye and drives it inside the trees. Very well composed!
quantabeh (5205) 2005-05-29 20:41
You, yourself shoot amazing natural sceneries. The colors are superbly captured here, looks like a fine painting to me. The road is very inviting for a walk. Too bad for people who miss out on these opportunities to walk here.
Mafo (1339) 2005-05-30 4:02
I like it, John!
Nice composition with lines of roads, nice colors!
toni_al (15875) 2005-05-30 6:11
Joli paysage, ce pas mal le chemin a gauche qui tranche avec ce champ vert.
HOBO (5282) 2005-05-30 12:05
People even like to go by car to the fridge :-)) nothing to say about walking some 250 km, John. Great sky, forest versus open fields.
If you like long distance walks have a look at THE LYCIAN WAY. For short impression have a LOOK!
cessy (13647) 2005-05-30 15:24
beautiful scenery John
excellent angle and composition
very nice colors
annagrace (2467) 2005-05-30 22:03
What a lonely path, John. I hope you found a pub soon thereafter...love those British pubs!
Stepan (27210) 2005-05-31 16:11
The lines drive the glance very well. The colors are well balanced. The compo is quite good !
Gix (3565) 2005-06-01 14:43
Another very nice view, John!
The geometry of the fields, the clouds, the diagonal compo... excellent!
Honestly, i personally find the Neat Image effect a little bit too strong, or perhaps is a consequence of the scanner, but the image is excellent, compliments for the eye catch, that's the more important fact!
mumek (20202) 2005-06-02 17:50
Good evening John!
Thanks for very interesting and informative note and of course for very good landscape. The composition is excellent, the colours are very natural, I like much more your version than a workshop.
mpb001 (4602) 2005-06-02 22:02
Fantastic, well balanced composition, John. I like the way the paths diverge and come together near the horizon line.
MoosicMan (1231) 2005-06-02 22:37
Outstanding upload, both image and words, John. Having hitch-hiked my way over most of the British Isles, as a student, I find that you have brought me right back to those days. I think I had the same thought, 23 years ago, on the English countryside, about how it was possible, to feel so alone on such a small island infested by so many people.
Best to you,
sarju (5324) 2005-06-05 13:19
you have said so right about the village pubs in England ... I also feel pretty much the same about them ... but i had not heard about North downs bay ... I guess I will have something to explore when I visit Egnland next time ... cheers
Mishe (3515) 2005-06-06 5:51
Congrats and thanks
Burberry1 (6041) 2005-06-14 16:01
Hi John:)))Another fantastic and very well composed picture of Yours. The fresh grass is very well contasted to the blue sky. The details on the ground and on grass are really well visible.
The photo is very good and well seen:))))))
Roly (2024) 2005-06-28 1:40
Beautiful landscape and excellent use of the path as a composition element. The colors are very pleasant and the image is well balanced. There re some very visible jpeg artifacts around the clouds and treetops.
- Copyright: John Cherrington (john_c) (24662)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-05-00
- Categories: Nature
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Places that inspire a story..., Places I hope to travel to... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-28 13:19