The Old Ways


A hiker walking the Hadrian's Wall Walk in Northumberland… landscape projects into us not like a jetty or peninsula, finite and bounded in its volume and reach, but instead as a kind of sunlight, flickeringly unmappable in its play yet often quickening and illuminating. We are adept … at saying what we make of places — but we are far less good at saying what places make of us … the two questions we should ask of any strong landscape are these: firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I can know no where else? And then … what does this place know of me that I cannot know of myself.

Robert Macfarlane in The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. Viking, 2012.
Photo by Duncan Andison. A hiker walking the Hadrian’s Wall Walk in Northumberland, North East of England, UK.

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