Four of my Bredon Hill tree photographs have just been published in issue 124 of “On Landscape”. They can be seen online – click here.
Last time I was on Bredon Hill the first autumn foliage had started to appear, but just over three weeks later I’m surprised to find little further progress. This morning’s walk around Ashton Woods didn’t offer any panoramas or vistas so these few images are from nearer to my camera.
… I’m now back – from an excellent holiday break in Lisbon and Madeira. Lisbon is very hilly, and Madeira is a steep-sided extinct volcano – so hiking on Bredon Hill has been good preparation for our holiday hikes.
The Autumn Equinox usually falls on the 21st but occasionally, as this year, it’s on the 22nd. For the rest of this year the daylight length becomes ever shorter than that of the lengthening night. The occasional drizzle lasted from when I started out at about 6:30 until about 8:15 when the cloud broke making for more interesting photographic lighting, particularly as everything was wet.
I committed a photographer’s faux pas today by forgetting to bring my tripod. Accordingly I missed a couple of potentially good early morning low light photographs that would have required exposures of several seconds – impossible to hand hold.
On several occasions this year I’ve been up and down a short stretch of public footpath on Bredon Hill that some hikers would find to be very dangerous. Every other path on Bredon Hill is benign. The photo and map segment below show its location on the public footpath up from Great Comberton. Only the last 100 yards leading to the top of the hill is dangerous. It is very steep, has very poor footing in the dry and is even worse in the wet. The occasional handholds on the adjacent fence are very unreliable, sharp and barbed. Going down is particularly dangerous.
Before hiking this short path with a group, either up or down, be sure that everyone in your group is confident, competent and capable of making it. There’s every chance that, on being confronted with the prospect, one or more members will choose not to attempt it; in which case you’ll have revise your hike plan by splitting the group or by backtracking and taking a different route. The shortest alternative public footpath to this very steep and dangerous 100 yard slope is about 6 km or 4 miles! If you’re walking alone, be aware that if you fall and get stuck, you’ll be out of sight – and not many other walkers pass this way!
My short evening hike once more took me up the only steep and dangerous path on Bredon Hill. More on this in my next post.
A very muggy late afternoon-evening hike was relieved somewhat by a gentle cooling breeze on top of the hill. Most of today’s photographs seem to work best for me in monochrome. The promise of a fine sunset faded as it approached.