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ISBN: 9781841147390
Portrait of the Pennines
Portrait of the Pennines
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People donít generally go to a place called Ďthe Penninesí. They go to picnic in the delectable limestone dales of Derbyshire, where the rivers run as clear as when Isaac Walton cast his rod and line. They lace up their walking boots and follow in the footsteps of Benny Rothman and his pals, whose trespass on Kinder Scout back in 1932 led to many tracts of private upland being opened up to walkers. They lengthen their stride across the South Pennine moors that were so familiar to the precociously talented BrontŽ sisters.

They explore the dales ofYorkshire, from Malham Cove up to the lead mines of Upper Swaledale. Pennine Way farers stagger across featureless Stainmore, and admire the view from the top of Cross Fell, the highest point of their hike. They walk beside the wall, built, audaciously, to repel Scottish raiders and mark the limit of Hadrianís ambitions for the Roman empire.And when they visit these fascinating places, itís a Pennine landscape that they see.

The Pennines are the backbone of England, the watershed of our northern counties. Theyíre too big to take in all at once, in length if not in height. Arguably, only those hardy souls who have trudged every foot-slogging mile of the Pennine Way, from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, have a genuine appreciation of just how far they extend. But John Morrisonís evocative photographs are the next best thing, showing the Pennine hills and valleys throughout the seasons, from the White Peak of Derbyshire up to Hadrianís Wall.

As a writer and landscape photographer, John Morrison has published about 50 books to date, mostly about the North of England. He has previously supplied the photographs for the Halsgrove titles: Moods of the Yorkshire Dales, Moods of the BrontŽ Moors, A Portrait of Leeds, A Portrait of Bradford and Moods of Yorkshire. Now, having moved to the Lake District, he spends his days waiting for the rain to stop.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 739 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2008.

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