I walked the full walk a sunny Saturday in Lockdown. Altogether it was 13.3km/8.3 miles on mainly track but then finishing crossing the heather moor on sheep paths and then onto the road, before cutting down the hill to the town and down the kirk wynd. This is basically the opposite way to what the horses ride on the Castle Craigs. I chose to do it this way after taking advice from locals who walk it regularly. I undertook the walk with the guidance of a friend who walked it with his mother regularly as a child. Having grown up further north of the town I am unfamiliar with a lot of the local walks and don't feel 100% confident about not getting lost on the moor.
We originally planed a route which both me and my guide where confident in, which mainly followed tacks and roads.
How ever when between Broomholmshields and the Laverock Hide we met another local who is known for walking, who gave us directions to a path that cuts across the moor and onto the road further up, which is the actual path to walk the loop. So we took a leap of faith and attempted to find the path and walked across the back of the moor and up onto the road. I mapped the alternative route here. Obviously there is a slight discrepancy in what I walked on my tacker on my phone and looking at the route afterwards and mapping it. But, it gives a pretty good idea of elevation and terrain walked across.
Photographs taken on the day
These are all the images I took on the walk. However I then selected a few of these to further edit and explore using as a narrative.
Obviously I want to push these further and look at ways I can compose them within a page layout to convey narratives that parallel the themes that I identified in earlier work. I also want to play with exposure, contrast and with saturation in post production. I really would have liked to shoot on film however due to Covid-19 I don't have access to the materials to do so. I would however like to emulate this effect a little within the photographs to create more timelessness as digital quality can often place photographs within the present.
Other notes taken on walk
I also took notes on my phone of bits of conversation and other observations while I was out on the walk. I'd really like to go and get some of the noises of the walk. The sounds of feet crunching, the heather bristling against clothes, the birds and the sound of water because this actually is what I heard more over conversation because of social distancing we had to observe and the fact my guide is 6ft 4 and could stride ahead.
Filled out notes