Reclaimed By Nature

One of my great delights is tracing out ancient features in the landscape - an old sunken lane; a habitation lost but for its stonework; or occasionally relics so ancient that no-one seems to know why they were built. All across the north and west of my island - anywhere that the geology was solid enough to provide materials - there are standing stones and stone circles. Theories abound over why they were built - but I take solace in the fact that none can be proved. The theories always sound so abstract; so academic - yet the truth of these places must have been profoundly physical; earthy. I guess I like such places - the sunken lanes; the overgrown houses; the mysterious sites - because nature has reclaimed them. In contrast our modern lives seem to defy nature - constantly purging the organic to maintain our sterile homes and straight lines. The stone circles are usually constructed by lumps of stone which still betray their bedding and cleavage - their natural origin.
bornexplorer bornexplorer
36-40, M
3 Responses Sep 12, 2012

I simply love what nature can do in a very short space of time to a building and the area around it once man moves on and it is derelict.
If we all went the land would soon be back to non human days, it would only take a few years.

So where are your favourite abandoned places... the ones in which you find solace? Is your pseudonym derived from a passion for all things Tudor - or do you prefer more ancient settings?

Castle Ruins.

Wales (and the Welsh borders) seems to win hands down for those. Have you been to many?

Ruined Cathedrals and old churches.

Ruined Cathedrals? - or ruined abbeys? The only ruined cathedral I have come across is Coventry - very evocative in an urban sort of way - but not like the secluded Cistertian or Benedictine Abbeys.

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History if done well and very factually is brilliant, I love history and the British Landscape.

So what's your favourite piece of the English landscape? You seem to prefer travelling in time to travelling in space. If you want to escape London, where do you go?

My area doesn't have such a long history of creating things that remain for hundreds or thousands of years but I am fascinated with the more recent things that have been abandoned. I find abandoned and bypassed roadways especially fascinating, I love locating the abandoned bridge or the stray couple of miles of Portland roadbed that was left when the highway was rerouted or improved.

The best equivolent to that in Britain is the old railways. We ripped up 20,000 miles of track in the reforms of the 1960s. Though I am sad at the thought of so many working railways lost, I can understand the economics that forced the cuts - but what I cannot understand is why these incredible conduits were not used for something else. They have smooth curves and gentle gradients - far less harsh than the roads that replaced them. And their tunnels and cuttings and stone viaducts are left to return to nature (just like those stone circles).