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Naked Odyssey 2021

Inspired by participation in nude outdoor photo shoots for Spencer Tunick, Matt Granger and Natansky – some pre-organised, others guerilla-style – I resolved that, from 2016, impromptu naked photography would be a part of all my world travels…

England in April

Esther and I began this year as we ended 2020: heading to Cornwall as soon as a break in the UK’s latest COVID-19 lockdown allowed. There we hiked to Land’s End and ancient Nine Maidens stone circle, Mên Scryfa, Mên-an-Tol, Bosiliack Barrow, Chûn Quoit, Chûn Castle and Tregeseal East stone circle.

By Enys Dodnan Arch at Land’s End – location map.

Mên-an-Tol – location map.

Mên-an-Tol – location map.

Bosiliack Barrow – location map.

Bosiliack Barrow – location map.

Tregeseal East stone circle – location map.

England in May

A May return to Cumbria, staying at Whitehaven, became a grand tour of ancient stone sites. We visited Blakeley Raise stone circle, Birkrigg stone circle, Sunkenkirk stone circle, the five Burnmoor stone circles, two standing stones of Giant’s Grave, and remnants of the Lacra stone circles. Busy times!

On a boulder near the Lacra circles – location map.

Blakeley Raise stone circle – location map.

At Saltom Bay, near Whitehaven – location map.

Birkrigg stone circle – location map.

Sunkenkirk (Swinside) stone circle – location map.

Sunkenkirk (Swinside) stone circle – location map.

Wales in July

Leaving England at last, Esther and I made for Wales, spending a week in the enchanting coastal town of Tenby. We visited Pembroke by train to the north, and Caldey Island by ferry to the south, but otherwise simply enjoyed lots of sunny walks and beaches along sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

At Pembroke Docks – location map.

Dancing on the beach by Llanreath – location map.

On Devil’s Quoit – location map.

Caldey Island lighthouse – location map.

Next to Church Door Cove – location map.

Cave at Monkstone Beach – location map.

England in September

For our first visit to the Peak District we made our base in the fine old spa town of Buxton. From there we visited towns, ancient sites and much beautiful countryside in the surrounds of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Cheshire, from Bakewell to Macclesfield, from Chapel-en-le-Frith to Flash (no flashing in Flash!)

Within Nine Stones Close – location map.

On the Hanging Stone – location map.

Out there on Comb Cairn – location map.

Wales in October

Amidst high winds and heavy rain, I enjoyed an autumn week at Harlech on the northwest coast of Wales. It’s an area rich with ancient and modern heritage. Between downpours, I discovered megaliths and mines, stones and steam trains. Pick of the bunch: the incredible Bryn Cader Faner.

On Moel Goedog 5 – location map.

High upon Bryn Cader Faner – location map.

In Cist Cerrig – location map.

England in November

The weather improved after Harlech but our arrival in Norfolk coincided with Storm Arwen hitting the north of England. For much of our time we were confined to our Cromer base but when high winds and rain gave way to clear sky and near-zero temperatures, we walked the coast from Sheringham. Occasionally naked.

West horizon from Sheringham – location map.

North horizon at West Runton – location map.

East horizon towards Cromer – location map.

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