Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal

Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of his walks around ‘Banburyshire’ and ‘The Irondowns’, and occasionally, as part of his work around Britain, the areas beyond.


‘Last Chance (HS)To See’ – Scene 44:

‘Cubbington South Wood’

Arcing back towards Leamington I take a moment to walk around the wood in the path of HS2

17th February 2019


I’m struggling to get the Cubbington Pear in the frame with the rest of the woodland. In the end I give up; the conditions are just not that good today. Yes, it’s a lovely tree; but for me the woodland as a whole, and the landscape it sits within, is as significant as this one, out-of-the-ordinary tree. Landscapes are formed on the back of the mundane, not just the exceptional.

This point, the high-point of the walk today, gives a spendid view over the landscape – even on a grim day like today, with the black clouds rending and surging overhead.

I wander into the woodland. I considered doing the full circuit around and back into the village past the church, but I want to log the direct lane to the village before work begins.

No dog walkers. No people. Just wildlife, beginning to stur as the first shoots of Spring emerge from the waterlogged ground.

Panorama over the Leam valley, looking directly down HS2’s route

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Walking back into the village I take another picture of the woods from the lane, since most of that profile will be shaved-off to make way for HS2. Judging by the number of footprints in the mud, this little circular walk out from the village is well used. I’m sure that the village a s whole will never be the same once this precious resource has been taken.