Richard's Photo Gallery - Coulsdon

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Pierre Blanchet - Patelin, 1191

Farthing Downs Location Coulsdon, 18km south of central London
Date 1995 July 20th.
Lens 50mm F1.8,
Expose 1/500

Every bank holiday the motorways leading out of The Smoke are clogged with Londoners trying to find unspoilt countryside. With Farthing Down so near why do they bother? Besides, the A23 is easier to jam up.

The Down is now part of the London Loop long distance path which circles the capital. It also retains traces of iron age field boundaries, and grazing animals have been reintroduced in an attempt to preserve the ancient ecology.

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