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Landscapes of the Ribble by Andy Latham
ISBN 9780711230286 - Published by Frances Lincoln

Landscapes of the RibbleThe River Ribble flows through some of England’s finest landscapes as it links the two great northern counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. From the dramatic Three Peaks country in the Yorkshire Dales, through the pastoral lushness of the Ribble Valley and out to the wide expanses of the estuary at Lytham, the scenery is always fascinating.

After a brief 2-page introduction about the river, Andy Latham then lets his photographs do the talking. The book is divided into five chapters: Cam Fell to Stainforth, Stainforth to Gisburn, Gisburn to Clitheroe, Clitheroe to Longridge and Preston to the sea. Each of the photographs has an extended caption describing its location and the geographical and geological surroundings.

Andy’s photographs are excellent and I would highlight in particular his ‘Winter Dawn’ shot of Pendle Hill on pages 2 – 3, the photograph of Pen-y-Ghent on page 22, the barn and two trees at Langcliffe on page 33, the ‘Lost Monument at Langcliffe’ on page 34, ‘Summer Evening at Rimmington’ on page 55, ‘Sunrise over Clitheroe’ on page 66, ‘Burning Gold at Sale Wheel’ on page 82 and ‘Lytham Sands’ on pages 92–3.

This visual journey from the River Ribble’s source to sea explores the history and rich natural beauty of this compelling landscape and quite literally makes you want to be out there seeing these places for yourself.

reviewed by John Burland - Member No. 2



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