Travels At Home
A Cyclist on the English Landscape

Photography by Roff Smith

Cyclist consulting a map by lamplight at a lonely crossroads at dusk

“Consulting The Map – Doleham Lane”

Every morning I set off on a journey, up at sparrows and down the street on my bicycle, exercising my imagination as much as my legs. By the time I return to the house an hour or two later, having witnessed the sunrise and put however many miles of town and country beneath my wheels, I feel as though I have been places, seen things, travelled in the grand old sense of the word. To that end I bring along my camera and tripod and record ┬áthese journeys as though they were travel stories, celebrating the freedoms and simple joy of a bicycle ride and the marvels of travelling at home. I find myself seeing with new eyes and delighting in the discovery that you don’t need to hop on a plane to experience a sense of wonder or the romance of difference. It’s right on my doorstep. And on yours too, if you look.

Cyclist pedalling along misty country lane
Man with bicycle looking out to see at twilight by classical colonnade