During my hour of daily exercise taken during the COVID-19 Lockdown of Spring-Summer 2010, I found and followed new paths that took me to parts of Lancaster that I didn’t know were there and had not explored before. I became more aware of how the city connects, where tracks, streams, waterways, roads and the river meet and cross. I found allotments, prisons and graveyards, followed narrow bluebell-lined tracks through woods and into high-up places where the view across The Bay or The Lakes opens up and lorries on the motorway push past.
The pull of fresh air, warm sun or the whip of the wind is irresistible as is the need to stretch my legs and body, and clear my mind – and have some physical, spiritual and mental breathing space.
I was not alone in these findings and revelations and soon invited others to join me in recording our their lockdown routes. This connected me – at a distance – with friends and strangers alike. Together, we have created a joint map and a lockdown community linked through shared paths and breathing spaces. All of the mapped routes have now been combined in to a single Lockdown in Lancaster and Morecambe: Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map map.
This map makes visible the paths and places we visited from 16 March (start of national lockdown) to the end of July 2020. It builds week by week and shows how routes accumulated and grew over that period of time.
Thankyou to everyone who contributed their routes to this LOCKDOWN ROUND 1: Scott Millington, Lydia Elliott, Steve Mack, Lyndsey Cocker, Chantelle Taylor, Lea Ruegg, Ros Galabo, Peter Davies, Liz Hartley, Phil Savage, Jane Silvester, David Powers and Rachel-Ann Powers, Rosalind Forster, Nadia Sculpher, Glyn Jones, Kati Wood, Jenny Reeves, Helen Gould, Daniel Bye, Mark Edwards and Steph Edwards, Stella Birchall, Louise Ann Wilson, Danielle Ash, Jocelyn Cunningham, Paul Farley, Nikki Pugh, Jenny Uglow, Erin Wilson, Jean Simpson, Kezia Rice, Alice Booth and family, Martin Palmer, Richard Smith.
Thankyou to Jean-Paul and Energy PPE for the intensive care gowns.
Thankyou too to my brother Douglas Wilson. Via Zoom, we have worked together on the technical mapping – this was an unexpected collaboration, and a real treat!
Lancaster and Morecambe: Walk, Run, Pedal, Push, Map is currently been exhibited at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster. Tickets are free but due to social distancing booking in necessary.
The exhibition is temporarily CLOSED due to the Covid 19 Winter Lockdown.