Itinerarium Septentrionale: a northern journey through the English/Scottish borders. An itinerary: a schedule, a list, an arrangement of places visited in and around Northumberland, England’s eastern border county with Scotland.
This is part of an effort to revive the old genre of chorography—inscription on the land, offering diverse engagement and account in manifolds of "chora"—the ancient Greek word that means the land and its people, inhabitation, regional experiences that make us, and all with which we connect, what we are and might be.
This collection, Coast, is the first of three parts to Itinerarium Septentrionale; it is set mostly in the northern half of Northumberland and oriented on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The second, Ad Fines, moves north along Dere Street, the old Roman road into Scotland through the middle of the county, into the landscapes of Walter Scott and the border abbeys. The third part of the journey is Coquetdale, following the river Coquet from its remote source up in the Cheviot Hills by Dere Street, down to the coast at Warkworth, site of the ruined medieval palace of the Percy family.