The Downs have often prompted dreams of flight. Robert Macfarlane Robert re-imagines the life of artist Eric Ravilious, who was fascinated by the 'pure design' of the South Downs.
The Downs have often prompted dreams of flight. 'I shall lift great heron-like wings and fly...to other points of view', wrote WH Hudson in 1900. Reaching The Cuckmere Valley and The Seven Sisters, Robert Macfarlane re-imagines the life of the artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42), who was fascinated by the 'pure design' of the South Downs: their paths, ridges and light. Ravilious's passion for aerial landscapes eventually led him northwards, to Norway and Iceland. He disappeared off the coast of Iceland in September 1942 while on a rescue flight. Producer Tim Dee.