Jessica Rose Williams writer and photographer based in Peak District, UK


Your Sunday rides through the English countryside. Do they have a destination, a goal? Or do you just ride along and see what the day brings?

I’m a bit of a safety queen so I tend to plan rides before we head out, but we usually stick to the routes we know and love. Knowing what path we’re on means I don’t have to worry about bumping into the unknown like a busy road. It makes it easier for me to really switch off and just enjoy the ride, which is what I enjoy about them most. Riding is almost meditative for me. It’s one of the few times I can properly switch off and forget about everything, I’m least likely to reach for my phone when I’m riding - and I love that.

I see that reading is something you can’t do without. What kind of stories do you like most? Which book for you is unforgettable?

I’m a walking talking contradiction when it comes to reading. On the one hand I’m a true life junkie and I love to feel like the story I’m reading dives deep into real life struggles. Books I’ve enjoyed most recently have been Lullaby and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, both of which explore difficult issues like loneliness and modern day prejudice. On the other hand I love some good old fashioned escapism - I couldn’t be without Pride and Prejudice. Our new home is very close to Chatsworth House, which inspired Pemberley in the book and it makes my heart flutter every time we drive past, to think I’m seeing what Jane saw when the thought of Mr Darcy popped into her head.


What is most special about your Sundays?

Sundays are special to me because they’re free from expectation. Ever since I was a little girl they were a day to do something that made you happy. Nobody expects work to be done and it’s the last free day you’ve got before the working week starts again. Sunday associations make me look forward to it every week, whether that’s the smell of the Sunday roast cooking, the sound of hooves clip clopping along a country lane or the sound of the washing machine freshening up my sheets for a new week.

Photography: Jessica Rose Williams @jessicarosewilliams