Walking The Great Stones Way: Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury
Steve Davison
Cicerone
80pp, 34 colour illustrations, 19 maps
Paperback, £9.95

Packed with colour photographs, easy-to-follow maps and clear, useful information this small, slim volume is easy to consult and light to carry. The 36-mile route, which leads south from Barbury Castle to Old Sarum, just outside Salisbury, through the prehistoric landscape of the Wiltshire Downs, takes in all the key sites in between, including Avebury, Silbury Hill, West Kennett Long Barrow, Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Stonehenge and Amesbury.

The book is divided into six sections, ranging in length from four to 11 miles and catering for walkers of all levels. Some seasoned trekkers will want to do the whole thing in one or two days but those who like to savour the countryside rather than get from A to B as quickly as possible will want to spend time taking in these ancient sites, or make diversions to see White Horse chalk figures on the nearby hillsides.

Steve Davison is a keen hill-walker, writer and photographer, who has lived in Berkshire for 25 years and whose interests include geology and natural history as well as the English countryside. He has added appendices that include a route summary table, an itinerary planner, relevant contact information and details of accommodation near the route. So, instead of watching Tony Robinson walking through history in his BBC television series, why not put on your boots and do it yourself? Maybe I will see you along the Way.
Lindsay Fulcher

 

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