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Review: A Walker’s Guide To The Moorland’s Ancient Monuments by William D. Lethbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:53 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:53 26 May 2015

A Walker’s Guide To The Moorland’s Ancient Monuments Book Cover

A Walker’s Guide To The Moorland’s Ancient Monuments Book Cover


Annette Shaw reviews A Walker’s Guide To The Moorland’s Ancient Monuments by William D. Lethbridge

William D. LethbridgeWilliam D. Lethbridge

Published by Halsgrove. Hardback £19.99

To help set the scene for Karin Altenberg’s Breaking Light, also reviewed this month,

William Lethbridge’s guide to Dartmoor is perfect.

William has explored Dartmoor for over 40 years. In this fascinating book he shares his in depth knowledge covering Bronze Age settlements and restoration projects such as that undertaken in 1894 at Hingston. William writes, “Hingston offers, in my opinion, the most magnificent of all prehistoric monuments on Dartmoor.”

The book is lavish in its photographs, there are 600 illustrations, showing evidence of the people who lived and worked on this moorland bygone ages. The author clearly has a strong affinity and love for the land and the opening words that encapsulate tranquillity are truly beautiful. This is followed by a guide to stone features for newcomers to the technical terms such as menhirs, reaves and kistvaen. With or without walking boots it’s a terrific journey.

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