Author Steve Davison has compiled a 170-page volume called, simply, The North Wessex Downs, which gives the most comprehensive account of the history, culture, landscape and peoples of our area. It is an indispensable companion for anyone who wishes to dig beneath the surface of our area of outstanding natural beauty.
The book is a definite must for anyone's Christmas wish list, although it is not available in the shops until the end of November. Why not support local businesses and order it from your local bookshop?
The author says in his introduction to the book: "Mile after mile of footpaths offer breathtaking views, while hidden amongst the folded contours are picture postcard villages, "It is an ancient landscape with a great sense of remoteness and tranquillity that has evolved through human impact for millennia...so let our own exploration begin (in this book) across the length and breadth of this magical piece of 'chalk country'.
Robert Hale Ltd, 2013, www.halebooks.com, ISBN 978-0-7198-0581-3