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Secret Places of West Dorset by Louise Hodgson

Offering a deeper look at the landscape and our hidden past, this book describes over 40 inspiring and less-frequented places in West Dorset.

Louise Hodgson has taught Landscape and Spirituality at Frome College and currently runs Secret Landscape Tours, so she is used to guiding people and ‘reading’ the environment. Louise says, ‘West Dorset offers huge rewards to those who care to explore beyond the well-known attractions. My book helps you find places that should provide deeply rewarding experiences. Beauty does not only lie in the eye of the beholder, it actually exists but sometimes needs seeking out!’

The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and some of Louise’s own paintings. Exploring Dorset’s folklore, curiosities, legends and history, Louise’s intimate, poetic style of writing describes ancient trackways, enigmatic stones, miz-mazes, fairy hills, holy wells, prehistoric sites, and lake monsters. She takes the reader on a personal tour, revealing the magic and importance of places and passing on a greater appreciation of our relationship with the landscape.

Paperback: Colour, Illustrated, 144 pp
Publisher: Roving Press (Oct 2011, updated July 2012)
ISBN: 9781-906651-091
Format: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £12.95
Info:, tel 01300 321531

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