To look at Wiltshire means that you share in
a visual feast. It has more prehistoric sites
than any other county, including in Avebury
and Stonehenge, two of the most important
in Europe. Just around the corner from
Avebury is the enigmatic Silbury Hill – the
largest man-made mound in Europe – whose
purpose, despite extensive research, remains
There is also the Ridgeway, arguably
Britain’s oldest road, and a number of chalk
carvings – again, more than any other county.
There is plenty of less obvious history too, in
the form of numerous Iron Age hill forts, and
ancient tracts of woodland such as Savernake
This is a beautiful and quintessentially
English landscape, from the rolling hills of
Cranborne Chase in the south, to the edge
of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty in the north. Sparkling waters abound,
from the magnificent Lake Shear Water near
Longleat, to the quiet, unassuming beauty of
the chalk streams flowing through Salisbury
And the county has more than its fair
share of historic buildings and some charming
villages, including Castle Combe, surely one
of the prettiest in England.
In more than 140 stunning images, master
photographer Mark Bauer celebrates the
wondrousness of Wiltshire, this most
photogenic – indeed perfect – of counties.
Mark Bauer is a professional landscape
photographer who lives and works in
Dorset and whose atmospheric images
have appeared in numerous publications.
He is a frequent contributor to the
British photographic press, which has
made his name familiar to many with an
interest in landscape photography. His
previous book for Halsgrove, Romantic
Dorset, was published in 2008.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 998 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published May 2010.