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ISBN: 9781906887216
AUTHOR: Rodney Legg
A Boot Up Purbeck
A Boot Up Purbeck
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The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is England in microcosm. Geology, which has thrown together several very different landscapes in the space of 70 square miles, provides the raw materials for a story that unfolds on the ground. Underneath, Mesozoic dinosaurs have left footsteps set in stone from the mud of warm lagoons, contemporary with the above-ground Fossil Forest. These are prize treasures of the Jurassic Coast which was designated by Unesco in 2001 as the first natural World Heritage Site in Great Britain. It also boasts classic landform features ranging from Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove to Old Harry Rocks and Studland’s sands.

Literary associations abound, from Thomas Hardy to Enid Blyton, and we meet the military in the form of Colonel T.E.Lawrence of Arabia and The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.The training ground for the world’s first tanks reverberated to live-fire rehearsals for the D-Day landings. Purbeck is one of those rare places that is both addictive and quirky but never dull.

The ten circular walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.

Halsgrove’s new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the area.

Rodney Legg is a prolific author and historian who has published hundreds of country walks. Nationally he is active in the environmental movement having been chairman of the Open Spaces Society since 1989 and a member of the ruling council of the NationalTrust from 1990.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 1 906887 21 6, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published July 2009.

Romantic DorsetRomantic Dorset - £14.99
Outside of the urban conurbation of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, Dorset is mostly rural and, with no motorway running through the county, remains largely unspoilt. In this stunning book with more than 140 evocative colour photographs, Mark Bauer has captured Dorset at its most romantic.
The Jurassic CoastThe Jurassic Coast - £12.99
Nowhere else can boast the qualities of this scenic coast, which are listed here by Rodney Legg in gazetteer format from west to east. Map references are given for recommended parking places and to the more obscure places of interest. This book will be the essential guide for anyone wanting to know where to go, what to see, what to do – in one of the newest World Heritage Sites
Bournemouth in the Good Old DaysBournemouth in the Good Old Days - £19.99
Born in Bournemouth, as was his father a century ago, Dorset historian Rodney Legg is ideally placed to return to his roots to present memories of the town. Focussing on the Bournemouth’s Edwardian heyday that faded away with the Great War, they carry on through the devastation of Second World War bombing to the era of postwar austerity and change.
Purbeck LandscapesPurbeck Landscapes - £14.99
This book, profusely illustrated in colour and with an expert text by leading Dorset geologist John Chaffey, shows that Purbeck, with its infinite variety, is in so many ways a microcosm of Britain and is one of our most cherishable assets.
Dorset Sporting RunsDorset Sporting Runs - £19.95
Huntsmen writing on hunting through the best of hunting country. Drawing on original and exhilarating accounts, Rodney Legg presents a fascinating panorama of a Dorset which remained largely unaltered well into the twentieth century.
Enid Blyton and her enchantment with DorsetEnid Blyton and her enchantment with Dorset - £9.99
It is often the case that when an author bases stories on a certain place, the subsequent discovery by the reader of that place’s true identity may come as a disappointment. Not so in this fascinating investigation by Andrew Norman, for the real life locations are equally as interesting and exciting as the nail biting adventures of ‘The Famous Five’ themselves! Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Dorset Coast from the AirDorset Coast from the Air - £14.99
The photographs in this book capture this perfectly: revealing the Dorset landscape as few of us have seen it before. Here top aerial photographer Jason Hawkes takes us on an aerial journey from the westernmost point where Dorset meets Devon, from Lyme Regis, pastWeymouth to the Isle of Purbeck, and across the broad sweep of Poole Bay to Bournemouth and Christchurch.
Dorset RailwaysDorset Railways - £19.99
Colin Maggs, the renowned expert on railway history, tells the fascinating tale of the railways and the impact they had on the lives of everyone in the county. The nostalgic branch lines with their small local trains and the main lines with their thundering expresses, are all part of a rich heritage which is explored.
Sky High Dorset CoastSky High Dorset Coast - £4.99
Literary associations with the novels of Thomas Hardy, and the unforgettable scene portrayed in the cinematic adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, filmed on the Cob at Lyme Regis, make this a landscape for true romantics and this little book by Jason Hawkes is the perfect memento for those who wish to take a little bit of Dorset home with them.
 
 
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