Walk Into Prehistory

27th October 2011
Walk Into Prehistory is a unique illustrated guidebook to walking 40 of Britain and Ireland's most important and impressive prehistoric monuments.

Ranging from stone circles and henges to hillforts and burial chambers, Bill Bevan describes how these monuments were deliberately built and located to be seen and approached from certain directions. Processional routes led to ceremonies at stone circles, henges and tombs. Hillforts were built and designed to look imposing from specific directions to deter potential attackers. There are even ancient long-distance paths like the Ridgeway which are accessible today.

The walks lead you back in time from the modern landscape to reconstruct in the mind's eye what the prehistoric landscape would have looked like. The history and significance of each monument is discussed and generously illustrated with new colour photographs. For each walk there is a specially commisioned colour map and directions and there are also grid references, OS map recommendations and difficulty gradings, with family friendly walks highlighted.

The book travels from Cornwall to Orkney and county Kerry to Buckinghamshire, helping the reader to follow in the footsteps of the people who created our prehistoric heritage. Bill describes how these monuments were built to be seen and approached from specific directions. Most stone circles were designed as the climax of ritual processions while hillforts were often built to control ancient routes. The book is arranged as a series of walks to enjoy at home or to inspire the reader to visit the sites. Each walk also takes you back in time from the modern landscape to imagine how the prehistoric landscape would have looked.

You can buy Walk Into Prehistory on my Amazon Store.

A selection of photographs from the book are available to purchase in my Walk Into Prehistory Gallery.