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Running for nearly 90 miles across southern England, the Ridgeway National Trail is one of the most ancient cross-county routes. Following the crest of a sequence of well-defined chalk escarpments - the Marlborough Downs, the Berkshire or White Horse Downs and the Chilterns - the Ridgeway leads from Overton Hill near the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury to imposing Ivinghoe Beacon close to Dunstable, at its half-way point crossing the River Thames at Streatley.
This book follows the route as it traverses the ever-changing downland and shares the frequent spectacular views to capture the atmosphere of this special cross section of England.
John Cleare is an internationally-renowned photographer specialising in mountains, landscapes and wild places. He runs the international mountain photography library, Mountain Camera from his home in Wiltshire and among his many landscape photography projects in Britain, he provided the photographs for the last official guide to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in 2001.