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Wanderings in Wessex An Exploration of the Southern Realm from Itchen to Otter   By: (1873-)

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Wanderings in Wessex by Edric Holmes invites readers on an enthralling journey through the captivating landscapes and hidden corners of Southern England. At first glance, one might assume that the book is solely a travelogue, documenting the author's exploration from the Itchen River to the Otter Valley. However, Holmes masterfully weaves together various elements such as history, natural beauty, folklore, and personal anecdotes, transcending the boundaries of a traditional travel narrative.

Holmes effortlessly transports readers into the heart of Wessex, an evocative region teeming with its distinct charm. With his vivid descriptions and keen eye for detail, the author effortlessly captures the essence of each place he encounters, from bustling market towns to tranquil countryside. The writing style is both eloquent and engaging, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the narrative and feel intimately connected to every location.

One of the book's most remarkable features is its historical depth. Holmes unearths fascinating tales of the region, intertwining them seamlessly with his own experiences. From Dark Age legends to Roman ruins, every page invites readers to dig deeper into Wessex's rich past. Moreover, the author's meticulous research and passion for the subject shine through, providing an insightful and educational perspective on the places he explores.

While the book predominantly focuses on the physical landscapes, the author also delves into the intangible aspects of Wessex's character. Holmes artfully captures the spirit of the region through encounters with locals, folklore, and the timeless connection between people and the land. His profound appreciation for nature is evident in his descriptions of rolling hills, meandering rivers, and ancient woods. These passages not only paint a picturesque image but also evoke a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.

One of the few drawbacks of Wanderings in Wessex is that at times, the narrative becomes slightly meandering. Although the tangents and diversions enhance the book's overall charm, they occasionally detract from the flow of the storytelling. However, this slight detour never diminishes the genuine enthusiasm and passion of the author, which ultimately keeps readers engrossed.

In conclusion, Wanderings in Wessex is a captivating and thought-provoking book that will undoubtedly delight lovers of travel, history, and nature alike. Edric Holmes' ability to seamlessly combine these elements creates a delightful reading experience that leaves a lasting impression. Whether you are planning your own explorations of Wessex or simply seeking an immersive armchair adventure, this book is a must-read for anyone yearning to wander through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Southern Realm.

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Author of "Seaward Sussex," etc.

With 12 full page drawings by


and over one hundred illustrations in the text by the author.

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Dear hills do lift their heads aloft From whence sweet springes doe flow Whose moistvr good both firtil make The valleis covchte belowe Dear goodly orchards planted are In frvite which doo abovnde Thine ey wolde make thy hart rejoice To see so pleasant grovnde

( Anon. 16th Century )


The obvious limitations imposed by the size of this volume upon its contents, and the brief character of the reference to localities that require separate treatment to do them justice, would call for an apology if it were not made clear that the object of the book is but to introduce the would be traveller in one of the fairest quarters of England to some of its glories, both of natural beauty and of those due to the skill and labour of man.

The grateful thanks of the author are due to those of his predecessors on the high roads and in the by ways of Wessex who, in time past, have chronicled their researches into the history and lore of the country side. In one way only can he claim an equality with them in a deep and undying affection for this beautiful and gracious province of the Motherland... Continue reading book >>

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