FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
Anthony Poulton-Smith

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My interest in place names came from tracing ley lines across the Midlands. Often place names are the only surviving markers of these ancient trackways. It was from my interest in leys and thus place names that I wrote the books examining the origins and meanings. Now I shall trace these trackways on foot, taking in markers that have been in existence for millenia to travel in a straight line from Shropshire and Gloucestershire in the west to Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire in the east. Some maintain leys are the result of some 'earth force', others that they are the earliest routes marked out across our islands. Whether they are tracked by dowsing or by a simple line on a map this is an interesting read for walkers, historians, visitors and locals alike, and provides a very different view of the ancient history of the Midlands.