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The Drovers' Roads of Wales

By Fay Godwin and Shirley Toulson

Published by Wildwood House, London, 1977

This listing of Contents, Photographs & Maps compiled by Gareth Hicks, Feb 2002

The book has its own index of places and people mentioned in it

Introduction        Contents       Photographs     Maps





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Copied from the book's rear cover.

"Through the heart of Wales run innumerable centuries-old tracks --- many still traceable and open. They are the Drovers' Roads. For hundreds of years --- from the Middle Ages to the victory of the railways around 1900 --- they were trodden by tens of thousands of cattle, sheep and even geese being driven --- at an average of 2 mph --- to the markets of London. The drovers --- many of them now Welsh folk legends --- avoiding the main roads, walked their flocks through villages, lively market towns, sometimes following Roman and even earlier highways, passing ancient sites and megaliths and through some of the most dramatic landscapes of Wales.

This is a guide book through space and time. It will help the reader find, follow and appreciate some of the best of these old highways. Shirley Toulson re-creates the world of the drovers, its farms, its markets, its inns, its dangers, its economics. Fay Godwin follows her well-known photographs of the Ridgeway with an equally arresting vision of the Welsh landscape through the seasons, and in many moods..................."

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Names of some places shown on the maps/diagrams are included in the descriptions, there are many others on the maps

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Gareth Hicks

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