The Moor by William Atkins

Review published on April 10, 2015.

The Moor. Just the thought of it can bring up feelings of bleakness, isolation and forbidding places. And Britain has its fair share of moorland too, from the windswept southern moors in Cornwall and Devon to the harsh and uncompromising northern moors of Yorkshire and Lancashire.

And yet these places have supported industries and livelihoods for hundreds of years and inspired some of the most well known literature as well as providing a perfect environment for some of the unique flora and fauna so adapted to these places.

In this book, Atkins walks these moors to uncover their past events and the people that inhabited them, as well as absorb their stark beauty. In the very heart of Dartmoor he visits the prison, which presents any prisoner intent on escaping with the toughest of journeys. He joins shoots on the moors, and visits those that still have legends that haunt the location.

Well worth reading, Atkins has given us a fascinating account of some of the harshest environments that this country has, and has brought the history of them alive.

Paul Cheney
3.5 stars

The Moor by William Atkins is one of six titles that have been shortlisted for the Thwaites Wainwrights Prize 2015

 

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