The A303: Highway to the Sun

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The A303: Highway to the Sun

The A303: Highway to the Sun

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Presenter Tom Fort travels the road in a clapped out Morris Minor and in essence bores the viewer to death. Highway to the Sun as a title has rather a desperate air, rather like an ad man’s invention of Torquay as “the English Riviera”. His object is to reveal the special beauty of the landscape, particularly Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge (pictured).

In this fully revised and updated edition, Tom Fort gives voice to the stories this road has to tell, from the bluestones of Stonehenge, Roman roads and drovers paths to turnpike tollhouses, mad vicars, wicked Earls and solstice seekers, the history, geography and culture of this road tells a story of an English way of life. Even if the A358->A303 renaming went ahead as you describe I see no possible reason for that to present a case for renumbering the A30 as A35. For my input on the renumbering discussion whilst it would make sense in one hand I think most people would object, it's a road that goes from A to B and its name or number is academic. There's also political history in the context of road planning and development that goes beyond the A303, as well as other facts and side-shoots of information about wider-ranging subjects.I particularly enjoyed seeing the 18th Century folly to King Alfred, the historic intersection of the Ridgeway and Harrow paths (memories of the unforgettable Ridgeway Path 1970s Public Information Film) and the Fosse Way continuation of the A303.

It's a history too, and that's interweaved with the landmarks and brought to life with some very interesting potted biographies. We take pride in offering a wide selection of used books, from classics to hidden gems, ensuring there is something for every literary palate.I'll preface this by saying I was a fan of Tom Fort already, having read Channel Shore, and The Village News, both of which I really enjoyed. This is a well-written book, with touches of Bill Bryson's travelogues ("I warmed at once to Ilchester [. Bought this for my stepdad who has driven along the 303 countless times over the years and seen all the changes along its length.

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