You scramble up over the dunes of an isolated beach. You climb to the summit of a lonely hill. You pick your way through
the eerie hush of a forest. And then you find them. The traces of the past. Perhaps they are marked by a tiny symbol on
your map, perhaps not. There are no plaques to explain their fading presence before you, nothing to account for what
they once were – who made them, lived in them or abandoned them. Now they are merged with the landscape. They are
being reclaimed by nature. They are wild history.
In this book acclaimed author and presenter James Crawford introduces many such places all over the country, form the
ruins of prehistoric forts and ancient, arcane burial sites, to abandoned bothies and boathouses, and the derelict traces of
old, faded industry.