The Vale of White Horse is an ancient place steeped in both history & legend.
It was where The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings were dreamed, where the Moles of Duncton Wood wandered and where on of the most recent polymaths fed his giraffe whilst taking tea with Salvador Dali. But also, it is a thriving place with communities, with innovative hi-tec companies discovering and making things that might be better understood by the Ancient Gods at the Wayland Smithy than by us: mere mortals.
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This book grew out of a desire to celebrate our local area. The pages comprise a mixture of places that have inspired or intrigued individuals living in the Vale. The beautiful images are a simple balance of amateur photography and artistic interpretation. They all capture a particular time or place important to the contributor.
Our initial contributions came through a local competition, with over 300 entries submitted. The winning entries are identified in the opening pages. Our aspiration has been, from the outset, to create a publication that one would keep and revisit from time to time. Without pretensions, we want to encourage you to get out and about, to do one thing each week and to explore what the Vale has to offer. This book is not just about the formal attractions. It includes recommendations for spontaneous activity.
Go for a walk, find a particular view, maybe take a paintbrush and capture the moment in a similar way to some of our artists.
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