"Countryside walks in and around Four Marks" was first published by the team behind Four Marks News in 2007. A second revised edition published in 2013 may be known to many of you due to the bright vivid orange cover.
In 2020 we became aware that stocks of the 2013 Second Edition were running low and we had to do something about it. So a new third edition was needed, and with the every changing area we live in, it was going to need many revisions and updates.
So in July 2021 a new third edition has been produced. The most striking change readers will see is the beautiful colour illustration by local artist Rachel Hudson. The idea was to illustrate one of the views described in Walk 6 from the book, looking west from the edge of Old Down Wood and incorporates a glimpse of the Watercress Line within the natural environment. Rachel also designed the village sign on the memorial green and her work has been commissioned for other signs soon to be seen around the village.
All the internal illustrations and fine maps are the work of Campbell E Scotland and we remain very grateful for his wonderful work and commitment that any excess profits from the sale of the booklet will go to local worthy causes. We have also updated the printed list of grants given in recent times by Four Marks News.
It has been a huge team effort to review every walk by Arthur Barlow and Cathy Turton and their colleagues from Alton Ramblers. The countryside code wording has been revised but is not changed in spirit.
We are very grateful to Arrows, Triple FFF Brewery shop and to Garthowen Garden Centre for helping to fund the publication costs with their advertisements and by stocking the walks book. Thanks also go to Brothers Bakehouse, Cedar Vets, Clementines, Hampers Cafe, Read Butchers, and Rivers who are all stockists of both this walks book and the Four Marks News magazine and to Castle Of Comfort for not only being a refreshment point on some of the walks, but also for stocking the Walks Book.