Alexandra Richards was born in the tiny village of Stour Provost in picturesque north Dorset, where she lived until her mid-20s. Career and travel writing then took her elsewhere, but she has always kept a base in Dorset, never wanting to sever ties with the county, and spending time away has given her a new appreciation for – and (visitor's) perspective on – the area. Dorset's hold on Alex has only grown stronger with time and she is now returning to live there full time. Alex has explored the Dorset countryside in a variety of ways, on horseback, on foot, by bicycle and by 4x4. She has a particular interest in natural history and conservation, and enjoys following the work of the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Having grown up in a farming community, she also has a real appreciation for Dorset's local produce, which is some of the finest in the country. Alex's local knowledge – of people, places, traditions and folklore – makes this a truly personal guide and introduces the reader to some Dorset secrets that only a local would know.