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4 5 Watkins spent the following years verifying his initial discovery. He travelled extensively in his home county of Herefordshire photographing sites and accumulating an impressive collection of data, which was published in 1925 as The Old Straight Track. He had concluded that the alignment of prominent hills and the ranks of minor mark points between them represented the routes of prehistoric traders carrying salt, pottery and flint. Ignored by the archaeologists of the day it quickly became a best seller and ley hunting soon became a popular pastime. Within two years the Straight Track Postal Portfolio Club was established by ley enthusiasts to investigate leys for themselves. They circulated their researches in a series of portfolios, which were posted in turn to each member. Many leys were proposed, some of which clearly could never have been traders tracks and soon members started to question Watkins key discoveries. Though many strange theories were proposed for leys, noone seemed to be any closer to finding a satisfactory explanation. With the outbreak of war in 1939 the Club eventually broke up and Watkins theory was largely forgotten until the 1960s. Opposite Alfed Watkins announces the first ever excursion of the Straight Track Club in Hereford in 1933. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. ThE firST lEy huNTErS the Straight Track Club
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