The Pang Valley has been occupied by wildlife and people since soon after the end of the last Ice Age approximately 12,000 years ago. The book explores the richness that results from the valley's heritage and provides readers with the tools to allow them to take the exploration further.
Richly illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, each of the fourteen chapters describes some part of the Pang Valley with an emphasis on some aspect of it's natural wildlife, it's archaeology or it's history. A map of a walk around the area allows you to see for your self.
Dick Greenaway has lived in the valley since 1969 and has been besotted with the study of all aspects of landscape since childhood. He has published a number of booklets on the history and wildlife of the locality and co-edited "In the Valley of the Pang" (2002) with Dorcas Ward. He was awarded the MBE for services to surveying and the environment.
Dorcas Ward was born and grew up in the valley as part of a Bradfield family with deep local roots. She is a noted amateur artist and her drawings grace and enhance this book, as they did the previous volume.
Ben McFarland is a professional freshwater biologist with the Environment Agency who has carried out a number of studies into the freshwater ecology of the River Pang.
Stephen Walker, The Family Bookshop
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Having moved to the area covered by the book some 9 years ago, it was only after reading this book we realised how little we knew about the area we lived in.
The book takes the form of a number of walks that link features of interest. Explanations of each of these unusual features are included along with a general description of the area each walk covers.
Whilst the area covered is compact and only covers one small valley in West Berkshire - it serves as an interesting guide book for anyone wishing for a walk in beautiful area with a difference. How else would you know what a man made rabbit warren looks like (when rabbits were first introduced to the UK), how WW2 shaped the area and that there are mines under the village of Yattendon!
There are also details on the river Pang itself which is an unusual chalk stream that serves as an indicator of the health of the aquifer beneath. Order this book and get your walking boots on and see what you have been missing.