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ISBN: 9780857100184
AUTHOR: Mike Cope
A Boot Up the Hampshire Hangers
A Boot Up the Hampshire Hangers
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The Hampshire Hangers are a belt of ancient woodland that clings to the steep slopes of the Chalk and Upper Greensand scarps, that stretch from Langrish to Binsted. The term 'hanger' is derived from an old English word 'hangra', meaning a wooded slope.

The area around the Hampshire Hangers has inspired many writers and artists. Selborne is associated with the eighteenth century curate Gilbert White, author of the ‘Natural History of Selborne’, and one of the founding fathers of natural history recording. Steep was where Edward Thomas found the inspiration and material for the majority of his poetry. Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life at Chawton, writing and revising her great romantic comedies.

The village of Selborne lies at the heart of the Hampshire Hangers. Of the ten selected walks in this book, six of the routes are along the Chalk Hangers to the south of the village, and the remaining four are largely confined to the Upper Greensand Hangers to the north and east. They range from 4½ - 9¼ miles and suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.

Halsgrove’s guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the Hampshire Hangers.

Mike Cope lives in Woking, Surrey and has been walking the Surrey countryside on a regular basis with local and national walking groups for over 20 years. He is a freelance writer for Country Walking magazine, and has published over 30 walking routes for Surrey, Hampshire and Staffordshire. In 1995, he became a member of the Edward Thomas Fellowship, and has been captivated by the Hampshire Hangers countryside ever since. He has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, and when he isn’t walking or writing, works as a lab manager for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 018 4, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published September 2010. Reprinted August 2016.

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