The Pengelly Trust publishes:
Booklets about caves and related subjects
Newsletter - free to members
Journal - "Studies in Speleology" which is free to members
A 44 page full colour illustrated booklet decsribing the limestome caves in and around Buckfastleigh, Devon. It includes a description of the geology of the area and of the history of the discovery and exploration of the caves, with a description of each cave and arrangements for access. This is a description written for the interested visitor to the area.
This is a story that began 350 million years ago when Devon was part of a landmass south of the equator. This 20 page colour booklet traces the development of the coral limestone that forms Buckfastleigh Hill and in which the caves have formed. It describes the formation of Dartmoor and the impact that had on the older rocks. A must for anyone who wants to understand the background of what’s there to be seen at the Trust’s cave studies centre.
The sequence of deposits that have been found in Kents Cavern in Torquay are now known to cover a half-million year history, making it one of the most important cave sites in the world. In this very readable and well illustrated 48 page Field Guide, Joyce Lundberg and Donald McFarlane show how the cave first formed and the climatic and geological changes that have determined each stage in its subsequent development. They describe the excavations that revealed its secrets to William Pengelly in the 19th century and to others who have built on his work.The Guide then takes you on a tour of the cave, describing the evidence on which our understanding is built. They provide clear and authoratitive information, backed by clear diagrams and photographs that reveal how the complex story of Kents Cavern has been unravelled.
Visitors to the Trust’s cave studies centre at Buckfastleigh are taken on a guided walk around the hill and into the quarry. Although visits to Joint Mitnor Cave can only be by prior arrangement, these guides enable you to to the surface walks by yourself and learn at first hand about the caves and the local area.
Created when Britain lay south of the equator, Devon's ancient limestones are as exciting and interesting as any rocks in the British Isles. And so are the caves which have been formed in the rocks by the action of water over hundreds of thousands of years. Over the last two centuries of research, these caves have yielded up a vast store of information about our past climates and about the people, animals and plants that once inhabited this part of Britain. The walks in this booklet are packed full of interest and information. They are described in great detail and you can use the booklet to explore parts of Devon that you might ordinarily miss, combining the walks in ways to suit yourself. Better still, the walks provide a healthy antidote to holiday over-indulgence and good exercise for both mind and body. Written and produced by knowledgeable authors, this is a small book to treasure.
The contents cover 13 walks in the Plymouth, Yealmpton, Buckfastleinh, Torquay, Brixham and Chudleigh areas and there is a general introduction to the geology, notes on access and some items for further reading. There are route and geological maps for all the walks, full route details and many illustrations showing key points of interest on the walks.