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    John Gillham(Author)

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Although Snowdonia is not as prettily dressed up with pastures, oakwoods or cottage gardens as the Lake District and it's not as wild and spacious as Scotland, it shares many of the best attributes of both places - and in just the right measure. And yet,

while the Lake District and Scotland have been well served by mountain guide books, there has never been a comprehensive illustrated guide to the mountains of Snowdonia. The Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia by John Gillham changes all that.



Influenced in his early years by the works of Poucher and Wainwright, Gillham has adopted a unique style of 3D mapping that proved popular in his long-running TGO magazine series 'Way to Go'. In a brand new series of four books he uses the drawings to good effect, charting ascents up almost all the Snowdonian mountains, whether they be well-known or seldom-trod. The books are sumptuously illustrated by the author's colour photographs, which have been taken in all seasons and in all weather conditions.



The Pictorial Guide to the Mountains of Snowdonia Vol 1 - the Northern Peaks is the first in the series of four books. This volume encompasses the Carneddau, the Glyderau and the Nantgwynant ranges. Mountains, famous and not-so-famous, large and not-so-large, are brought to life by the author's panoramic 3-D sketch maps.



In the north the Carneddau are the Cairngorms of Wales, with a great expanse of long broad ridges rising from the Irish Sea. In the north they are remote, and a serene quietude reigns, while in the south the more celebrated peaks such as Carnedd Llewellyn are higher and more bouldery, with their northern faces scoured by glaciers into cliffs, crags and gullies.



The Glyderau peaks face the Carneddau across Nant Ffrancon and the Llugwy valley. They're compact, rugged, and more random in their sculptural makeup: more Giacometti than Henry Moore. But all the great mountain features are here: corries, jagged spurs, tarns, ridges and waterfalls. Both the scrambler and the walker will be in their element.



Less well known are the mountains of Nantgwynant, which lie to the east of Snowdon. Moel Siabod, the northern bastion, is a mighty peak with two fine ridges and a rocky spur providing a sporty ascent to the summit. The peaks to its south are knobbly, grassy in some places: heathery in others, and have jewel-like tarns made secretive by the rocky bluffs that protect them from the elements.



Northern Snowdonia awaits your discovery….

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • John Gillham(Author)
  • Frances Lincoln; Flexibound edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • English
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  • By Guest on 18 April 2017

    Fantastic! Now have the whole set! Thanks!

  • By Farkins on 27 October 2010

    There are so many walking books, in different styles, ones for ridges, others for peaks, some for gentle strolls or scrambles and so on. Since moving to Snowdonia I've amassed a shelf full and when it comes to planning a weekend with my cronies I turn to that shelf. But, no offence to those books, I could replace the lot with The Mountains of Snowdonia, by John Gillham.Instead of short changing the reader with abbreviated descriptions or cherry picking routes, John has covered it all by expanding into a quadrilogy, a series of 4 volumes. The first 2 are available now with the others due in spring 2011.What I like is the balance between interesting information and details of navigation. I think he's got it right. Several ways are described of getting to each peak giving the reader à la carte choice to custom build an expedition. But if you'd prefer the ready-made option there are suggested day routes.Using volume 2, The Western Peaks, I tested out the day route covering the southern Rhinogydd. No amount of adjectives can ever bring to life quite how magical it can be but John does it proud nevertheless. As for the guideline time of 5 hours, I don't think that included much opportunity for savouring the best bits. Bumping into the farmers and their dogs gathering sheep off the ridge between Y Llethyr and Diffwys is an occasion I will remember for ages, with an indignant line of wild goats marching out of the way.I wish I'd consulted volume 1, The Northern Peaks, before my last effort on Tryfan. I know now exactly where I went wrong! The panoramic 3D maps, with a touch of artistic licence, make so much sense of the routes.As for my home range, Moelwyn Bach and Mawr, I'll have to wait for volume 3 and volume 4 for Cadair Idris and southwards. At [...] each that's probably not such a bad thing but it is definitely an investment worth making. As usual Amazon prices make it all a bit more affordable.Huw Jenkins 27th October 2010

  • By Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS on 22 April 2011

    Over the years there have been countless publications on the ever so popular Snowdonia National Park, with it's northern most peak Tal Y fan near Rowen and Conwy right, down to Cadair Idris in the south, which is on the very fringes of the southern most boundary of the park.Within that large area are an incredible diversity of mountain ranges from the northern most Carneddau, the Glyderau, Snowdon, Moelwyns, The Nantlle Valley, Rhinogs, The Arrans, The Berwyns, the Mignient and Cadair Idris and other's i have forgotten to mention no doubt.You can read every O/S map showing you the contours and villages within the Park, but to glean what a particular peak, however remote has to offer the walker, you must consult a comprehensive guide such as this one.There is a lifetime of adventure to be discovered and these most impressive Pictorial Guides will provide very comprehensive and detailed information on possible routes with photographs and diagrams to ensure you stay on your chosen path.It has not been since the likes of the late Showell Styles with his early 1970s publications that a book has been produced for each individual area of the Park.There are so many outlying peaks off the ever so crowded highways of Snowdonia that to tick them off would take the serious walker many months to complete.Let's take the lofty summit of Carnedd Lewellyn in the Carneddau for example.It has several main ridges travelling in different directions as well as other less frequented path's over Yr Ellen and Craig Yr Ysfa.This book will give you detailed route descriptions to them all with clearly designed drawings to show the walker where they are.Choose your summit and depending on which area publication you read it will give you a detailed explanation of all the main routes to that summit.These books represent superb value when considering the information they provide the walker and casual visitor.Even the carefully chosen photographs of which there are many throughout the pages of each individual guide will enhance your understanding of the area and terrain to be followed.you only have to use the handy Look Inside facility being offered by Amazon to realise just how comprehensive these guides are.If you are visiting Snowdonia for the first time or getting fed up with the crowded areas in and around Snowdon these books will provide you with all the information you need to explore Snowdonia in all it's majesty.

  • By Guest on 8 August 2016

    Wow ! Great book, superbly written and what a choice of routes and mountains. The author looks at mountains that I am very familiar with from so many different angles and clearly depicts the routes both pictorially and through description. Haven't actually had a chance to use either of my books yet (also given the Western Peaks edition) but I have spent a lot of time reading them with my maps out...........planning ! They are that sort of book. They make you want to get out and about doing things slightly differently !

  • By Ps Beer on 27 October 2011

    This a very good book on the area , i used it for the ascent of Y Garn And devils Kitchen in the Ogwen valley area . Nice photos and Sketches )


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