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Pictorial Guides to The Mountains of Snowdonia by John Gillham
A Pictorial Guide to the Mountains of Snowdonia,
Volume 1 The Northern Peaks. ISBN: 978074229730,
and A Pictorial Guide to the Mountains of Snowdonia,
Volume 2 The Western Peaks. ISBN 978074230620.
Published by Frances Lincoln Limited.
John Gillham has produced the first
two books in a series of four, which are
intended to form a comprehensive guide
to the mountains of Snowdonia. Each of
these first volumes, covering the northern
and western peaks of the region, include
around 100 mountain walks of varying
The author was influenced in his early years by the
books of Poucher and Wainwright and this clearly
shows in his work. His black and white sketches of
the mountain landscapes are very reminiscent of
AW’s drawings of fell ascents in his Pictorial Guides
to the Lakeland Fells; he has also included ridge
routes between the various summits as Wainwright
did. At the end of each chapter, for the group of
mountains in question, there are two or three
expeditions entitled ‘Days Out’ of five or more
hours’ duration, several of which are horseshoe
walks. The books are also well illustrated with
colour photographs on nearly every page.
This set of four books (Volume 3 covering eastern
Snowdonia and Volume 4 covering southern
Snowdonia are due to be published in March
2011) means that those of us who over the
last thirty-five years have had to walk through
Snowdonia with only the OS maps as our guide,
will have available a comprehensive set of books to
assist us on our travels.
I think these first two books are spectacular and I
look forward to reading and using the remainder of
the series in due course.
John Burland -
Member No. 2