Pesda Press

Rock Trails Lakeland - A Hillwalker’s Guide to the Geology & Scenery by Paul Gannon

In this easy to read book Paul explains the origins of the magnificent scenery of Lakeland. Continental plates collide, volcanoes burst through the earth’s crust, great flows of ash and molten rock pour into the sea; rock is strained to the point of catastrophic collapse, and ancient glaciers scour the land. In the first half of the book Paul describes the views out over the mountains and back through time, charting the formation of Lakeland, describing factors such as tectonic collisions which have heaved up the land, great flows of lava and explosive eruptions which mixed and deformed the old rock, massive caldera collapses, freeze/thaw creation of rocky tors, sharp rocky ridges carved by flowing glaciers, and the human influence of mining and tourism. In the second half Paul leads you on fifteen walks which reveal the grand story of the creation of this magnificent landscape and provide superb views.

Others have dealt with the geology but few can have described it with such enthusiasm and clarity” - Cumberland News

The walks in the book:
1 - Gasgale Gill & Hopegill Head
2 - Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks
3 - Mosedale Horseshoe
4 - Scafell & Scafell Pike
5 - Great Gable Girdle
6 - Bowfell
7 - Langdale Pikes
8 - Helvellyn & Grisedale
9 - High Street
10 - Fairfield Horseshoe
11 - Catbells & Derwentwater
12 - High Rigg & Low Rigg
13 - Lingmoor Fell
14 - Wastwater
15 - Pike o’Blisco

260 pages; 204 full colour photos, 44 maps & diagrams, fold-out topographic & geology maps; geology glossary & index of place names with grid references