Pesda Press

Published 5th of January 2011, Rock Trails Peak District - A Hillwalker’s Guide to the Geology & Scenery by Paul Gannon.

A highly polished guide to the geology and scenery of the Peak District partly told through fifteen varied hill walks that explain the origins and make up of the White and Dark Peaks. Written clearly and intelligently for the inquisitive walker and not overly heavy on technical jargon” - Walk (Ramblers’ magazine)

The best Peak District guidebook so far produced” - Down to Earth magazine

This is the story of the Peak landscape from its tropical beginnings to its rugged gritty present. Limestone reefs grow in the shallows of tropical seas, taking captive fossilised sea creatures. As the seas shift and coastlines change, sandstones build up on the banks of a great river delta. Forests of giant ferns take hold of the land, leaving behind a legacy of coal. From the water worn limestone of the White Peal to the wind-sculpted sandstones of the Dark Peak, the landscape here is always atmospheric. There are mysterious dry valleys with no sign of running water, caves adorned with sumptuous stalactite chandeliers and the remains on an industrial era built on mineral riches. In the first part of the book Paul pens a clear account of how the present day landscape evolved. In the second part he leads you on a series of fifteen walks which afford spectacular views of the best of the Peak District scenery and reveal evidence of the landscape’s intriguing history.

Rock Trails Peak District is the third book in the Rock Trails series

With the publication of the Rock Trails Peak District volume, we have the third in what I hope will be an ongoing series. Historically, we have to go back to the 1970s for a series of books which started with landscape; the David & Charles ‘Geology Explained” books.’ Down to Earth magazine

The walks in the book:
1 - Kinder Scout
2 - Bretton Clough
3 - Mam Tor & Back Tor
4 - Upper Dove & Manifold valleys
5 - Chrome Hill
6 - High Wheeldon
7 - Wolfscote Dale & Ecton Hill
8 - Lower Dovedale
9 - Stanage Edge
10 - Crubar Edge
11 - The Roaches & Gradbach Hill
12 - Lathkill Dale
13 - Cave Dale & Winnats
14 - National Stone Centre, Middleton Moor & Black Rock
15 - Wye Valley & Chelmorton Low

218 pages; 162 full colour photos, 35 maps & diagrams, fold-out topographic and geology maps; geology glossary & index of place names with grid references. ISBN 9781906095246.