Pesda Press

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

Rock Trails Snowdonia is your guide to the rocks and mountains of Snowdonia. A sturdy little guidebook, sized for the top of your rucksack, it’s an easy to understand account of the geology of Snowdonia, with thirteen guided walks; and crammed with photos, maps and diagrams. It’s pitched at the hillwalker and uses a minimum of technical geological jargon.

In this very readable read book Paul explains the origins of the enchanting scenery of Snowdonia from its creation through crashing continental tectonic plates, violent volcanoes and overpowering glacial gouging as well as the hand of humans through quarrying. In the first half of the book Paul accounts in clear language how the landscape came about. In the second half he leads you on 13 walks which describe the views out over the mountains and back through time. The walks range from easy to challenging, but all offer superb geological examples and very fine views.

Fascinating” - TGO magazine

A cracking little book” - MLTE newsletter

The walks in the book:
1 - Snowdon
2 - Glyder Fach & Twll Du (Devil’s Kitchen)
3 - Glyder Fach
4 - Tryfan
5 - Y Carneddau
6 - Elidir Fawr
7 - Carnedd y Cribau
8 - Northern Glyderau Cwms
9 - Nant Gwynant
10 - Llyn Padarn
11 - Llanberis pass
12 - Cwm Dwythwch
13 - Vivian & Dinorwig Slate Quarries

There’s also a 14th ‘bonus’ walk that can be downloaded from this site - see link at bottom of page.

240 pages; 179 full colour photographs, 48 maps & diagrams, fold-out topographic & geology maps; geology glossary & index of place names with grid references.