Dyma'r gyntaf mewn cyfres o bedwar llyfr am fynyddoedd Eryri. Mae'r gyfrol hon yn canolbwyntio ar y Carneddau, y Glyderau a Nantgwynant. Ceir yma fanylion, mapiau a brasluniau 3D am fynyddoedd enwog a llai amlwg, rhai mawr a'r rhai llai.
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 3D sketch maps.
John Gillham introduces the first in this series of four volumes on the mountains of Snowdonia with a quote from Ruskin, ‘To myself, mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery: in them and in forms of inferior landscape that lead to them, my affections are wholly bound up.’ From the first paragraph, in which he escapes from his computer into the hills, it’s clear where the author’s affections are bound up, too. Having walked to most of the summits in Wales and England, and many of the peaks in the Alpine regions of Europe, Snowdonia is his favourite.
The book is divided into three sections covering the diverse terrain of the Carneddau, the Glyderau and the Nantgwynant ranges. Each section is a treasure trove of routes to different peaks, with additional, linking ridge-route descriptions to allow walkers to put their own itinerary together. There are also longer, mainly circular, day walk options in each of the regions. Aimed at the more seasoned walker, an OS map and some experience of the hills in varying conditions would be an essential accompaniment.
Throughout the guide, there are tantalising photographs as well as the author’s own delightful 3D drawings which he describes thus in his introduction: ‘Artistic licence is my advantage over modern digital imaging: I can see around a bend’. Dry humour and a sheer joy for the mountains infuse the text, with individual routes being summed up in a couple of opening lines or phrases such as, for Cwm Anafon, ‘Pleasant, easy-paced walk with a sting in the tail’; Pen y Gwryd and Bwlch y Ddwy Glyder, ‘A rough route with few paths – for masochists only’; Nant Ffrancon, ‘rather devious’; Cwmorthin and Rhosydd, ‘Lofty windswept lakes and a dramatic slate cwm highlight a fascinating route’; Capel Curig and Tal-y-waun, ‘Terrain a bit squelchy in the early stages’, and Braich y Ddeugwm, ‘A stairway to heaven’.
The author is in his element in these hills. He calls them ‘the real world’. I agree. He shares them with his reader with passion, deep respect for the mountains and an enthusiasm which would break anyone free from the chain of ‘the darned computer’ to get out there, walking.
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