Snowdonia: a land known for its craggy peaks, dark cwms and narrow, rocky ridges. But it’s also an area of sumptuous woodland, dramatic glacial valleys and jaw-dropping views from lower summits and hillsides. And it’s on the latter group that Carl Rogers’ Walking in Northern Snowdonia focuses, featuring 20 straightforward walks north of the Vale of Ffestiniog. The Aber Falls, Llynnau Mymbyr and the lower slopes of the Carneddau are among those included in an eclectic collection of walks. The routes, all described in comprehensive detail, range in length from 4½ to 7¾ miles, covering a variety of terrain.
But this book is so much more than just a walking guide. Rogers’ passion for the area comes through repeatedly: from his descriptions of the landscape to his knowledgeable insights into local history and culture. I was particularly pleased to see a glossary of Welsh place names close to the beginning of the book.
I haven’t yet had a chance to sample any of the walks, but this book will definitely be coming with me next time I visit Snowdonia.
Review by Vivienne Crow