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Welsh Climbing Guidebooks - North & Mid-Wales

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Wales is well covered by climbing guides, thanks mainly to the work of the Climbers' Club and new routes can be reported at http://www.climbers-club.co.uk/newroutes.html.

Pete's Eats' New Routes Book (without the rude bits) contains a lot of new routes details from North Wales.

Selected Guides: These guides offer a selection of the best routes in the area covered.

Rockfax - North Wales Climbs

£29.95

You wait ages for an up to date full colour photo diagrammatic guide to rock climbing in Snowdonia and then two appear at once (well almost at once)! It spans the major mountain crags from Llanberis Pass, to Cloggy; and from Ogwen to the Carneddau. It also includes the Llanberis Slate quarries, Tremadog, the Moelwyns, the Gwynant Valley, Mid-Wales, Gogarth and the Ormes of Llandudno.

 

Ground Up - North Wales Rock

£24.95

Superb full colour selected climbs guide to North Wales. The main climbing areas of Llanberis, Slate, Ogwen, Tremadog, Gogarth, Lleyn and Llandudno are all covered in good detail with absolutely loads of excellent photo topos and action photos. A brilliant guide and the one to get if you want one guide to cover Snowdonia and Gogarth.

 

Rockfax - Poketz North Wales Classics

£16.95

Diminutive pocket sized selected climbs guide to Snowdonia with a good selection of routes (75 Mod to S, 120 HS to HVS, 94 E1 to E3 and a few harder ones) and clear photo topos. It covers most of the areas a visitor would want to visit with the exception of Gogarth and also includes a smattering of winter routes.

 

Frances Lincoln - Rock Climbing in Snowdonia

£12.99

Excellent, if slightly dated, selected rock climbing guide to North Wales. Includes all the major areas such as Llanberis, Cloggy, Ogwen and Tremadog. Also Gogarth and North Wales Limestone.

 

Cicerone - The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland

£17.95

Attractive quite large format book which describes 48 classic ridge climbs in England, Wales and Ireland from Moderate scrambles through to MXS climbing on the Isle of Wight's Skeleton Ridge. Some are described as winter outings, but most are summer climbs.

 

Ape Index - Boulder Britain

£25.00

Boulder Britain is a selected guide to the best 3000 boulder problems in Britain. There has never been a guidebook like this before!

 

Jingo Wobbly - The Climber's Handbook to England & Wales

£19.95

Superbly produced new guide to the major crags, bouldering spots, climbing walls, gear shops, clubs, cafes, pubs and campsites of England and Wales. NB This is not a climbing guide as such in that routes are not described.

 

Definitive Guides: The CC guides include every climb in the area described. Some of the other guides listed may not be completely definitive.

Northern Soul - North Wales Bouldering

OP

£18.95

Simon Panton's block-buster - 300 pages of fantastic looking problems. Clear, easy to follow topos and descriptions for all of north Wales's best bouldering areas - Llanberis Pass, Ogwen Valey, Porth Ysgo and Llandudno. Obscure outlying areas are also covered in detail. Sorry, out of print - new edition due March 2014.

 

Ground Up - Parisella's Cave

£4.95

Mini photo-topo guide to top notch North Wales bouldering area of Parisella's Cave, Split Infinity Cave and Breck Road. Contains over 100 problems.

 

CC - North Wales Limestone

OP

Rather out of date guide to this fast developing coastal area.

Sorry - out of print.

 

Rockfax - North Wales Limestone

OP

More up to date than, and virtually as comprehensive as, the definitive guide. Does not include Craig y Forwen.

Sorry - out of print.

 

Pesda Press - A55 Sport Climbs

£13.99

A slim volume covering a handful of sport climbing venues all reached within milliseconds of your car from the A55 North Wales coast road.

 

Ground Up - Gogarth North

£18.95

All colour definitive guide to the northern part of Gogarth. Covers Holyhead Mountain, Upper Tier, Main Cliff, Easter Island Gully, Wen Zawn, Flytrap area, North Stack, and Tsunami Zawn as well as Breakwater Quarry, Craig Badrig, Portllechog, Benllech, Fedw Fawr and various other minor crags of the north coast of Anglesey.

 

CC - Gogarth

£11.00

The most atmospheric sea-cliff climbing in the UK. In addition to Gogarth itself, it also covers Holyhead Mountain, Breakwater Quarry, Rhoscolyn, The Range, a load of minor crags and a section on sea level traverses.

 

CC - Ogwen

£22.50

An excellent guide jam packed with routes, photos, topos and useful information. Covers the major cragging areas of Cwm Idwal, Glyder Fach and Tryfan plus just about everything else in the area west of the A5 between Capel Curig and Bethesda.

 

The guide to the Carneddau is available as a CC PDF in various formats.

The guide to Crafnant is available as a CC PDF.

CC - Llanberis

£22.50

Much improved Llanberis guide - a complete reassessment of the valley, with new routes right up to autumn 2008 and separate sections covering the major bouldering areas.

 

Ground Up - Llanberis Slate

£24.95

Long awaited replacement to the long out of print Llanberis Slate guide. A superb production with loads of clear colour maps, excellent photodiagrams and superb action shots scattered liberally amongst route descriptions and interesting historical vignettes.

 

CC - Lliwedd

£12.50

A traditional rock climbing guide to one of the most traditional cliffs in North Wales - a great place to climb for those who like to get away from it all.

 

CC - Clogwyn du'r Arddu

£17.50

Fantastic guide to Wales' biggest and most famous crag, affectionately known to climbers everywhere as "Cloggy". Awesome routes, anecdotes, photos and an extended and fascinating historical section that takes up almost half the book. Covers summer and winter climbs.

 

CC - Cwm Silyn & Cwellyn - Eifionydd

£15.00

A slim volume, but beautifully produced, with colour photo-diagrams in place of crag drawings. It covers the area south of Llanberis and north of Tremadog and includes such crags as Llechog, Castell Cidwm, Craig y Bera, Cwm Silyn, Cwm Pennant, and Moel Hebog.

 

CC - Tremadog

£22.50

Fantastic rock climbing guide to Tremadog, Moel y Gest, Moel Ddu, Aberglaslyn, Clogwyn Coch, Souther Snowdon, Carreg Hylldrem and all those crags you see near the road when driving from Capel Curig to Beddgelert via Nant Gwynant including Clogwyn y Wenallt, Craig y Llyn and Clogwyn y Bustach.

 

CC - Lleyn

£12.50

Excellent small guide to this little known but magnificent adventure climbing area. Nicely produced with some inspiring photos.

 

CC - Meirionnydd

£20.00

A climbing guide to the northern half of Mid Wales, covering Yr Aran (Craig Cywarch), Arennig Fawr, Y Berwynion, Y Moelwynion, (Cwm Lledr a Betws-y-coed) Y Rhinogau and Cadair Idris.

 

Rockfax - Clwyd Limestone

£16.95

Limestone climbing in the Eglwyseg Valley on the border of Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. Covers World's End, Craig Arthur, Twilight Zone, Pinfold Area, Monk's Buttress, Dinbren, Trevor Area, Pot Hole Quarry, Maeshafn Quarry, Devil's Gorge, Ruthin Escarpment and Llanymynech Quarry.

 
White Goods

White Goods is a limestone dry tooling crag near Ruthin in North Wales, probably the best in the UK for those pushing their grades. There is a topo available on Ramon's Blog and route descriptions on the South Wales Mountaineering Club website. There is also a White Goods Blogspot.

Cicerone - Welsh Winter Climbs

£14.99

A comprehensive guide to winter climbing in North and Mid Wales (the title is a bit of a misnomer), or at least as it was in 1998.

 

Ground Up - North Wales Winter Climbing

£18.95

A long needed winter climbing guide update to North Wales. Numerous colour photos and colour photodiagrams make for a superb visual feast. Describes all the new winter routes in North Wales, plus full definitive coverage and colour photo topos for the major winter venues. Needs to be used in conjunction with the Cicerone guide to give a complete picture.

 

BMC - North Wales White Guide

£0.01

A bilingual pamphlet/guide on best ecological practice when climbing in Snowdonia in winter.

 

Rockfax - Deep Water

£20.95

Make a splash with this inspiring guide to the world of deep water soloing. The guide covers the UK, Europe and a few selected venues around the world. The first 200 pages cover the UK (Swanage, Lulworth, Portland, Devon, Cornwall, Pembroke, Scotland and other parts of the UK), and then Portugal, Costa Blanca and Mallorca get 80 pages of detailed coverage.