Hillwalking in Wales - Vol 1

By Peter Hermon

The first of two guidebooks describing walking routes up every 2000-footer in Wales - covers Arans, Arenigs, Berwyns, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Cader Idris, Carneddau, Cwmdeuddwr hills and the Dovey hills. The entire collection of 166 routes are arranged alphabetically over the two volumes.



All year round, but in winter, higher walks suitable only for those with appropriate skills and equipment.


Bala, Betws-y-Coed, Brecon, Capel Curig, Crickhowell, Dolgellau, Llangynog, Rhaeadr


Higher-level ridge walks (over 2000ft) and easier lower-level walks. Mainly walking, a little scrambling, but no climbing.
Must See

Must See

Cwm Croes horseshoe (HS); Arenig Fawr/Moel Llyfnant circular; Pistyll Rhaeadr circular; Grwyne Fechan HS; Neuadd HS Minffordd trail; Carnedd N–S traverse
11 Oct 2006
11 Jun 2010
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
  • Overview
    The first book in a two-volume series describing walking routes up every 2000-footer in Wales – all 166 of them. The result is not just a guide to the mountains of Snowdonia, but a handbook of over 450 routes covering 21 Welsh mountain ranges – the whale-backed ridges of the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons’ precipitous escarpments, the Cwmdeuddwr uplands, Plynlimon’s unknown valleys, the heather clad Berwyns, Cader Idris, the vast solitudes of the Arans and Arenigs, the Rhinogs and the wildest land in Wales. For those longer days the author also suggests over 100 high level traverses.

    The routes are arranged alphabetically over the two volumes:

    Vol 1: Arans, Arenigs, Berwyns, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Cader Idris, Carneddau, Cwmdeuddwr hills, Dovey hills

    Vol 2: Ffestiniog hills, Fforest Fawr, Glyders, Hirnants, Mynydd Du, Nantlle/Hebog hills, Plynlimon, Radnor Forest, Rhinogs, Siabod/Moelwyns, Snowdon, Tarrens

  • Contents
    Preface to the First Edition
    Preface to the Second Edition

    The main routes
    Lower-level walks and easier days
    Maps and access
    Safety and timing
    The hills themselves
    How to use this guide

    List of Peaks for Vols 1 and 2

    The Arans
    The Arenigs
    The Berwyns
    The Black Mountains
    The Brecon Beacons
    Cader Idris
    The Carneddau
    The Cwmdeuddwr Hills
    The Dovey Hills

    Index of Peaks
    List of Lakes

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  • Reviews
    Peter Hermon, the author of Cicerone's new edition guidebooks 'Hillwalking in Wales vol 1 & 2' has written an article for the Western Mail newspaper regarding his love for the hills of Wales'

    Read the full article   (Western Mail newspaper / Dec 4th 2006)

    'It's great to see these two volumes back in print. Originally published back in 1991, they could be described as the 'Wainwright' guides of Wales, covering every major summit and describing just about every route of ascent on each peak - a Welsh mountain walker's bible.

    The text is well written and accurate and is accompanied by basic mapping for each mountain group. These two volumes would be my own choice from the four or five options on the market at the moment.'

    (Walking Wales magazine / Issue 4 2006)

    'The walks are suitable for most hillwalkers and the varied landscape includes ridges, precipitous escarpments, unknown valleys, heather clad hills and some of the most remote and wildest land in Wales. The description of the walks are well laid out and both books contain some interesting and spectacular scenic colour photographs. At the back of each book is an index of all the peaks and lakes.

    During his working life the author Peter Hermon, was once an executive with BOAC, and being involved with Information Technology I met him there on a number of occassions during my early days there. In those days I was totally unaware of his affection for the British hills and mountains and it was only when I can across copies of the first edition of his books that I realised - 'I know that person'.'

    (Les Maple, Strider / April 2007)

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Peter Hermon

Peter Hermon was bought up in Nottingham and was a frequent trekker in his school days. For most of his working life, Peter was an exceutive with BOAC and then British Airays, but despite travelling the world, and a particular affection for the Grand Canyon, the lure of the British hills never paled and he still explores the peaks of Lakelanbd, Wales and the Pennines.

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