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John Gillham


83 Glenshiels Avenue; Hoddlesden









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Specialist Activities

writer, illustrator, photographer, publisher

Specialist Areas

Wales: Snowdonia; Mid Wales; the Brecon Beacons; England: the Pennines; Lake District; Cumbria; Lancashire; Derbyshire; Yorkshire; Northumbria; Hampshire; Dorset; the Peak District; the Yorkshire Dales and the South Pennines. Europe: Switzerland; Austria; Corsica, Madeira and East Sicily

Professional Details

Short Biography

A full-time professional writer, illustrator and photographer since 1989, John Gillham is best known for his lavishly-illustrated coffee-table books. His first, Snowdonia to the Gower, has been described as one of the classic books on Wales. Gillham is a regular contributor to TGO, where his series, ‘Way to Go’ appeared every month. John has just completed a 5-book series of illustrated guides to the Peaks of Snowdonia, a project which took him about 4 years to complete.

He has recently written three guidebooks for Cicerone: The Cumbria Way, Hillwalking in Shropshire and The Shropshire Way.

Professional Activities

John is the proprietor of Grey Stone Books, a small publisher of outdoor titles.

Recent Publications

Best Day Walks in Snowdonia (Frances Lincoln)
Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia Vols 1-4 (Frances Lincoln)
AA Leisure Guide Wales (AA 2007); Mini Guide to Wales (AA 2008) AA OS Leisure Guide to Wales (AA 2007); 50 Walks in Snowdonia and North Wales (AA 2003); 50 Walks in Derbyshire (AA 2002); Ramblers’ Guide Lake District (Collins) and Coast to Coasting (David and Charles) both with Ronald Turnbull; The Cumbria Way (2015), Hillwalking in Shropshire (2016) and The Shropshire Way (2019)(all Cicerone)



OWPG Awards for Excellence 2012: Best Guidebook
OWG Awards for Excellence 2001: Best Outdoor Book (with Ronald Turnbull)
South Pennines (SCOSPA) Certificate of Commendation 1990

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