Rock Trails South Wales
A Hillwalker’s Guide to the Geology & Scenery

Written specifically for the general public and assuming no previous knowledge of geology, Paul Gannon tells the story of how South Wales’s wonderful scenery was created and describes 16 hill and coastal walks where everyone can see geology in action.

Over two hundred photos, maps and diagrams as well as a clear explanatory text make this a highly accessible book for all. The books covers the creation of the various types of rock such as Old Red Sandstone, limestone and coal, describes how the rocks were transformed into hills and valleys, and points out signs that show how the landscape is still being developed with modern landslides now being generated by abandoned coal mines. It is essential reading for anyone who loves the South Wales landscape.


“provides an interesting and clearly thought-out introduction to the geology and landforms of this complex, varied and beautiful region ... an excellent route through which to develop an interest in geology and gain further insights into the past history of this beautiful country. It is a real delight to find an author capable of explaining such complex scientific material in a manner that is genuinely accessible to a non-specialist audience.” Catherine Isherwood Professional Mountaineer magazine

“a clearly written guide aimed at the hillwalker interested in the geology and scenery of South Wales … packed with colourful photographs and clear maps and diagrams” Fforest Fawr Geopark



Walks in the book:
Pen y Fan
Sinc Giedd & Fan Hir
Carreg Goch & Cribarth
Fan Brycheiniog & Bannau Sir Gaer
Mynydd Llangynidr
Nedd Fechan & Mellte
Pontneddfechan
Rhondda Fawr
Werfa
Blaenavon
Mumbles Head to Pwlldu
Worms Head to Port Eynon    
Nash Point
Camaes Head
St David's Head
Mynydd Preseli

  • 284 pages; 188 full colour photos, 1 monochrome photo, 27 maps & 23 diagrams, plus fold-out topographic & geology maps; geology glossary & index of place names with grid references
ISBN: 9781906095529