John Gillham

Award-winning travel/outdoor writer, illustrator and photographer

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 and has recently completed the highly acclaimed 4-volume series of Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia for Wainwright’s publisher Frances Lincoln.

    John is also the proprietor of Grey Stone Books, which specialised in walking, climbing and fell-running guides.

John won the 2012 Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild ‘Award for Excellence’ Best Guidebook Award for his Best Day Walks in Snowdonia, a book which was also book of the week in the Mail on Sunday.


John Gillham has become Snowdonia’s answer to Wainwright    The Mail on Sunday

Of the Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia:


This comprehensive and engaging volume features beautiful colour photography and route drawings. It's enthusiastically written, easy to read and informative. (Country & Border Life )

If you were to lay down a map of Snowdonia, close your eyes, spin around a time or two and plonk your finger down at random, chances are you would find that exact location covered, in surprising detail, in John Gillham's Pictorial Guides. (Britain )

Latest News


John’s guide Hillwalking in Shropshire is now in the production stages and will be in the shops ion September 15th 2016.

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Snowdonia Guides Revamp


Iin 2017 I intend to rework the Pictorial Guides to Snowdonia, probably with a different title. I’m looking forward to seeing them in a more inspirational format.

New: Click here for Cumbria Way book video

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