John Gillham is an outdoor writer/illustrator and photographer living in Hoddlesden, a West Pennine Moors village. His first book Snowdonia to the Gower was published by Diadem Books in 1990. Gillham has since written and illustrated 22 other books, includingthe AA Leisure Guide to Wales, Coast to Coasting (David and Charles) 50 Walks: Derbyshire (AA Publications) and Ramblers’ Guide: Lake District (Collins). Along with Ronald Turnbull, he won the 2001 Outdoor Writers’ Guild Award for Excellence in the ‘outdoor book’ category. Gillham’s work has regularly been published in magazines such as TGO (The Great Outdoors), where he had his own series Way to Go’, Trail, Country Walking, and Dalesman. The author knows Wales from coast to coast, the Pennines, Northumberland, the Lake District, North Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Derbyshire and the Peak District. Abroad he has covered the United States (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah); Austria (the Tyrol); most of Switzerland, Italy (Sardinia, Val Gardena, Sorrento, Lake Como and Lake Garda) and France (Chamonix Corsica and the Giffre Valley). In March 2010 the Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia were brought out by Wainwright’s publisher Frances Lincoln. The 350-page books offer by far the most comprehensive coverage of Snowdonia’s hills and mountains to date and are illustrated by the author’s 3D panoramas and colour photographs, 2014 saw John’s Cumbria Way published by Cicerone and the same publisher brought out his guide to Hillwalking in Shropshire in 2016. In November 2019 Cicerone will release John’s latest book, The Shropshire Way, which will describe the newly revamped route. It will also feature a near-20-mile circular the Stretton Skyline Walk.