Monday, 27 April 2015

Book review: Between the Sunset and the Sea by Simon Ingram


by Simon Ingram

It seems that every British hill is on a list of some kind. The Munros, the Corbetts, the Wainwrights – it can be all too easy to get sidetracked by the list itself, perhaps forgetting about the magic of the hills in the process. Do you suffer from ticklist fatigue? Then maybe this book is for you.

Between the Sunset and the Sea is all about the magic of the British uplands. It’s a little ironic that Simon Ingram chooses to do this by creating a new list, but I think that can be forgiven – it’s a very select list, and each of the sixteen mountains (or mountain areas) is given an entire chapter to describe its own unique charms. The hills in question are:

Beinn Dearg; The Black Mountain; Cadair Idris; Crib Goch; Cnicht; Cross Fell; Schiehallion; Ben Loyal; An Teallach; The Assynt Hills; Askival; Ladhar Bheinn; Loughrigg Fell; Great Gable; Ben Macdui; and Ben Nevis

A motley collection, then! There’s real variety in the mountains Ingram has chosen to explore, and I use that word deliberately – this is no mere collection of routes.

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