I thought that the YMC definitive Yorkshire Limestone guide was still in print or certainly available in the shops. The Rockfax northern Lime and the YMC guide hit the shelves about the same time.
The Rockfax Clwyd guide is basically the definitive guide - the autor Lee Proctor occasionally posts on here. I don't think there's a current guide in print to the Ormes. The A55 guide covers the smaller crags east of the Ormes.
For the Peak, the Rockfax guide is your current best bet. No idea when the BMC guides to peak lime are due (if ever)
For South Lakes Limestone there's the FRCC guide to Eden Valley and S. Lakes Limestone. This is about 18 months old now.
ALC's reply is spot on. From a Rockfax point of view, our schedule is now taking shape for the next two years as below (wrt limestone):
North Wales Climbs (including best of the Ormes, Castle Inn and Penmaen Head) - October 2013 Clwyd Limestone (new updated edition) - Late 2104 Yorkshire Limestone, including South Lakes - Some time probably in 2014
Thanks for the swift reply.
I guess I'm not too concerned really, I just wanted something shiny and new to get some inspiration whilst I'm sat in work.
It's hard to complain given the relentless production of Rockfax guides, and the sterling BMC work on all the peak guides.
Looking forward to the Ormes guide.
The definitive North Wales limestone guidebook is still being written, but due to a difference in opinion, the main author is banned from posting on here, so you might not hear a lot about it from UKC.
Said author has also recently injured himself, so might have some spare time on his hands to go about finishing it off some time soon???
All profits from the definitive guide will go back into the local bolt fund which is how things like the Diamond via ferrata and new staniless steel steps into pigeon's hole have been funded. A worthy cause i hope you'll agree?
In reply to ned taylor: I'd like to see a coherent reply from the BMC to this question, their performance since the last set of Peak Limestone guides has been lamentable, I'm sure if the CC had responsibility an excellent series of definitive guides would be out by now.
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> The definitive North Wales limestone guidebook is still being written, but due to a difference in opinion, the main author is banned from posting on here, so you might not hear a lot about it from UKC.
I wish somebody would get on and publish a comprehensive N.Wales Limestone guide insted of all this....after you, no after you dear boy..no I insist...well now I've lost interest....well then so have I.
In reply to Al Evans:
The next BMC Peak guides are currently being worked on - we met some of the team at Stoney doing some new routing (hopefully they'll remember to check the old ones as well).
I'd be surprised if it saw the light of day this decade, but then I'm a miserable old sceptic