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Yorkshire Dales Mountain Biking Classic Pennine Trails

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Biking Classic Pennine Trails

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Biking features 26 rides between 10 and 43 kilometres in length in one of the UK's most MTB-friendly national parks. The routes make the most of the Dales' superb network of stone-based trails, rideable in all seasons. Classic loops take in the best of Swaledale, a tour of Ingleborough, big days around Whernside and Pen-y-ghent, quintessential Dales scenery near Malham and Kilnsey, and moorland riding above Pateley Bridge. A Bonus Section includes information about the Howgills, the easy-going Swale Trail and the Pennine Bridleway, as well as the riding at Gisburn Forest and Stainburn which lies just outside the national park. There are also top tens and a detailed appendix. Written by Dales local and experienced author Nick Cotton, each ride is described with easy-to-follow directions and is plotted on clear and easy-to-use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 mapping. Also included with each ride are details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, plus refreshment stops and local knowledge.

South East Mountain Biking North & South Downs

South East Mountain Biking North & South Downs

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

South East Mountain Biking - North and South Downs is the full second edition of the bestselling guide to some of the finest mountain biking in the South East of England. Published by leading guidebook producer Vertebrate Publishing, it covers the best mountain biking in the south-east, including the newly-formed South Downs National Park. Delve into the woodland singletrack of the North Downs or head out on to the big, rolling chalk hills that make up the South Downs National Park. Get out of the towns and cities and discover the dense network of bridleways and byways that criss-cross the countryside of the South East. This guide contains 24 routes between 16 and 35km in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. All route information has been thoroughly checked for this new edition, to give the most up-to-date and comprehensive guidebook to the area. Written by Nick Cotton, author of over 50 cycling guidebooks, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, refreshment stops and local knowledge, and stunning photography. Also included are Top Ten descents, climbs and mountain bike playgrounds, an introduction to the fantastic Surrey Hills singletrack, and a detailed Appendix.

South West Mountain Biking - Quantocks, Exmoor, Dartmoor

South West Mountain Biking - Quantocks, Exmoor, Dartmoor

Author: Nick Cotton, Tom Fenton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

South West Mountain Biking - Quantocks, Exmoor, Dartmoor - is the full second edition of the bestselling guide to the outstanding mountain biking in the south west of England. Featured are 26 of the best mountain bike rides in Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, between 10km and 30km in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. All route information has been thoroughly checked for this new edition to give the most up-to-date and - currently - the only comprehensive guidebook to this great area. Explore wild and epic moorland, plunge into steep and deep woodland combes, and speed along some of the best singletrack in the country: the south west has it all. As with all new Vertebrate MTB guidebooks, this new edition features industry-standard Ordnance Survey mapping, and is illustrated with stunning, all-new action photography. Researched, ridden and written by Nick Cotton, author of over 40 mountain biking and cycling guides, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, and refreshment stops and local knowledge. There is a detailed Appendix that provides essential information on where to eat, drink and sleep.

Cycle Tours in & Around the Lake District 20 Rides on Quiet Lanes

Cycle Tours in & Around the Lake District 20 Rides on Quiet Lanes

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2011

The Lake District boasts some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the country, providing a dramatic backdrop to many of the rides featured in this book. The practical spiral-bound guide describes 20 wonderful lane rides of 24-35 miles in South Lakeland and the Eden Valley. All of the rides are highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 mapping, seen as the gold standard of mapping for cyclists. Junction-by-junction route instructions guide you through the region's beautiful countryside. Each ride contains details of distance, grade of difficulty and refreshments along the way (with phone numbers of pubs and cafes so that you can check on opening hours). A height profile gives you warning of the hills to expect and schematic maps show how the ride can either be shortened or linked to adjacent rides for a longer day out. The rides have been designed to use quieter roads and are divided into three main areas: the first is around Cockermouth and Keswick where three rides explore the breathtaking landscape either side of Bassenthwaite Lake. To the west lie Wythop Woods, Whinlatter Forest, Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere; to the east of Bassenthwaite is the classic circuit around the back of Skiddaw to Caldbeck. The second area covers the southeast of Cumbria, encompassing the upper Eden Valley and the Lune Valley, with rides starting from the handsome towns of Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale. The weather tends to be drier here as the two valleys lie in the rain shadow of the Lakeland Fells. These rides also offer panoramic views of the Pennines and the Howgills to the north of Sedbergh. The final area features rides in and around the southern half of the Lake District National Park. There are fantastic views of many of the central lakes and fells including those to be enjoyed from the Windermere Ferry, featured on the ride north from Backbarrow. You may well be pleasantly surprised that there are so many quiet lanes to explore in such a popular tourist area. Choose your time well and you will enjoy your rides even more.

Cycle Tours Chilterns, Hertfordshire & Essex 20 Rides on Quiet Lanes and Off-road Trails

Cycle Tours Chilterns, Hertfordshire & Essex 20 Rides on Quiet Lanes and Off-road Trails

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2011

This spiral-bound guide describes 20 wonderful bike rides in the countryside to the north and west of London. The area offers some excellent and varied cycling: from the challenges of the steep wooded escarpment of the Chilterns in the west to the gentle gradients on networks of quiet lanes in Hertfordshire and north Essex. The book contains 15 road rides (24-35 miles long) and five offroad rides on bridleways and byways (15-21 miles long). All of the rides are highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 mapping, seen as the gold standard of mapping for cyclists. Junction-by-junction route instructions guide you from village to village through the region's beautiful rolling countryside. Each ride contains details of distance, grade of difficulty and refreshments along the way (with phone numbers of pubs and cafes so that you can check on opening hours). A height profile gives you warning of any hills to expect and schematic maps show how the ride can either be shortened or linked to adjacent rides for a longer day out. The Chilterns rise to over 800ft (245mts) at several points along the escarpment as it runs northeast from the River Thames at Goring towards Dunstable and Luton. Three of the five offroad rides use the fine stone-based tracks that weave their way through the area's famous beech woodlands which often form a great green tree cathedral overhead. Three of the road rides also explore the Chiltern woodlands, one from Princes Risborough and two around Tring. East of the Chilterns the rides make use of the network of quiet lanes that criss-cross this gently rolling, predominantly arable landscape. Small villages of thatched and half-timbered houses seem to vie with each other for the splendour of their village signs, often intricately carved and painted. The easiest ride in the book follows the Lee Navigation south from Hertford to Limehouse Basin in London: the towpath is one of the best in the whole country.

Cycle Tours Around Oxford 20 Rides on Quiet Lanes and Off-road Trails

Cycle Tours Around Oxford 20 Rides on Quiet Lanes and Off-road Trails

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2011

Oxford has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the country. This spiral-bound guide describes 20 wonderful bike rides in the countryside in a 30-mile radius around the city, exploring the delights of the Cotswolds, the Lambourn Downs and the Chilterns. The book contains 15 rides on networks of quiet lanes (26-34 miles long) and five offroad rides on bridleways and byways (15-20 miles long). All of the rides are highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 mapping, seen as the gold standard of mapping for cyclists. Junction-by-junction route instructions guide you from village to village through the region's beautiful rolling countryside. Each ride contains details of distance, grade of difficulty and refreshments along the way (with phone numbers of pubs and cafes so that you can check on opening hours). A height profile gives you warning of any hills to expect and schematic maps show how the ride can either be shortened or linked to adjacent rides for a longer day out. Seven of the road rides explore the honey-stone villages lying to the west and northwest of Oxford, from Woodstock through the beautiful Tew and Sibford villages as far as Chipping Campden and from Minster Lovell and Burford along the lovely Windrush and Coln valleys. To the south, five of the road rides link together quiet lanes across the chalk downlands between the Vale of the White Horse and the Kennet & Avon Canal. The Chiltern beechwoods lie to the southeast of Oxford and three of the rides use the dense network of lanes that criss-cross the area around Goring, Pangbourne and Henley. As for the offroad rides, three are located on the chalk and flint tracks of the Ridgeway. The other two rides delve deep into the beech woodlands of the Chilterns. Rides here take on an extraordinary beauty in late spring when the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells and the beechwoods are coming into leaf, almost glowing with translucent green and also through autumn with the changing of the colours.

Traffic-free Cycle Trails More Than 400 Traffic-free Cycling Routes Around Britain

Traffic-free Cycle Trails More Than 400 Traffic-free Cycling Routes Around Britain

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2010

This is the fully updated second edition of the popular guidebook Traffic-Free Cycle Trails , containing more than 400 cycle routes around Britain. Written by Nick Cotton, the book includes a great variety of routes on former railway paths, canal towpaths and forest trails. First published in 2004, Traffic-Free Cycle Trails has become one of the country's most popular cycling books. It has proven invaluable for finding that safe and peaceful bike ride, increasingly the target of a growing number of families. Readers of the first edition have been surprised with the discovery of local trails of which they were unaware, and those travelling with the book have been able to find quality trails in unfamiliar areas throughout the UK, without wasting time! It includes route description of rides in every region of Britain. It features an easy-to-use format and is packed with useful information in regional sections. It is helpful for parents planning safe rides with children and novice riders looking to escape traffic.

Kent & East Sussex Cycle Tours On and Off-road Routes Taking Less Than a Day

Kent & East Sussex Cycle Tours On and Off-road Routes Taking Less Than a Day

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Kent and East Sussex is one of 10 titles in the updated Cycle Tours series. The series has now been in continuous print for more than 15 years and with regular route revisions and updating the successful formula has gathered a large following. Each book in the series contains 20 routes all of which are either totally new or have been re-ridden and updated. There are 15 lane rides of between 26 and 36 miles taking you along low-traffic or traffic free roads, tracks and paths. These visit the towns and villages of Kent's Garden of England, the Sussex Weald and Romney Marsh with suggested short cuts for shorter rides, and suggested links to other nearby rides for a full day out. The 5 off-road rides of between 11 and 17 miles explore the North and South Downs. A unique feature of the Cycle Tours series is the superb Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger mapping showing the routes of the rides. The mapping not only gives the detail and clarity you need to follow the route with ease and safety, but allows you to plan short-cuts and detours, to look out for new places of interest, and to become truly involved in the landscape you are cycling through. Clear directions are given alongside the mapping and elevation profiles make planning the pacing of each ride an easy task. Extra information includes an introduction to the area of the route, nearest railway stations, places of interest with descriptions, guides to refreshment stops, and clear indications of distance, grade and terrain. The books are practically designed with a spiral-binding to make route-following as simple as possible.

Surrey & West Sussex Cycle Tours On and Off-road Routes Taking Less Than a Day

Surrey & West Sussex Cycle Tours On and Off-road Routes Taking Less Than a Day

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Surrey and West Sussex is one of 10 titles in the updated Cycle Tours series. The series has now been in continuous print for more than 15 years and with regular route revisions and updating the successful formula has gathered a large following. Each book in the series contains 20 routes all of which are either totally new or have been re-ridden and updated. There are 15 lane rides of between 23 and 36 miles taking you along low-traffic or traffic free roads, tracks and paths. These visit the handsome towns and pretty countryside of Surrey and West Sussex with suggested short cuts for shorter rides, and suggested links to other nearby rides for a full day out. The 5 off-road rides of between 11 and 16 miles explore the Hampshire Downs, the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and the South Downs. A unique feature of the Cycle Tours series is the superb Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger mapping showing the routes of the rides. The mapping not only gives the detail and clarity you need to follow the route with ease and safety, but allows you to plan short-cuts and detours, to look out for new places of interest, and to become truly involved in the landscape you are cycling through. Clear directions are given alongside the mapping and elevation profiles make planning the pacing of each ride an easy task. Extra information includes an introduction to the area of the route, nearest railway stations, places of interest with descriptions, guides to refreshment stops, and clear indications of distance, grade and terrain. The books are practically designed with a spiral-binding to make route-following as simple as possible.

South East Mountain Biking Ridgeway and Chilterns

South East Mountain Biking Ridgeway and Chilterns

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2008

South East Mountain Biking Ridgeway and Chilterns - a compact guide to some of the best mountain biking in Southern England, west of London.The Chilterns and the area either side of the Ridgeway west of London are criss-crossed with byways and bridleways, allowing you to escape onto fine woodland tracks and out into big open chalk country, with panoramic views over the Vale of the White Horse and the Thames Valley.This guide contains 24 routes from 18 to 38km long, many of which can be linked to make much longer ridges. Each is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, grade of difficulty, refreshment stops and is accompanied by specifically designed mapping.The Bonus Section includes top tens for climbs and descents, and suggestions for 'Mega Rides' with further information about finding places to eat, drink and stay. The routes are drawn up by Nick Cotton, author of over 30 cycle guides, plotted on bespoke maps and illustrated with stunning photography by Andy Heading.

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Biking The South Dales

Yorkshire Dales Mountain Biking The South Dales

Author: Nick Cotton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2006

This is a compact guide to the southern half of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, an area which offers a superb network of bridleways, usable year-round, and awesome scenery rising above 700m. Mountain biking heaven on excellent trails weaving through a landscape of limestone plateaux, open moorland and clumps of broad leaf woodland. This work features 23 routes of varying difficulty and length, 'top ten' climbs, descents and cruises and visitor information. The routes were compiled and written by a highly experienced (and local) guidebook writer, plotted on Harvey Map's cycling-specific maps and illustrated with colour photography from Andy Heading.