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Britain By Bike [Hardcover]

J. Eastoe
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Book Description

15 Feb 2010
WINNER OF THE BEST BRITISH BOOK AND ALSO THE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2010 AWARD AT THE BRITISH BOOK DESIGN AND PRODUCTION AWARDS 2010 There is something wonderfully liberating about travelling around the country on a bike, covering the miles while feeling everything around the wind, the rain, the sunshine... Clare Balding Join TV Presenter Clare Balding on some terrific cycle rides around Britain and discover Britain by bike. This new book, the official tie-in to accompany a major BBC4 television series, follows Clare Balding on a two-wheeled odyssey around Britain. Sixty years ago, the extraordinary Harold Briercliffe wrote a series of books about his great passion: bicycle touring. Briercliffe s evocative Cycle Touring Guides lovingly described by-passed Britain a world of unspoiled villages, Cycle Tour clubs and major landmarks. The original guides divided the country into six regions: The Scottish Highlands, Northern England, The Midlands, Wales, Southern England and South-West England. Britain by Bike picks up where Briercliffe s Cycling Touring Guides left off including the cycle-friendly flatlands of Eastern England which curiously were overlooked in the original guides. Carrying a set of Harold s guides for company and riding his very own bicycle Clare Balding embarks on six iconic cycle rides. The country is explored region by region with cycle-friendly routes listed and in each area; two favourite routes are highlighted for readers to follow. You will not get to know the country just by reading this book only by wobbling off into the sunset on two wheels, book in saddle bag, will you discover the forgotten joy of touring for yourself.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford; 1st edition (15 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906388717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388713
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 14.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane has been an author and journalist for over 25 years. She worked for several years for the fashion business press, reviewing the international collections and interviewing designers from Galliano to Gaultier. A move from urban to country life saw her develop her interest in plants, flowers, herbs and fruit and foraging for wild food. Jane is passionate about the countryside and exploring the British Landscape.She is fascinated by history and has been able to combine her varied interests in some of her many books, several of which were linked to television series. Jane's books have won a number of awards: Britain by Bike was voted the Hay Festival/National Trust Outdoors Book of the Year 2011, The Best British Book and The Book of the Year at The British Book Design and Production Awards 2010.The Good Housekeeping Organic Cookbook won the Best Organic Book 2001 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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Winner of the Best British Book and also the Book of the Year 2010 Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010 --The British Book Design and Production Awards 2010

This charming guide charts Balding's progress around Britain's finest routes, interspersed with fascinating cultural and historical insights, complemented by a picture archive that'll have all tourers yearning for yesteryear. --BBC Countryfile magazine, May 2010.

...the detailed instructions and splendid illustrations will mean that those who like to hotfoot it ourdoors on Boxing Day will love Britain by Bike. --The Daily Telegraph's Gift Books of the Year Feature, December 2010

a true stand-alone publication, highly recommend this book to anyone with any kind of interest in leisure or tour cycling. --Cycling World magazine, November 2010

...a paean to the English countryside as viewed from the saddle - giving a depth beyond most bike route books. --Clycling Plus magazine, January 2011

About the Author

Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 25 years and a garden designer and horticulturalist for 15 years. She has been writing for the National Trust Books list for the last 3 years and was the chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside, including the regional features. Her other books include Wild Food, Home Grown Fruit and Allotments. She is a softie cyclist, enjoying the Kent countryside, wh ... read more on our website.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit the Road 8 July 2010
By Flo
I loved this book. I'm a cycling commuter not a tourer, and it really made me want to get out of the city and explore the British countryside - somehow it never occurred to me to take my bike onto the train and out of the city, forgetting my car altogether. The book is much less strident and elitist than a lot of the hardcore cycling guides, this is really about taking a gentle approach to discovering Britain, not about killing yourself by doing everything at top speed and never stopping.
I was fascinated the quotes from Harold Briercliffe - it puts the routes into historical context. I also liked that all of the cycle routes appear to be do-able in a day, so aren't too daunting to a novice like myself. The book is also full of ideas of what to see, as well as where to go.
I've been out on a two day tour of the south-east, and particularly loved the Crab & Winkle Way, which runs from Canterbury to Whitstable.
Stylish and user-friendly - brilliant!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loving it! 12 July 2010
By Pat B
What a lovely little book this is. I was given this as a gift before I set off on my cycling holiday and it was a joy to read along the way. Lucky for me that the recent hot weather has meant that i've been able to explore new cycling routes without being hindered by the usual rain. For someone who is relatively new to cycling I really enjoyed reading the route descriptions and it was handy to now what to expect before I set off.
Looking forward to the television series when it starts this month.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book on cycling for pleasure. 19 July 2010
This is a wonderful, and beautiful, book about the joys of cycle touring around Britain. This book and Clare Balding's TV series take as their inspiration Harold Briercliffe's magnificent cycle guides which are now sadly almost completely forgotten (and anything that brings them back to public attention is great by me). If you are looking for a complete cycle maintenance and repair manual then obviously this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a lovely little volume to inspire you to forget the car, and instead use a bike to explore the British countryside then give this one a try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired to Ride Again 29 Dec 2010
I watched the BBC Series Britain by Bike, starring Clare Balding, and loved every minute of the programme, then noticed that, amazingly, there was a book associated with it, Britain by Bike by Jane Eastoe, with a forward by Clare Balding. No hesitation, I ordered a copy as a Christmas present to myself from my wife. The book was dispatched and reached me in just two days, but it disappeared into my wifes wrapping activities and I was not to have it until Christmas! Now I have it, and am reading it; it is a great book, brimming with enthusiasm for biking in Britain's countryside, excellently written, and very well supported by great illustrations; a fine way to cap the excellent TV series. The book has revived wonderful memories of my own halcyon days cycling in the 50s and 60s. At the age of 9, I was given my first cycle, and have ridden ever since, touring mostly and now, when ever practical, as a replacement to using the car. I am retired, and am therefore able to ride more, but winter is here now, and the adverse weather has curtailed the riding, (just a little!). However, the TV program and this excellent book have inspired me ride again, whatever the weather, and have set me dreaming of spring, and the open road. Thank you for your prompt services, and a fine product.

Yours sincerely,

John Wells-Deamer
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully inspiring read! 19 July 2010
By N Eliot
I bought this as a gift for a friend and ended up reading it cover to cover. I love cycling and haven't really seen this type of book out there before, most cycling books are practical and with way too much technical information. For me cycling should be just as this book advocates - a relaxed and inspiring way to expore the british countryside. I did the Devils Dyke route and had a glorious day whizzing down newtimber hill taking in the beautiful views of the downs and the sea. The vintage feel of pages really drew me in and I enjoyed reading the history of cycling, especially the pictures of early bicyle designs such as the penny farthing. This is a beautiful book I would thoroughly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloke on a bike 13 Dec 2010
For a bloke such as me with no desire to be a power-cycling nut, but wanting to see the country at a bicycle's pace, 'Britain by Bike' was just the ticket.Britain By Bike
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, fun book for the everyday cyclist! 19 July 2010
By James
I dragged my old mountain bike out of the shed last summer and have since spent many weekends touring the great British countryside on two wheels. Now this book has bought to my attention some great new routes (particularly Old Warden in Bedfordshire) and a history of cycling that I previously knew so little about. Thoroughly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book. 15 April 2011
I was inspired to start cycling by the series Britain by Bike. I had really hoped the Harold Briercliffe book was still in print but discoverd this instead.
It has some very interesting history on the birth of the bicycle and cycling in Britain. The advice on repairing a puncture is the best I have ever seen.
In fact I did this at the side of the road for the first time yesterday. Buy this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely old fashioned style book
Gorgeous little book
So traditional, makes for really interesting reading
I would recommend this for anybody who likes to cycle in the country
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Bikers Book.
Havent read it yet but had a good browse- although routes are not nescessarily relevant to me !

Enjoyed supporting TV programme.
Published 8 months ago by Michael Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point to cycle around the UK
This compact but rich guide must be in your bookcase if you love both cycling and Britain!
A must read book.
Published 11 months ago by Rick Sampedro
5.0 out of 5 stars Cycling for everyone
This book I purchased for my son, he enjoys his bike rides has done the coast to coast , so thought he would love the format of this book. Pleased to say he loved it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by K. Gough
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book
While looking for a book on Motorbike rides, which I entererd into the search engine on Amazon I was presented with this book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Philip Barker
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and not written by a cyclist
Real cut and paste special, this. There's nothing in the book that you couldn't readily get from net. The author clearly isn't a cyclist too. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Kirkwood
5.0 out of 5 stars On your Bike !!
I bought this book for a friend who is a keen cyclist but having received it and browsed it before packing it in gift wrap for his birthday, I decided it was too good to give away,... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Bob Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
A lovely book, ive been reading it over these winter months and its made me yearn for the summertime so i can get out on the bike! Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 unsatisfactory routes and loads of rubbish
The book looks really nice and has a touch of style, but the content is just plain nonsense.
First of all, if a cycle touring book starts with explaining you where the wheels... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2010 by Iggy
4.0 out of 5 stars On Yer Bike
The cover of this book jumped at me in the bookshop and the excellent presentation and very readable chunks of history, cycle lore and cycle routes drew me in. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by Mr Tim
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