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Cycling the River Loire: The Way of St. Martin (Cicerone Cycling) [Paperback]

John Higginson
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Book Description

1 July 2003 Cicerone Cycling
The River Loire invites cyclists to explore it. There is no stifling cycle way artificially created along the river's banks - the route is instead accompanied by an abundance of country lanes, tempting cyclists to find those hidden gems which make this journey an unending pleasure. The route has something for everyone. It includes dramatic vistas from high above the Ardeche Gorge, lazy days of flat riding through fields of indolent cattle, the chance to explore vineyards producing some or the world's finest vintages and the great collection of castles and palaces which line the river's banks. Accommodation is plentiful whether you prefer the cheapest gites d'etape, the friendly chambres d'hotes, or the comfortable hotels. Wherever cyclists stay, they will be welcomed warmly one and their needs will be well catered for. This book, divided into twenty-three comfortable stages, includes a dramatic approach to the source of the River Loire at Le Gerbier de Jonc, a route alongside the whole of the river and suggestions of how to return to the U.K. It also includes enough advice and information to make this journey a truly memorable one.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852843837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852843830
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Higginson has been a long-distance fell walker for many years. Having been a keen cyclist in his youth, he took up long-distance cycling in Europe when he retired. He has also written The Way of St. James - Le Puy to Santiago, a Cyclists Guide, published by Cicerone in 1999, and The Way of St. Stephen - The Danube Cycleway, published by Cicerone in 2002.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 28 May 2013
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Contains lots of detail, it should be easy to follow, it gives adequate warnings on hilly sections but it is getting a bit old now ( 2003 vintage)
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5.0 out of 5 stars First-class Travel Guide 7 April 2011
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This is worth every penny of its price.

Clearly written, with lots of interesting comments, and a wealth of information.

The maps are litle more than sketches, but then they don't pretend to be anything else. The author recommends various maps that you should use in conjunction with the book.

It was a delight to read, even sitting at home. I'm sure that it will be a very useful guide once we reach the Loire!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor and too basic 7 Sep 2010
By Rafael
I knew this book was not 100% what I needed in advance since I could check its content on Amazon, but it was so difficult to find english (or other languages appart from french) books on this cycle route that I had no choice left. Even so, it really was not worth it. The stages are very poorly described, scarce mentions of places to visit outside main towns, just a bunch of lodging places mentioned on a route that has many (till Nantes, that is)... But what is worse is the fact that the maps provided are completely useless. All in all, once in Orleans I bought a french guide and although my french is not up to the test, the maps on that one really helped saving our trip.
The best I can say about this guide is that it is not heavy, so I didn't have to suffer carrying it around for no use at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cycling in Spain 23 May 2010
We followed Route 6 from Madrid to Bilbao. The ride was amazing, The roads had very little traffic and the off road tracks were a revelation. We used touring bikes and would recommend road tyres for mountain bikers. Finding accommodation was a challenge. We forked off to Santander just before Bilbao as we were taking the ferry back to the UK. We took camping gear though there were few camp sites and we would do so again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for cycling the Loire 22 Jun 2014
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Found this very helpful planning a cycling trip along the Loire.
It is a little out of date with road and cycle path conditions, but that can't be helped as things change so often.
I found the tips on what to see in the towns excellent.The Kindle version was very useful downloaded on the smart phone when we lost our way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars illuminating 5 April 2013
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I am familiar with Chinon and the 1000 Km of the Loire sound like perfect and Sounds as though bicycle touring is a big thing in France. do-able adventure on a bike.In addition, the general bicycle experience was an added feature
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