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Lonely Planet Cycling Britain (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , Etain O'Carroll , Aaron Anderson , Marc Di Duca
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24 July 2009 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Where else can you cycle an entire country's length, stopping at traditional village pubs for a ploughman's lunch and a pint of ale? Amble around Scottish lochs and leafy wooded tracts or sweat it out on steep moors and craggy mountains - this guide will show you Britain's greatest rides.

  • 120 days of the best cycling in England, Scotland & Wales, including the epic Lands End to John O'Groats ride
  • Elevation charts and updated, detailed maps
  • Route info, map and cue sheets for each ride
  • GPS co-ordinates included for selected rides

Lonely Planet gets you to the heart of a place. Our job is to make amazing travel experiences happen. We visit the places we write about each and every edition. We never take freebies for positive coverage, so you can always rely on us to tell it like it is.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Etain O'Carroll, Aaron Anderson, and Marc Di Duca.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)


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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (24 July 2009)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741040426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741040425
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lonely Planet's guides to Britain have long stirred up tabloid controversy for their outspoken opinions on the usual British tourist traps, but in this case they have produced something of a sporting diversion--Cycling Britain--part of a new series intended to help us "discover the world on two wheels".

This guide, like all other Lonely Planet guides, contains the essentials you need to know about Britain before travelling, as well as essential facts for cyclists, including many specialist cycling organisations and contacts. It is good also to see sections dealing with cycling specific health and safety issues, as well as a basic but thorough, and easy to understand, guide to bicycle selection and maintenance.

The bulk of the guide is dedicated to the multitude of routes that can be traversed in Britain's regions. It should be pointed out that these routes are mainly aimed at those seeking to do touring cycling and is mainly based on road and light trails. Those in search of more strenuous off-road biking might be disappointed, although advice on off-road cycling and mountain biking is given throughout the book and some off-road routes are included.

The maps and directions for the routes are clear, and advice is given as to which OS maps correspond to the routes. There is also information on places to stay, places to eat, natural history (always a bonus when you are spending too much time in the landscape), planning, and importantly, advice on how to get to and from the ride.

For the serious cyclist this will make a good addition to the library, a quick reference for the various rides, routes and accommodations available in an area. For the less experienced, perhaps holiday cyclist, this guide will be a essential packing for the pannier, providing, as it does, everything you should know before embarking on a ride. --Iain Robinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea poorly executed 15 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Several times I considered throwing it out because of minor but extremely annoying inaccuracies. Eg a recommended hotel served me crisps for breakfast, parts of the sustrans network that the guide said may be rough were often muddy swamps (and this was in summer) and impossible to ride fully-loaded. If you want to do some touring and you've never cycled before, it might be helpful. But if you've got any clue at all about cycling, half of its (weighty) pages are a waste of valuable pannier room. And its routes, while good (though using too many main roads), feature stupidly-oriented maps and fail to link up with each other. Buying a road atlas (just rip out the relevant pages...) and scouring back copies of Cycling Plus or subscribing to the CTC would be a better investment.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good reference guide but severly out of date 17 Oct 2003
By Liz
Format:Paperback
Cycling Britain is good only as a basic reference guide; its good at pointing you where to get useful & accurate information but does not contain this information within it's pages. It is useful as an overall view of cycling routes in Britain, for planning a holiday but has far too few decent details at the local or even regional level. Okay, those are the positive points - onto the negative.
Cycling Britains maps are absolutely useless, a complete waste of space. Their scale is so large that they only give a sparse outline at best. Often, they deviate from the National Cycle Network, and quite frequently contain misleading & useless information, where they contain information at all! Distances can be quite far out, and accomodation information is completely out of date.
In summary, if you must use this book, photocopy the parts you need in the local library as it is a waste of space on any cycling holiday. Buy at your peril.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This was OK in parts, but maps were terrible, also vital directions were left out so without a decent map it was not easy to find your way in unsigned areas.
Directions are only given for one direction. If you want to go the other way difficult to follow, especially as the maps are so bad.
Part of the midlands routes takes you on incredibly dangerous roads and much time is spent on litter strewn paths on the side of dual carriageways.
We gave up with some of the routes when we had better maps and found much pretty and quieter places to cycle.
Oh yes and pretty out of date campsites marked on the map generally no longer existed.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book covers everything from where to go, how to get there and what to eat while you're doing it! Good maps, without contours but with profiles for hilly days. A good range of routes for all abilities both in urban and rural areas. It also contains plenty of tips on where to stay, what to see for lots of different price ranges. And even better it has tips on how to set up your bike for the ultimate riding position and also an idiots guide to fixing bit's when they break ;-) A book with just enough information on most of the things you might want to know about cycle touring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm.... somewhat incomplete 4 April 2011
By Spen
Format:Paperback
I looked at this book in a local shop with a view to buying, intending to do the C2C. However according to Lonely Planet the C2C doesn't reach the east coast, it stops at Newcastle.

If this is typical of the rest of the book, avoid it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book. 22 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Worth its price for one chapter on repairs and maintenance. Plenty to interest and handy to carry around, of sturdy construction1
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