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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Things Publishing Ltd (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957157312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957157316
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

JACK THURSTON has a lifelong passion for exploring the countryside by bike. As presenter of The Bike Show on Resonance FM, he has brought his affable and infectious enthusiasm for cycling to London's airwaves and attracted an audience around the world with more than 1.5 million podcast downloads. Jack is a regular contributor to the critically acclaimed Rouleur magazine and edits the Bicycle Reader. His articles about cycling appear in the Guardian, the Evening Standard, Cycling Plus and Cycle.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rose Clark on 29 April 2013
Format: Paperback
I've ridden about 5 of the rides so far and all of them have been great, I've ended up in scenic villages and wild islands and coastal paths, all within one hour of London on the train. It has proven to be really lovingly researched, which I knew would be the case, having heard the authors podcast 'The Bike Show', which is a really quality show. The book cleverly doesn't bother with route maps inside the book itself, but instead gives a detailed turn by turn instructions and mapping with a printable online link. I used the printable maps provided, turn by turn instructions and occasionally the GPS file included, and I found my way perfectly well. The book itself is really readable without even doing the rides, with some interesting local history and very pretty pictures. It's inspired me to have a lot of staycations, and explore the beautiful landscape and culture just outside my hometown. As the title of my review says, this definitely is the best book for scenic bike rides near London!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dprs on 28 April 2013
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Love the photos, narrative and maps in the book...

AND each chapter also comes with a set of online resources too: a detailed one page route summary sheet to print out and take with you (with special folds so it fits in your top pocket), plus full ordnance survey mapping (including 1:50,000 purple Landranger) to either print out or save / email to your phone. There's also a GPX so you can also set up your phone to guide you if you have GPS (though use a lot of battery).

This is a really neat idea and means you don't have to take the whole book with you on a ride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AlexNathan on 22 April 2013
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This is a great book for anyone looking for new ways to discover cycling around London. The routes are great and inspiring, and you can download more detailed maps and GPX files from the website. One thing to also highlight are the photos which are amazing and atmospheric - they really make you want to go out and ride.

I'm pleased to see this addition to the local bike route selection as most books covering cycling in and around London focus on rather (too) short routes. This book gets the distance about right, and if you fancy longer routes (like I do) there's the potential of combining two into a longer ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RubyRubine on 29 April 2013
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Lovely book with inspiring rides and great photos. You don't even have to take it with you when you get on your bike, the routes are available to download and print individually. The rides are manageable for the enthusiastic amateur and there are several routes ideal for families, but you can often join two together if you fancy something a bit more ambitious. Great guide for places to eat and drink too. We have done one of the London-based rides and will be venturing deeper into the countryside this summer armed with the downloaded maps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PakaS on 28 May 2013
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We've done a couple of rides from the book and haven't been disappointed at all! Discovered some great routes and really good pubs. A truly excellent companion for rides close to London.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 27 May 2013
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Did Ride 20 from this book yesterday (Chilterns) and wasn't disappointed: you really do get to go down some great hidden, leafy lanes that cars don't seem to bother with (you do meet the odd car, though, and some busier connecting roads are unavoidable). Suspect that, normally, only joining a local bike club group ride would give you this sort of knowledge. This is the main value of the book; everything else - the sightseeing opportunities built into the route selections, the campsite suggestions, the great production and photography - is a bonus.

On the maps issue: I'd guess that OS licensing costs are prohibitive and this is why they don't appear in the book. However, I found that printing an OS extract from the book's associated web site worked fine (although the web interface could be refined a little) and in addition the downloadable route directions .pdf could be printed and folded to fit nicely into a standard handlebar map holder, which isn't the total roadie look, but works, and won't actually slow you down. In any case, I think paper works better than GPS if you want to vary the route. Having said that, I didn't try the downloadable GPX file.

Looking forward to more: there's potential for this publication (and any sequels) to become definitive.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Gillespie on 18 April 2013
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The copy is unpretentiously poetic, the photography totally sizzling, the content compelling - it makes you want to leap onto your two-wheeled steed immediately, and the design super classy. A sophisticated piece of cycling literature that is irresistible. Am so definitely up for pursuing cycling adventures inspired by this triumphant tome this summer. What this book does brilliantly is change your perspective on the potential for London and its surrounds as cycling destinations, whether its linking together's London Parks and green spaces via canal towpath cycling routes, or suggesting sneaky ways of sojourning out into Essex this book should be an essential read for the Capital's urban cyclists in search of some superbly structured microadventures! Great work. More please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR DANIEL C WALKER on 15 Sep 2014
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A beautifully put together selection of rides including inspiring photos and a bit of history of the areas. You only realise the full potential of the book if you download the gpx routes (I imported them to the ride with gps App on my phone easily), as the book itself only gives a vague map of each ride.The rides are all achievable as day trips from London, maybe they're a bit on the short side if you're a serious cyclist (the longest ride is about 70 miles). A great purchase if you are looking for cycling inspiration.
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