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Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Pioneer Partners Ltd (15 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956802907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956802903
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Take a look at the Good Mountain Biking Guide. With almost 1000 routes to choose from it should keep you busy for now" --MBR Magazine

"It's probably the most comprehensive route guide we've seen."

"If you're looking to discover new areas and make the most of your weekends you won't go far wrong with The Good Mountain Biking Guide." --Singletrack Magazine

"The guide's breadth of coverage is unique, and earns it a place on any mountain biker's bookshelf'

"this is a real off road compendium...it should inspire rides countrywide" --CTC Cycle Magazine


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I have a box of various maps and guides along with several regional guidebooks from a range of sources, including Bike Maps own guides to the Peak district, which are really clear and useful. So having one book with 500 mountain biking areas in it for England and Wales is an excellent idea and this guide does not disappoint. As well as providing routes for local areas, the guide has come in handy for finding routes in new areas I did not know about. It's also really motivating and makes you just want to get out and discover these great new routes! The book is clear, concise and practical, with straightforward easy to follow maps and instructions, including details of where to park, pubs, cafes, and trail conditions and gradients. Really useful features are atlas style maps with all the areas marked and the mini area maps showing where the route is in relation to major towns/villages. Trail centres are also covered, with a description of facilities and route gradings. All in all, at over 600 pages, this book offers incredible value with enough in it to keep all riders of all abilities satisfied.
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I bought this book based on the number of very good reviews it has, expecting it to give me some good ideas for where to ride with my kids, but the reality is that it is completely useless!

The typical profile page is like something which predates the internet. There is a large amount of information telling you things that can be found in 30 seconds flat on Google or Tripadvisor, such as how long it might take to get to a location, whether you can get there by train and what the nearby pubs or bike shops are, but there is next to nothing about the actual riding you'll find when you get there.

A typical example, taken at random, has the following for Henley on Thames.....

Route Idea: Roads S through Harpsden Wood. Trails W through High Wood. Trails W to Rotherfield Peppard. Trails NW to Stoke Row, then on to Nott Wood and D481. Trails and roads back to Henley via Lower Highmoor, Bromsden Farm & Broadplay. Distance 28km.

Other than that, the only indication at all as to the type of riding available is "Great riding through Chiltern beechwoods, best in summer".

Is it singletrack? Is it technical? Who knows? You certainly won't find out from this guide! I can find a bridleway and read contour lines on an OS map without a problem, and now that they're all available online for free, I can easily go looking for potential places to ride anywhere in the country from my computer. What I can't know without local knowledge is what the actual trails are going to be like when I get there.... Is that moderate gradient bridleway a smoothly surfaced double width track through relatively wide spaced trees, or is it a dark, damp, rooty bit of singletrack through dense forest?
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Now this simply stays in my car with the relevant OS maps. Ride regularly around South Downs and similar areas....and thought I knew most of the routes! Been VERY useful linking routes as well as highlighting new ones. Make a lot of trips to Afan, Wales and was impressed with the overall quality, coverage and detail this book offers. If you want to expand your riding with minimal 'thinking' then this is an essential purchase! Do it!
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I bought this book for my boyfriend as he has just treated himself to a new mountain bike. Now he is going through the book every other night planning his next trip. It is really good to get an idea of areas around you to head off to as well as areas further a field.
Only downside is it doesn't have a bike trail map so you pretty much have to figure it out for yourself when you get there but otherwise highly recommendable!
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This is the best MTB guide book I've ever read. It's designed to stay in your car or at home to use as a reference for planning where to go for your rides. Not (as one reviewer suggested) as a map to take on the trails.

So, the way I've been reading it is when I want to go somewhere I simply pick this book up and look at where the best trails are that will be nearby. And that's exactly what you want from a reference book. It'll tell you a bit about the area and amenities such as pubs and tea stops, bike shops etc. It'll also tell you which OS maps you'll need when you get there. It'll also tell you about travelling there by car or train, and provide an overview map of the some suggested routes.

Great book, well written and informative.
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I wish I had read this before I took my latest ride in the Lake District! It's intended to be a "check it out before you go" book, rather than one to use on the trail, and it fits this brief very well. There are good web references to bike parks, too. One review earlier questions who wrote this - I know one of the many people involved (and no, that's not me - I hadn't seen the book until a few weeks ago when I was given a damaged but still very useable copy), and I know (a) that they are mad keen mountain bikers themselves, (b) that this has been a major labour of love, and (c) they have recruited people from all over the country to put in their best locations and rides. So - check it out!
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