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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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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?Read more ›
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!
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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Bought for my son who works all over the country. He says it will be useful for finding good routes when he's not in the area for long.Published 1 month ago by Joyce Marjorie Evans
I have purchased this book for Christmas for my son who is a Mountain biker. I don't ride myself but I thought I would just have a quick look at the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara
There are lots of fine books out there for mountain bikers but none quite like The Good Mountain Guide. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Norman Hadley