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Traffic-free Cycle Trails: More Than 400 Traffic-free Cycling Routes Around Britain [Paperback]

Nick Cotton
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Book Description

26 July 2010
This is the fully updated second edition of the popular guidebook "Traffic-Free Cycle Trails", containing more than 400 cycle routes around Britain. Written by Nick Cotton, the book includes a great variety of routes on former railway paths, canal towpaths and forest trails. First published in 2004, "Traffic-Free Cycle Trails" has become one of the country's most popular cycling books. It has proven invaluable for finding that safe and peaceful bike ride, increasingly the target of a growing number of families. Readers of the first edition have been surprised with the discovery of local trails of which they were unaware, and those travelling with the book have been able to find quality trails in unfamiliar areas throughout the UK, without wasting time! It includes route description of rides in every region of Britain. It features an easy-to-use format and is packed with useful information in regional sections. It is helpful for parents planning safe rides with children and novice riders looking to escape traffic.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: CycleCity Guides; 2nd edition edition (26 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900623218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900623216
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Cotton has written more than 50 cycling books and guides and is constantly on the move looking for more routes. He rides with his own family and lives in Cumbria.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy compendium, yet slightly disappointing 25 Aug 2011
A difficult volume to review. Personal satisfaction warrants about two and a half stars. But objectively it is well worth four. Lots of folk might find aspects to cavil at. Purchased with no illusions, however, it should prove an excellent buy.

My objective rationale: after significant web-browsing and searching numerous bike shops, I've yet to discover anything better - or even as good; some concerns are not the book's fault; and it really is fantastic value for money.

Packed with concise information and a surprising number of vignette photos that capture the spirit of various rides. It is well-structured and easy to read/consult. The rides cover mainland UK as well as could be expected in a single tome. Anglesey, Arran, Mull and the IOW too, but not Northern Ireland.

Most rides are genuinely traffic-free. There are nice potted histories or locale descriptions, TIC contacts, brief route directions, and refreshment stops. Plus the occasional useful warning - busy main roads to cross, or challenging climbs (like NCN2: 550ft ascending the cliffs at Folkestone).

What could possibly disappoint?

I did wish for more details, book size notwithstanding. This was especially true for the Forestry Commission holdings; though, in fairness, many are not trails per se but general track networks open to off-road cyclists.

Maps. There aren't any. Plenty of map references, other cycling publications, and web-sites are given throughout. Some readers may prefer a stand-alone guide. Having said which, waymarked trails and linear canal towpaths should hardly be an orienteering challenge! And these account for a lot of the book.

Lastly, a personal thing. A little research could perhaps have extended several rides to something more meaty.
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3.0 out of 5 stars too many short rides 13 April 2012
By peter
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Although very comprehensive in its coverage, I suspect the majority of cyclists will find the numerous short rides a bit of a waste of time. The book is very short on maps - in fact none of any of the routes which probably means for a number of people going out and purchasing a map to cover the route!! What might have been useful would be some indication how longer routes could be devised linking up various short traffic-free routes and quiet lanes, in particular to create circular routes - much more interesting than "there and back" routes.
However as with Nick Cotton books he has done a thorough job and the book certainly covers a lot of rides for those looking for an easy quiet sunday afternoon ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good source book 23 Jun 2013
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This book is an excellent guide to Traffic Free trails over the UK. It gives their location and basic information and then you may need to go online and find further details about the trail or enquire when you arrive at the trail for things like local maps etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 21 Feb 2012
By B Evans
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I have not yet used it while out cycling -it's probably a bit weighty for that - but I am enjoying working through it to plan trips.
It is well thought out and informative. Best used in conjunction with decent maps (I would have liked more sketch maps but to the author's credit grid refs are included). Contains some tempting photographs. All in all, well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good countrywide guide 15 Jun 2012
By Baz
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A very good book but missing some simple additional information. In my local area there is a good railway path covered but no mention of it been part of the National Cycle Network. Would recommend the book as good for families and older people wanting shorter rides.
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