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West Yorkshire Mountain Biking - South Pennine Trails [Paperback]

Benjamin Haworth
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1 Mar 2012
West Yorkshire Mountain Biking - South Pennine Trails features 23 of the best mountain bike rides in West Yorkshire, between 10.5km and 32km in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. The routes are split into four sections: Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees and City of Leeds. Explore wild moorland, plunge into steep and deep wooded valleys, cruise through the heart of industrial Yorkshire and speed along some of the best singletrack in the country. As with all new Vertebrate MTB guidebooks, this title features industry-standard Ordnance Survey mapping, and is illustrated with stunning action photography. Researched, ridden and written by local expert and MTB journalist Benjamin Haworth, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, and refreshment stops and local knowledge. Also included is a detailed Appendix.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906148155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148157
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Haworth has been a writer for almost ten years, a photographer for fifteen years and a mountain biker for twenty years. He has written countless magazine features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine. Although he's a born and bred Lancastrian, he freely admits that West Yorkshire is his favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without Benji riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've a neat little collection of these pocket sized guides on my shelf now. On a post card inserted inside the front cover Vertebrate Publishing claim to publish Britain's best mountain bike guidebooks and I think they are probably right. I've seen snazzier books, but this is a format that genuinely works and they seem to be sticking to their formula: pocket sized, inspiring photos, great cover shots, decent quality maps, good route descriptions with accompanying maps and notes on shops and pubs en route, with the essential info bits at the start. They are producing a few books each year and now boast the range:

Lake District
Yorkshire Dales
North York Moors
West Yorkshire
Peak District
White Peak
South West
South East (2 vols)
And now West Yorkshire - South Pennine Trails.

Clearly there is a concentration around the centre of the country. One could argue that this is where some of the best biking is, but it's probably as much to do with the fact that their offices are based in Sheffield.

If I was to be critical of the book I would have preferred some bolder colours for the numbered squares on the initial orientation map indicating where each route that is covered in the book is located. The muted greys and greens blend in a bit too well with the background map making then difficult to spot. It's no biggie though.

I love the little summary box that accompanies each route, displaying the distance, ascent, time, profile, and a host of other useful bits of information. I wonder whether it might be nice to have these on a single double page spread at the back of the book as a quick reference point to decide on the type of route you fancy for the day?

Retails at £14.95 and provides excellent value for money - 23 routes, that's 65pence a route!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for 3 reasons:
1. I've read Benji's routes and other writing before in Singletrack Magazine and I enjoy the way he writes;
2. I live in Rochdale, so the rides are almost all easily accessible by me for a nice day out on the bike (albeit sometimes with a short drive first!)
3. I'd seen Vertbrate guidebooks before, at exhibitions and at my brother's (he's a walking nut) so I knew that the format would be easy to pick up and read.

I've not been disappointed. The book's written in an easy style, showcasing what the region has to offer to Mountain Bikers and what to expect from the rides. The rides themselves are clearly mapped out and the explanations are memorable. I mapped one ride out on my GPS phone app but as I followed the track I'd plotted, the words from the book came back to me as I rode. That's testament to the writing style, which is extremely helpful.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who's thinking of a few days out riding in West Yorks (or the Lancs/W. Yorks borders), whether bunched together or as separate day rides. You won't go far wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars West Yorkshire Mountain Biking 18 Jan 2013
By Graham
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another Great Guide - get all of them and work your way through them - I plan to in the future !
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