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Mr. S. F. Besley "Stephen Besley" (Suffolk, UK)

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The Danube Cycle Way: Donaueschingen to Budapest (Cicerone International Cycling)
The Danube Cycle Way: Donaueschingen to Budapest (Cicerone International Cycling)
by John Higginson
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, 20 Oct. 2008
I have just cycled from Vienna to Budapest using this book as my only guide. This is not enough! As in fairness the author does point out. A decent set of maps of the region will save you from the kind of navigational error that can cause morale to drop on a days touring.

The sections on border crossings are now out of date. Much of the route is now signed as European long distance route 6. No mention of this is made in the text.

The two main deficiencies I found were the lack of anything other than the most basic of maps and the habit in the text of referring to to a navigational point on the route without giving any context. The reader is left wondering if the vital left turn is 1 mile, 5 miles to 10 miles up the road. Perhaps the photographs of churches and rural scenes could have been replaced by some aerial images from Google earth showing the route.

Despite this it is a good little book. Some nice descriptive touches and generally good route and accommodation advice. Its modest size being a bonus, as one can cycle with it a pocket and with the odd wobble refer to it on the fly.

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