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on 22 December 2007
Jon Barton's White Peak Mountain Biking: The Pure Trails is a fantastic guide to 21 mountain bike circuits in the White Peak. The rides are split into different types of ride that will satisfy a wide variety of riders. Classics are just that, classic rides that are relatively short (12km-23km) with medium to hard ascents and descents that are great for a quick evening ride in summer, a night ride in winter or when time is generally short. The remainder are split into Epics, which are longer and sometimes more technical, and Enduros, which are longer still, take much of the day and incorporate more of the best riding that the White Peak can offer. Other sections provide information on family rides, top uphills and downhills and top sections of singletrack. There is also a good section on general information that makes a trip more amenable; like local bike shops, bike hire, food and drink and accomodation and there is plenty of opportunity to create your own new routes by linking up circuits in the guide.

The mapping within the guide is clear and simple and though not based on Ordnance Survey mapping it compares favourably and is more than adequate to guide you around the routes without taking additional maps with you. One of the best features is an altitude profile, which allows you to see how the gradients of the ride vary along the route and each of the routes is also described in text, bringing out key signs and buildings to look for on route to help you around.

Living on the outskirts of the Peak District, I wasn't sure whether White Peak Mountain Biking: The Pure Trails could provide me with more knowledge about the trails available than I already had. However over the last year I have explored new areas of the White Peak and enjoyed steep climbs, fast descents and sweet singletrack that I would never have known about. This book would not be out of place in the guide library of local riders or those who live further afield and is a must for anyone visiting the White Peak for the first time who wants to get the most out of the trails in the area.
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on 24 April 2008
This a great up to date guide to an area that is often over looked by its more famous Dark peak cousin. The white peak is just as good an area to ride as its grit stone neighbour and this guide does it justice.

Well written and explained routes, with excellent well drawn maps (do prefer the maps in the later released v-graphics guides), useful info on where to eat and drink (real ale pubs too) on or after your ride. Great gradient profiles too.

Like the truthful writing that tells you that some of the routes get very muddy in the winter so best avoided for more ridable routes.

Even for a Sheffield local it took me on some trails that i've never rode before.

A very slicky produced guide
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on 9 February 2008
I've got both these guides (Dark and White Peak) and they are equally excellent. Full of easy to read maps, clear route descriptions of some classic rides as well as gems you'd never find unless you spend as much time as the authors have riding in the Peak. An ideal size that can easily be stashed and accessed whilst riding. Highly recommended for anyone biking off road in the Peak from first timers to seasoned riders. The measure of a good guide is it makes you want to go biking as soon as you start reading it, and I can guarantee this will certainly do that!
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on 16 September 2011
I have had the guide for 4 months now and I have completed all of the set routes in the book 1-21 at least once most twice and more.This guide is well set out the grade guides are perfect and what more can I say than this is the best MB guide book you will find I do prefer the hand draw maps(Give better specific detail) in this guide has opposed to the new OS maps in the Dark guide book(but thats me being picky).Shattered,Knackered,exhausted,but boy what sights and views I've seen GET THE GUIDE YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED.
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on 24 April 2011
there are trail guides that have unusable maps and directions that seem to have been translated from English into mandarin and back by someone who has never seen either language, this isn't one of them, clear concise well marked with good maps (and a profile giving the climbs and descents) its a nice size as well, easy to pack. All in all a handy little book.
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on 7 August 2013
Routes are described with just the right amount of detail to give you a hint of what to expect and help you decide if you have the required skills to complete the course. Beware... if you are a complete MTB novice, you may end up doing a lot of walking over the 'technical' stuff and up some of the very steep hills.
The maps which accompany each ride are good, but I would recommend you take a OS 1:25,000 map with you on the ride.
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on 29 May 2013
excellent book,we are really really looking forward to using this book and riding some of the trails in the summer
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on 10 February 2009
A well presented book in a small convenient size, with a good selection of routes.
The two problems I have with the book are the maps: contrary to what other reviewers above have said, we found that the relevant OS map needed to be consulted several times en route, as the maps don't show many details - not showing whether a track is a minor road or a bridleway, leaving out the names of farms, side roads, and even landmarks such as youth hostels. Trying to avoid getting out the OS meant a lot of wrong turns and wasted time. The written directions were not enough to make it clear which was the right way.
Secondly, I find the tone of the book to be a bit patronising and annoying - at times it really made me cringe - there is half a page detailing why you should not cycle on a footpath - I would have thought most mountain bikers would be well aware of what the terms 'right of way' and 'bridleway' mean. Also some of the route information is a bit strange - comments such as 'Is this route any good? You decide' in the introduction are rather meaningless and would be better replaced by a more helpful sentence outlining the route.
Also I find the definition of a 'classic' route to mean 'short' is a bit odd.
Some of the routes seem to have strange and pointless extra on-road loops on them (admittedly easy enough to cut out) and some end with long uphill slogs on the road - maybe the choice of starting point should aim to avoid this?
A minor omission is that there is no estimated time given for the routes.
Having said this, for someone not familiar with the area, the routes are an extremely useful starting point for planning a day out.
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