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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to explore unfamiliar areas
This book is great if you are being dragged away for the weekend (i.e.to visit relatives!) to some unfamiliar area, and want to know whether it is worth taking your mountain bike along. It gives a good overview of the options, and the web links to other local sources of info/guides is helpful. The guide is quite bulky, so you will need to get the relevant OS map...
Published on 7 April 2011 by Tabs

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected.
If you bear in mind the book is a GUIDE then its excellent. Plenty of ideas of where to visit BUT the route description and maps are not good enough to be used at ground level so you would need to buy a map/GPS as well to do the ride. You would be better off buying a ride guide from Vertebrate or Rough Ride for the local area which is where these routes have pulled from...
Published on 13 May 2011 by K. Riley


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful to explore unfamiliar areas, 7 April 2011
This review is from: The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales (Paperback)
This book is great if you are being dragged away for the weekend (i.e.to visit relatives!) to some unfamiliar area, and want to know whether it is worth taking your mountain bike along. It gives a good overview of the options, and the web links to other local sources of info/guides is helpful. The guide is quite bulky, so you will need to get the relevant OS map (details given), or photocopy the page. It would be good to see the suggested routes graded by difficulty, and a bit more info on which way round to tackle some of the routes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY useful!, 2 Jun 2011
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This review is from: The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales (Paperback)
Now this simply stays in my car with the relevant OS maps. Ride regularly around South Downs and similar areas....and thought I knew most of the routes! Been VERY useful linking routes as well as highlighting new ones. Make a lot of trips to Afan, Wales and was impressed with the overall quality, coverage and detail this book offers. If you want to expand your riding with minimal 'thinking' then this is an essential purchase! Do it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, 1 May 2011
This review is from: The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales (Paperback)
I have a box of various maps and guides along with several regional guidebooks from a range of sources, including Bike Maps own guides to the Peak district, which are really clear and useful. So having one book with 500 mountain biking areas in it for England and Wales is an excellent idea and this guide does not disappoint. As well as providing routes for local areas, the guide has come in handy for finding routes in new areas I did not know about. It's also really motivating and makes you just want to get out and discover these great new routes! The book is clear, concise and practical, with straightforward easy to follow maps and instructions, including details of where to park, pubs, cafes, and trail conditions and gradients. Really useful features are atlas style maps with all the areas marked and the mini area maps showing where the route is in relation to major towns/villages. Trail centres are also covered, with a description of facilities and route gradings. All in all, at over 600 pages, this book offers incredible value with enough in it to keep all riders of all abilities satisfied.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 30 May 2012
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I bought this book for my boyfriend as he has just treated himself to a new mountain bike. Now he is going through the book every other night planning his next trip. It is really good to get an idea of areas around you to head off to as well as areas further a field.
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information, 14 Sep 2013
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Good for identifying an area to ride with route information that confirms that any unfamiliar tracks are at least potentially rideable. Coupled with my Satmap it is very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Bike Guide, 7 Feb 2013
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Provides maps and guide to a great range of rides throughout the country. Paper is a bit thin and print rather small but, on the whole, content is useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well received gift, 23 Jan 2013
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Given to a real afficienado of the mountain bike who delved into immediately; and is likely never to be contactable again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide, 10 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales (Paperback)
This is a great book for checking out ideas for rides, especially in areas you have not been to before. So handy to have all the info you need in one reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little companion!, 12 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales (Paperback)
I love this little gem. If, like me, you'd rather spend time on your bike, rather than slogging through the internet, MTB mags and OS maps to map out a ride in unfamiliar territory, then this handy little compendium is a must-buy. It's also helped me venture out a little further into my local territory, with some really refreshing trail ideas. There's clearly a lot of local knowledge which has gone into compiling the trails in the book. The guide is best used in conjunction with a 1:25000 OS map, but you can get by navigating from the maps inclded in the book. I love the altitude data on the map....almost as useful as the pub locator (also included), but not quite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for everyone who wants to explore., 18 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales (Paperback)
This is the best MTB guide book I've ever read. It's designed to stay in your car or at home to use as a reference for planning where to go for your rides. Not (as one reviewer suggested) as a map to take on the trails.

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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