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An Excellent Guide For All Riders
on 26 July 2010
Dark Peak Trails is a revised and updated second edition of the original True Grit Trails book from Vertebrate Publishing. As an owner of the original book, I was pleased and surprised at just how much the new book improves upon the original.
Several new routes have been added, and many of the existing routes included have been edited and rewritten, with far superior Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 mapping. The routes are now even easier to follow, and can be quickly copied into mapping software or to a GPS device. Each route has a short introduction and information about the ride, along with altitude profile graph and useful information such as local pubs and cafes. A comprehensive turn by turn guide accompanies each map, written in a clear and concise manner.
All the routes are illustrated with excellent and inspiring photography, in a well designed and attractive layout. Along with the authors clear passion for his subject, this makes the book a pleasurable read, being written in a light hearted and informal way.
The routes themselves offer a good variety of riding, from short and relatively easy Classic rides in the fantastic Dark Peak scenery, to the tough, technical Killer loops the area is famous for. The book is a valuable guide to any mountain biker, whether new to the area, or an old hand looking for new ideas.