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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, highly recommended., 22 Aug 2013
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I wasn't going to purchase this book as I already have quiet a lot of experience in riding the South Down's Way - as we run a bike hire business in this area (coastal cycles).

However, I'm always looking for routes in and around the South Down's Way which we can suggest and recommend to our customers.

It was actually the 'not so good' piece by the reviewer above by Eveready, which caught my attention where he highlights that the book contains a number of other routes, which add to the weight of the book.

I must say it's these additional routes, which I think make the book really outstanding.

Even thought I'm familiar with many of the routes in and around the South Down's Way, I've discovered some great new routes, which I'm eager to get and out and try.

Whatever route you choose, be it the South Down's Way, or exploring any of the additional routes this guide is very comprehensive, easy to follow with the bonus of lots of clear, easy-to-read colour maps.

The author recommends taking a compass, and this is good advice. It's easy to get lost on the SDW - there are lots of turnings and tracks off the beaten track, which can make for confusion especially when mountain biking. I've walked it also - and the difference with walking is you're travelling at a slower speed, thus easier to follow maps and stay on the right track.

Lots of useful information including where to stay overnight and so forth.

If you're camping, or you're not adverse to staying in a 'camping barn' make sure you check the National Trust's site, Gumber Farm, which is also featured in Cool Camping - I absolutely love this site and if you're an outdoors type of person who wants to get away from it all - Gumber farm is a great overnight stay - or even a base for a few days. Google it and you'll see the booking details. Can't be accessed by cars, which is a great bonus as it means it really is lovely and quiet.

As to the guide, Peter Edwards and Circone have done a wonderful job.

Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2013 08:39:32 BDT
Dr Doom says:
Thanks for the positive review, it's very much appreciated.

Peter Edwards

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2014 21:07:42 GMT
P. A. Power says:
You're very welcome, Peter. It's a great book full of useful detail and some great rides.
Thanks,
Paul
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