£14.86
  • RRP: £16.95
  • You Save: £2.09 (12%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Cycling Northern France: ... has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Cycling Northern France: Cycle Routes North of the Loire Paperback – 20 Mar 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback, 20 Mar 2013
"Please retry"
£14.86
£9.93 £13.51
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£14.86 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • From mountain bikes to cycle computers, find 1000s of products in our bikes store.


Frequently Bought Together

  • Cycling Northern France: Cycle Routes North of the Loire
  • +
  • Cycling Southern France - Loire to Mediterranean, Updated and Revised 2016
  • +
  • France en Velo: The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Mediterranean - St. Malo to Nice
Total price: £44.69
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Excellent Books (20 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901464288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901464283
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

There's nothing like a good guidebook to make you want to hit the road, and Cycling Northern France does just that. The guide is the work of experienced cycling journalists Richard Peace and Andrew Stevenson. Andrew has written for Cycle and Ride magazines, among others, while Richard writes for BikeRadar.com when he's not attending bike shows, writing guidebooks or clocking up the miles on two wheels in the name of research.One of Richard's previous cycling books is Cycling Southern France, so this latest guide to the north of France completes the set. The book takes in cycling routes right across the north of France, from Brittany in the west, and east to Normandy, Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It journeys south to Île-de-France and Paris, en route to Champagne-Ardennes, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Lorraine and Alsace. The book can be used for its series of 8 touring routes, including Paris to Champagne Country, Brittany Coast to Coast, and Boulogne to Lille, or used for its extensive coverage of greenways (voies verte) and véloroutes; 93 are listed and mapped in all, starting with the Nantes-Brest Canal in Brittany and ending with the Haguenau-Betschdorf loop in Alsace. Michelin maps, distance/elevation charts, and tourist information are used throughout the spiral-bound book to complement the detailed ride notes. Remarkably, the designers have been able to fit all 8 touring routes on a reversible, waterproof, tear-proof foldout map that accompanies the book (the map and guide come packaged together in a PVC wallet). In an age of GPS, tablets and downloadable maps, guidebooks like Cycling in Northern France prove there's still a place in your pannier or your basket for a good, old-fashioned guidebook, written by people who have been there, done that, and spent hours poring over the maps to prove it. --Lyn at www.freewheelingfrance.com

Another excellent addition to the cyclist s library is Richard Peace and Andrew Stevenson s Cycling Northern France Cycle Routes North of the Loire. This is a compendious work, taking in rides from Roscoff to Strasbourg, and Calais to Paris. There is lots of mapping and route notes and many nuggets of fascinating information (St-Lô took 1,000 bombs in 20 minutes in the Battle of Normandy and became known as the Capital of Ruins,for instance). It is a nuts and bolts work with handy spiral binding, plenty of detail and covers over 5,000 km of greenways and véloroutes. Included between the covers of this 272 page guide are also details for public transport access from the UK, some accommodation tips and lots of route information and tips on what to see and do while en route. So if you want to tackle Northern Burgundy, the Vosges mountains in Alsace or Brittany Coast to Coast along routes that are cycle friendly and ideal for beginner and enthusiast alike, then this new books covers a huge number of bases. Voyage Magazine, Summer 2013. --Voyage Magazine, Summer 2013

Richard Peace and Andrew Stevenson have created a bike traveler s gem. Cycling in Northern France: Cycle Routes North of the Loire is a handsome, durable, comprehensive guide with information and maps for over 5,000 kilometers of routes. The book includes a waterproof map scaled to 1:200,000, which shows roads in better detail than a standard road map, making it perfect for bicycle tourists. The book includes detailed cutouts of urban areas, ride notes with directions, elevation profiles, cyclefriendly accommodation details, and area sites. Organized into eight different regions, Cycling in Northern France is a great resource and can be purchased from various outlets. --Waypoints Magazine, Summer 2013

About the Author

Richard Peace is the founder of Excellent Books, specialising in cycle publishing, and has been writing about cycling for more than 15 years. Andrew Stevenson has written for Cycle and The Ride magazines, and appeared on The Bike Show on Resonance FM. He has ridden extensively in France, The Netherlands and Spain, as well as in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and The Czech Republic - almost exclusively aboard a folding bike.


Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

I have been using guides to cycling in France for years, but haven't biked more than a few hundred miles in my second favourite country. I've driven to the moon and back in distance terms whilst doing serious 'research' (i.e. drinking and eating a lot) for books about France, know the genre... and this is up there with the best. The reason I use bike books so much is because their authors usually see much more of the places they travel through and to, and give me info I can use (i.e. steal) that I might otherwise miss. This book is a prime example of the value of really detailed and at the same time entertaining travel guides. A tiny example: I lived near the superb Breton town of Morlaix for three years and visited it hundreds of times but only found out about the ville's bike hire facilities from Cycling Northern France. I also learned new things about Normandy from this book, although I lived in and wrote about that delightful region for many years. Another thing that any touring cyclist (or motorist) will tell you about guides is the vital nature of design and durability and layout. Some guides fall to bits before a journey is completed; some are as hard to navigate as getting past a French farmer on a tractor immediately after lunch. This book is one of those rare objects in book form which is as pleasurable to handle and use as it is to look at. It is also crammed full of big and small info. Well done, chaps, and I can't wait to make full use of it during my French leave this summer.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Not only is it a brand new book ie the suggested routes and the information on them will be very up to date, but it is also an improvement on its predessor book Cycling in Southern France in that the routes have a lot of text describing them rather than relying on simply following a highlighted route on a map. It is a much bigger book too offering a much wider choice of alternative routes to explore. I am looking forard to using it in 2014.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This is an excellent guide. Useful maps and information. In addition to the selected routes, there is also very useful information on the various cycling trails in each region. I commend the author on the research done for this book. It really does set the standard for what cycling guides should be. I only wish I had the time and money to spend more time in France to explore the various routes that this guide has inspired me to ride. A recommended guide for anyone who takes their bike to Northern France.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
A brilliant guide book for cyclists. Has Michelin maps and great images of places to cycle to in Northern France. Very comprehensive. Also comes with a great waterproof map.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this book as I intend travelling to France next year and was amazed at how informative the writer has been. Not only are there maps but accommodation details and the cycling safety aspects are well covered.
I would definitely recommend this book for potential cyclists.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Not a bad book to give overview of the routes available in Northern France. However, definitely not a book to take with you in order to find your way around.
If you are cycling Northern France, head for Avenue Verte to get you 30 or so miles in and take it from there.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Good pre-planned tours, good guide.

Unfortunately the map is not great on the go, the route to take is too obscured by the highlighter to be able to interpret at speed in a handle bar map carrier could be improved if one A4 page per day.
Links to online gps routes with daily maps you can print off yourself would make it perfect.

That said good value for money.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Linear maps very useful as are very clear route descriptions. Good price. Having a lot of fun planning my 2014 rides.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback