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This is one hell of way to see the Lake District National Park! A great description of the grandest of Lake District tours. Get pedalling! --Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park Authority

A book to inspire both the armchair adventurer and the hardened cyclist. Discover the Lakes through the humorous and insightful account of Mike Carden's Grand Tour. It s a route accessible to cyclists of all abilities, you can dip into sections or follow the full route. Whether from your armchair at home or reading it as a companion to your journey, you will learn all kinds of interesting trivia as Carden's keen observations and propensity for chatting to strangers brings many Lakeland tales to life ----Hannah Reynolds, Fitness Editor, Cycling Weekly magazine

An affectionate Grand Tour of the ups and downs of cycling the Lake District --Lord Inglewood, President of The Friends of the Lake District

I m full of admiration for Mike who decided to cycle from Brockhole to Bowness ... it s only about three miles ... but he went the long way round! A Lake District Grand Tour , subtitled Pedalling Through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones , is a great read. My review copy this week caused me a degree of sleep-deprivation, but I m not complaining; definitely un-put-downable. As he takes us along with him on a nine-day ride around the Lake District, constantly embarrassed at the difference in cycling performance between himself and his riding companion, a 20-year-old son, Mike introduces us to places both familiar and less so. I like the way that he feels in no way obliged to gush over popular tourist spots and is happy to be mildly irreverent. Children s author Beatrix Potter s Hill Top , for example, is not a pretty-pretty house at all and definitely from the Mrs. Heelis side of Beatrix s life, rather than the Miss Potter side . Plus I do admire his courage in confessing that he d rather have a life-size model of Renée Zellweger, the Miss Potter actress, than of Mrs Tiggy-winkle a quite serious heresy here in Cumbria. As we pedal (or he pedals!) from place to place fascinating tidbits of information are scattered through the pages. Having lived for many year s within sight of Lancashire s Pendle Hill the world famous treacle mines of Sabden were familiar territory. I was, however, completely unaware that in addition to the lead, copper, silver and other important minerals that were extracted from Lakeland mountains over many centuries the sweet black stuff was mined near Kendal. (A subsequent trawl of the web told me of the secret treacle mine of Natland, the location of which was reserved to the village elders but they re all dead, so no-one knows where it is, or was, or maybe was!) From Dunmail s ghostly warriors above Grasmere to the elusive golden eagle over Haweswater Mike Carden leads us around the Lakes, ever entertaining. I lost count of the wifely queries, What are you laughing at? . --David J Murray

A lake District Grand tour is the third of Mike's cycling adventures. This time his talkative steed Scott has been put into a well earned retirement and with a new bike he is joined by his long suffering son Richard who not only has to put up with his father being directionally challenged but he frequently finds himself getting cold as he patiently waits at the crest of each climb for his dad to arrive. On this grand tour Mike takes us to all of the lakes, meres and waters of the lake district as well as to its extremities north, east, south and west. Mike's charming and easily readable style has you cycling alongside as he paints a wonderful picture of the differing landscapes of the Lake District in to which he weaves the history of the Lakeland fells and its surroundings. Something new for this book is an accompanying website lakedistrictgrandtour.co.uk this has details of all the routes with maps, pictures and links to the many places outlined in the book. As ever Mike's sense of humour comes through from the 'Sleeping Policeman' on High street which had me thinking of speeding fellwalkers, to the pies OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS and his account of him zig zagging his way up the 25% & 30% inclines of the Hardknot and Wrynose passes which did make me giggle as it brought back so many memories of doing hill climbs and that urge not to let them beat you. I have also been that person "Push down those pedals, heart thumping, breath in gasps, push, push. Andddd...stopppp". As you turn the pages it is easy to see Mike's love of the lake district which he has now made his home and his personal account of the 2008 Lakeland flood is quite touching. If this book doesn't get you itching to get your bike over to the lake district and explore it I don't know what will! --Cycle Tourer Website

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2084 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bike Ride Books (5 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ITY34X4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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