Mountain Bike Guide - West Midlands Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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The Kinver route was excellent and both routes were well defined in the book. However, like Smiffy I found that part of the Coughton route was quite literally unrideable as it takes you through a ford, which is now out of use and quite clearly dangerous. A sign on the approach states 'Ford Impassable at All Times' and it isn't kidding. I managed to find a way around, but this included some naughty riding on footpaths.
This is the second book in this series I have owned, having bought the Derbyshire one some 20 years ago which is excellent (no trail centres in those days). To get the most from the books you need an OS map or GPS device (or both) to get you out of the holes described above. To me though this is part of the fun and is really what mountain biking, or at least off road biking is all about.
Clearly there aren't that many mountains in the West Midlands so well done for finding some reasonably challenging routes.
Probably not of interest if you are only in to massive down hills and man made slightly bland trail centre follow-my-leader courses. That said, I would have preferred it if the height loss sections were generally off road rather than on the tarmac as that is where the reward is for the up hills. It is a bit disheartening to trudge up a sloppy bridal path for a mile or so only to loose all your hard work whizzing down an A road. I guess that's what you get for going au-naturel!
Overall, I think a score of 1 star is harsh but still do agree that the book could do with a refresher for the current decade.
Am hoping to try a couple more routes this week - will update when completed.
A sterling effort, and the real advantage is that someone has taken the time to put together decent routes, saving time putting together route ideas, giving you more time to ride!
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