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Peak District Mountain Biking: Dark Peak Trails Paperback – 15 Mar 2010
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"Vertebrate Publishing has made a name for itself with a series of glossy, highly polished and well researched guidebooks to some of the UK's favourite riding spots." Mountain Bike Rider (MBR) Magazine "Far and away the best Peak guide we've come across." BIKEmagic.com on the original Dark Peak Mountain Biking"
About the Author
Jon Barton lives in the heart of the Peak District, with his wife, young son and novelty show dog. Having ridden and climbed in the area for almost 20 years his knowledge of the Peak, and particularly the Hope Valley, is enviable. After the shackles of fame that came with authoring the original Dark Peak Mountain Biking guidebook, Jon had to improve his MTB skills somewhat. Now proficient at singletrack, and merely nervous of descents, his ambition still remains to clean the notorious climb up Gores Heights (Lockerbrook). Catch him there most weekends for book signings. Don't be put off by the blue language, or his disproportionately large calves, he's really approachable and surprisingly down to earth.
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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.
The book is well laid out, with a "How to use this book" section at the start. I'd strongly recommend reading this before looking at any of the trail guides as it makes them much easier to work out!
For seasoned riders - I've been riding mountain bikes for nearly 20 years now, and have a good grip of map reading, but it is nice to see the maps laid out in a simple and easy to understand way. The key waypoints are marked and the trails are clear (for those of us who don't know the difference between a footpath, bridleway or B.O.A.T.).
For newbies - My fiancée is new to the sport, but has found this book an easy way to find trails and have fun doing so even without the experience of many years of map-reading.
Jon Barton has listed some of my favourite Peak District trails, but has also opened my eyes to some new and previously hidden (from me) gems.
If, like me, you live in the area, this is a useful addition to your existing knowledge. If you are planning a weekend away in the Peak District, this will give you an instant `in' to some of the best trails in the area.
If you're wondering what stocking filler to get your mountain biking other half - look no further than the Vertebrate Publishing range of books.
If you have a couple of rounds-worth of cash burning a hole in your pocket and are looking for trail inspiration - buy a Vertebrate Publishing guide.
I thought I had better invest in a guide book for the area so I picked up this one, and I have to say it is ACE! and I have 'discovered' some fantastic tracks and have been able to link bits together to create some real epics.
The routes are clearly set out with detailed information including pub stops and the like, so when going out with less keen/experienced riders I can get them to chose the ride they want to do, and it puts an end to all the 'over the next hill' lies and associated arguments this book has made riding with my wife AWESOME as there are no surprises.
a must for anyone visiting the peak
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book with some good routes mostly in the North of the Peak District.Published 8 months ago by simon veitch
Brilliant, easy to follow and would recommend it with the white peak trails guide as well.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book some of the best routes there is to ride in the dark peak!Published 21 months ago by sarah goacher
This guide contains routes for some of the best mountain biking in the Peak District. Easy to follow instructions with maps. Highly recommended.Published on 12 May 2014 by A. Steele