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South East Mountain Biking: North and South Downs Perfect Paperback – 18 Jul 2013

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Product details

  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906148031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148034
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 17.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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South East Mountain Biking - North and South Downs is the full second edition of the bestselling guide to some of the finest mountain biking in the South East of England. Published by leading guidebook producer Vertebrate Publishing, it covers the best mountain biking in the south-east, including the newly-formed South Downs National Park. Delve into the woodland singletrack of the North Downs or head out on to the big, rolling chalk hills that make up the South Downs National Park. Get out of the towns and cities and discover the dense network of bridleways and byways that criss-cross the countryside of the South East. This guide contains 24 routes between 16 and 35km in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. All route information has been thoroughly checked for this new edition, to give the most up-to-date and comprehensive guidebook to the area. Written by Nick Cotton, author of over 50 cycling guidebooks, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, refreshment stops and local knowledge, and stunning photography.Also included are Top Ten descents, climbs and mountain bike playgrounds, an introduction to the fantastic Surrey Hills singletrack, and a detailed Appendix.


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I tend to hoard mountain bike routes so when I saw this book had been released I purchased it straight away. The routes in the book are presented in a clear and easy to read format with excellent local knowledge of the area covered. I have only ridden a couple of them so far, but have been very impressed. A CD is available containing PDF versions of the routes which are handy to print out and pop in the pocket. The only possible downside is the routes are not presented on OS maps- but the mapping used is very easy to read and easily transferred to OS.
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I bought this to learn some new local trails and was very impressed. It's modern (no retro photos of Etto helmets here!) well writen, excellent maps and some great photography.
Lots of route options that don't follow the obvious trails which was nice to see and very easy to follow instructions.
Unusually it was well worth reading the introduction as well. Funny and informative.
All round, top job. When I travel with my bike in future I'll look for Nick Cottons book of the area to see what trails are recommended.
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This is the 1st mountain bike guide book I bought as new to an area and wanted to see what biking was around.

I did my 1st ride from it today and it was fantastic. The only nag is the maps are not the same as OS/
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This book list the best routes in the South East, is clear and concise and easy to follow. However using just the book to map out the rides is not feasible and you will need an OS map. This is where the book should have thought a little further as they dont give any indexing letters for using the OS system, nor do they help by giving the corresponding sheet number for the map required for the rides. This you have to figure out yourself when planning your rides.
That is the only real downfall of an otherwise excellent guide book which is in colour and i found easy to copy the rides from the book onto an OS map to plan a route.
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