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A Local View
on 22 December 2007
Jon Barton's White Peak Mountain Biking: The Pure Trails is a fantastic guide to 21 mountain bike circuits in the White Peak. The rides are split into different types of ride that will satisfy a wide variety of riders. Classics are just that, classic rides that are relatively short (12km-23km) with medium to hard ascents and descents that are great for a quick evening ride in summer, a night ride in winter or when time is generally short. The remainder are split into Epics, which are longer and sometimes more technical, and Enduros, which are longer still, take much of the day and incorporate more of the best riding that the White Peak can offer. Other sections provide information on family rides, top uphills and downhills and top sections of singletrack. There is also a good section on general information that makes a trip more amenable; like local bike shops, bike hire, food and drink and accomodation and there is plenty of opportunity to create your own new routes by linking up circuits in the guide.
The mapping within the guide is clear and simple and though not based on Ordnance Survey mapping it compares favourably and is more than adequate to guide you around the routes without taking additional maps with you. One of the best features is an altitude profile, which allows you to see how the gradients of the ride vary along the route and each of the routes is also described in text, bringing out key signs and buildings to look for on route to help you around.
Living on the outskirts of the Peak District, I wasn't sure whether White Peak Mountain Biking: The Pure Trails could provide me with more knowledge about the trails available than I already had. However over the last year I have explored new areas of the White Peak and enjoyed steep climbs, fast descents and sweet singletrack that I would never have known about. This book would not be out of place in the guide library of local riders or those who live further afield and is a must for anyone visiting the White Peak for the first time who wants to get the most out of the trails in the area.