Top critical review
Not insightful or comprehensive enough
on 8 March 2013
While there is good listings and a good basic overview of the route, there is not enough information and too much advertising. Essentially each entry for places to eat and sleep is written almost as an advert. The listings take up the vast majority of the book with not enough text/graphics dedicated to actual route information. Interesting enough, but besides the point local/historical descriptions cuts the detailing of the route further still.
Maps are very coarse and do not provide much detail (fine if you are smart and carrying an OS or Sustrans map) and this is a missed trick. In some cases, places referred to in the text are not properly indicated on the maps. The route profiles are similarly basic. The poor print resolution also makes the maps and route profiles less detailed than they could be. Route descriptions and profiles are also poorly described when alternative paths are discussed.
It seems like this book might be of use to the 'born with braze-ons' types who are used to touring - it will save you from researching where to stay and eat. But for the rest of us recreational types this information can be found easily on the internet, which leaves us with not much else than a heavy listings magazine, a £10 hole in the pocket and an "it's over there guvnor" idea of where to go and what to expect.
Basically, as a recreational rider (with some experience) I do not feel this book will help me get across the route it attempts to describe.