A guidebook of 24 short, medium, long and full-day mountain bike routes in the Lake District. The Lakes offer some of the best MTB riding in the UK. The graded circular rides are arranged by difficulty, from Kendal to Cleator Moor in the far north-west and Keswick to Winster in the Lyth Valley. The Lake District has plentiful and varied trails, and the routes described in this guide offer spectacular views of the famous lakes and great memories time and time again. Choose a route by grade, percentage off-road, length or time at a glance. All routes have clear directions and tips on what to look out for on the way with numbers linking text, OS map extracts and profiles together to show you quickly where you are and where to go next.
This guide features 26 mountain bike rides in the Lake District, between 12km and 60km in length, suitable for various levels of mountain bikers. The book features industry-standard Ordnance Survey mapping, and is illustrated with action photography. It helps you to explore rides around Walna Scar, High Street and Borrowdale.
Guidebook to walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District. 60 circular day walks, ranging from 2 to 10 miles (4 to 14km), offer something for walkers of all abilities. The walks start from bases all over the area including Glossop, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Ripley, Ashbourne and Derby. The routes are illustrated with OS map extracts and accompanied with the author's own photographs, as well as including plenty of practical information on getting to and around Derbyshire and the routes. Historic sites including Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Eyam, Chatsworth House (the fictional Pemberley), New Mills, Cromford, Goyt Valley and Dovedale are also explored, as are Bronze and Iron Age forts, medieval castles and ruined Abbeys. Walking routes pass remnants of ancient civilisations, fine market towns and villages, caverns, castles, country houses and parklands, historic spa resorts and industrial heritage sites, and the book is full of background information detailing the local history.
A guidebook of 30 short, medium, long and full-day mountain bike routes across the Yorkshire Dales. The graded circular rides visit all the major dales and include loops around two of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks - Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. Routes are graded for difficulty and this guidebook gives all the necessary background information. Choose a route by grade, percentage off-road, length or time at a glance. Old Roman roads and other ancient byways once used for lead mining and livestock droving are now perfect terrain for mountain bikes. Fast-rolling lanes can be combined with rocky drops down steep gullies and sinuous tracks meandering high over deserted moorland. Mountain bikers of all abilities will find their own challenges here and some surprises for novices and experienced riders alike.
To the impartial observer Britain does not appear to have any mountains. Yet the British invented the sport of mountain climbing and for two periods in history British climbers led the world in the pursuit of this beautiful and dangerous obsession. Unjustifiable Risk is the story of the social, economic and cultural conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of the scientists and poets, parsons and anarchists, villains and judges, ascetics and drunks that have shaped its development over the past two hundred years. The history of climbing inevitably reflects the wider changes that have occurred in British society, including class, gender, nationalism and war, but the sport has also contributed to changing social attitudes to nature and beauty, heroism and death. Over the years, increasing wealth, leisure and mobility have gradually transformed climbing from an activity undertaken by an eccentric and privileged minority into a sub-division of the leisure and tourist industry, while competition, improved technology and information, and increasing specialisation have helped to create climbs of unimaginable difficulty at the leading edge of the sport. But while much has changed, even more has remained the same. Today's climbers would be instantly recognisable to their Victorian predecessors, with their desire to escape from the crowded complexity of urban society and willingness to take "unjustifiable" risk in pursuit of beauty, adventure and self-fulfilment. Unjustifiable Risk was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2011.
Off-road trails & Quiet Lanes - Cycling in the Lakes & Dales is a guidebook for the leisure cyclist, the family rider and the enthusiastic mountain biker. It is for the cyclist who values fun, views and lunch stops over grimaces, effort and aching legs. It is ideal for those wanting to use cycling to get fit. It is a book of enjoyable bike rides. Twenty cycle routes, from 5 to 23km in length, explore the best traffic-free lanes and off-road trails of two of Britain's most cycle-friendly national parks. A number of routes stick entirely to quiet roads while others tackle rocky mountain bike trails as they explore hidden valleys and climb to stunning viewpoints. Never too long, too difficult or too remote, the rides are great fun and challenging for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Whether you are a keen rider or part of an enthusiastic family of cyclists, these rides are your route to exploring two of Britain's greatest national parks. Ridden and written by a local rider, these rides are clearly described using step-by-step instructions and feature original maps, route profiles and local area information.
Features a range of routes, from short easy routes to a 30-mile all-day adventure. This work includes some off-road routes. It also provides on-road alternatives for those who dont have mountain bikes.
Guidebook to walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path and Arran Coastal Way on the western coast of Scotland. The Ayrshire Coast Path is a 94-mile route from Glenapp in the south to Skelmorlie in the north. Also described is the Arran Coastal Way, which circumnavigates its way round that island for 60 miles taking in Brodick, Lochranza, Blackwaterfoot and Kildonan. In 11 day stages, the route is described over seven days on the Ayrshire Coast Path, and over four day walking around Arran. Featuring OS mapping, step-by-step route descriptions, as well as information on accommodation, public transport and history of the region, the guidebook details everything you need to walk these beautiful coastal routes.
Great Breaks Lake District is a concise, full-colour travel guide to this most romantic national park, with a selection of clearly laid-out walks and tours complemented by beautiful photography and a wealth of practical information, all in a compact package. Overview: the book starts by highlighting the Top Ten Things to Do, from taking a boat on gleaming lakes and tarns to exploring picturesque abbeys and stone circles. This is followed by an engaging introduction on culture and landscape, lifestyle and traditions, and an overview of where to find the best food and drink. Walks and Tours: this guide features 8 irresistible self-guided walks and tours that will take you on a journey through this poetic landscape of high green fells, clear waters and quaint villages that inspired the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. All are clearly timed and accompanied by easy-to-follow maps plus hand-picked places to eat, drink and shop en route. Special Features home in on what makes the Lake District unique: its prestigious literary heritage, local festivals and fascinating wildlife. Travel Tips: the final section of the book is packed with information on active pursuits, themed holidays and transport, as well as specially selected accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from chic boutique hotels to family-friendly B&Bs.