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Cycle Touring in the UK

Cycling is an increasingly popular activity in the UK, and it is also a great way to see the country.

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Cycling the The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland: 6 Cycle Tours Along Ireland's West Coast

By Tom Cooper

Cicerone Press Limited
Released: 2018-09-30
Paperback (224 pages)

Cycling the The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland: 6 Cycle Tours Along Ireland s West Coast
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Boasting deserted beaches, towering sea-cliffs and tiny harbours - not to mention rich cultural and historical interest - the west of Ireland has much to entice the visitor, and with many miles of quiet roads, it's a cyclist's paradise. The Wild Atlantic Way is a driving route along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard, covering over 2,350km of coastline and showcasing the region's breathtaking landscapes. This guide adapts the route for cyclists - and throws in a couple of other highlights (such as the Aran Islands and Killarney) for good measure.

Since relatively few people are likely to have seven weeks to spare for a full Wild Atlantic Way tour, the book presents six self-contained cycle tours, each offering 7-10 days of riding. For the full Wild Atlantic Way experience, these distinct routes can be linked together into a 44-stage trip from Derry/Londonderry to Cork. Each route includes detailed advice on accommodation and facilities, plus optional detours and shortcuts and points of interest. The routes themselves are presented as 'route cards': ideal for use with a cycle computer, these pages provide 'at a glance' information for when you're on the road, covering navigation, facilities and local highlights.

The guide covers all the practicalities - including transport, equipment and general tips on cycling in Ireland - and also offers background information on geology, plants and wildlife, history and culture to enhance your journey. The result is an ideal companion to discovering western Ireland, where magnificent scenery, a vibrant music scene and a warm Irish welcome await the turn of your pedals.

Bike Britain: Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats

By Paul Salter

Epic Guides
Paperback (159 pages)

Bike Britain: Cycling from Land s End to John O Groats
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Biking Britain end to end - one day at a time and at your own page - is within the reach of most reasonably fit cyclists, and an unforgetable experience! This book tells you how to do it, as Britain is the perfect place to explore by bike - a compact island with a vast network of quiet roads linking charming villages and historic sites. The book is divided into two innovative sections:

Part I

* details for cyclists coming from overseas

* when to tour

* specifics of cycle touring in Britain

* background information for beginner bicycle tourers

Part II: The Journey

* split into 21 stages laid out in an innovative 4-page format

* photos, maps, an elevation profile and route descriptions

* details on intermediate stops, so stages can be tailored to ability levels

* listings for campgrounds, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and hotels, information centers and bike shops

* photos from each 25 miles along the route for an idea of the countryside and road conditions

* history of places along the tour

This is a great ride for cyclists seeking their first extended ride, or for experienced tourers looking for interesting alternatives. It's also a great read for armchair cyclists.

Cycling the Canals of Britain: or The Adventures of a Solitary Cyclist: West Midlands

By Jennifer Petkus

Mallard Travel
Released: 2017-11-22
Kindle Edition

Cycling the Canals of Britain: or The Adventures of a Solitary Cyclist: West Midlands
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A woman of an uncertain age, bruised by the U.S. election, escapes to the West Midlands of England, and rides the Worcester & Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon canals. Eleven days, 200 miles, three cities, little ice, alone. Sheer hell … with scones.

This book is neither a practical travel guide to the Midlands nor a deeply personal and inspirational story. What it does have includes: embarrassing senior moments; worries about health care; grassroots volunteers who saved the canals; where to find a balti in Birmingham; Shakespeare’s curse; gratuitous displays of vocabulary; far too many restrooms; black market organ brokering; murder; bleeding thumbs; how canal locks work; the Reformation; jumping fish; and vicious swan attacks. The book is illustrated with maps of the canals, cities and the region. All color photographs. Includes information about the Tardebigge flight of 30 locks, Worcester Cathedral, Shakespeare's Birthplace and the proper way to clear a propeller from weeds. You will never need to read another book about an American woman riding a bike alone on an English canal—until my next book on the subject.

From the author of Narrowboating for Beginners: What Americans need to know when considering a narrowboat vacation in the UK.


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