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Great Britain Mountain Biking

The best trail riding in England, Scotland and Wales

Paperback (368pp)
  • Paperback £25.00
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Great Britain Mountain Biking is a comprehensive area-by-area guide to the best of British mountain biking.

Authors Tom Fenton and Andy McCandlish have compiled everything you need to know about the best places to ride mountain bikes in England, Scotland and Wales - the ideal companion for planning weekends away.

Ride hidden singletrack in the Peak District, cross remote passes in the Lake District, reach mountain summits in the Highlands, explore open moorland on Dartmoor, cruise chalk trails on the South Downs and plan trips to those parts of the country where you've always wanted to ride.

The book is split into four sections – Southern England, Northern England, Wales and Scotland. Within each area is a detailed introduction, advice on what kind of riding to expect and when to go. Each area includes at least one featured route – 56 in total – complete with introduction, information box, route directions and Ordnance Survey map, together with suggestions for further rides (around 200 rides in total!), with abbreviated directions to allow you to plan your adventures. There’s also a detailed information panel with accommodation details, bike shops, trail centres and more. The book is illustrated with stunning photography throughout.

Tom Fenton has been riding mountain bikes for 15 years, all over the UK and around Europe. As author of Mountain Biking Trail Centres – The Guide, Tom rode every waymarked, man-made MTB trail in the UK. He is also the author of Cotswolds Mountain Biking, Cycling in the Peak District and has edited several of Vertebrate Publishing’s bestselling mountain biking titles, including Lake District Mountain Biking.

Andy McCandlish is one of the UK’s top mountain biking photojournalists, and an expert on Scottish mountain biking. His articles and photography feature regularly in the cycling press, including MBR magazine, What MTB and more. He is the co-author of Bike Scotland Trails Guide, published by Pocket Mountains, and he has contributed photography to Vertebrate Publishing’s two Scotland Mountain Biking guidebooks.

  • Title: Great Britain Mountain Biking
  • Sub-title: The best trail riding in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Author: Tom Fenton and Andy McCandlish
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-906148-51-5
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 31 March 2014
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 210mm x 148mm
  • Extent: 368 pages, full colour throughout with Ordnance Survey mapping
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Weight: 660g
  • Retail price: £25

'A comprehensive, extensively researched, detailed, well written and illustrated guide to some of the best mountain biking in the country. As a motivational tool this book is a massive encouragement for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities to simply 'get out there and ride' in fact wherever you live in the country there's enough ride information and ideas to keep you occupied for a considerable length of time!  Chapeau must go to authors for the considerable time and effort involved it must have taken in putting this book together - I'm sure they had a lot of fun doing it though!' Adrian Boyes,

'It’s a permanent fixture in the glove box, alongside a packet of barley sugar travel sweets. 'This is a really well put together book that works as well on the coffee table as it does in the glove box of the car, and is a really useful tool for those of you looking to put together something more than a regular trail centre loop, or for those who like to try new areas of the country.'
Tom Laws,

'This book portrays in facts, figures and sheer enthusiasm the incredible wealth of mountain biking that’s contained within these small islands of ours. From the Isle of Wight to the Outer Hebrides the book’s authors appear to have ridden every bit of wild country in the land, and there are some really adventurous itineraries to whet the appetite of the most intrepid.
'Within the pages of the book you’ll find hundreds of kilometres of singletrack, high remote passes, footpaths and trails and even mountain summits – there doesn’t appear to be any kind of terrain where these guys won’t ride a bike.
'And to top it off some of the most stunning mountain biking photographs I’ve seen anywhere.
'This is a book every mountain biker in the land should own.'

Cameron McNeish,

'This mighty tome is an attempt to encapsulate all that the UK has to offer, the best of the epics, quick blasts and full day adventures. It’s a tall order but in typical Vertebrate style, they’ve carried it off in some style.
'It’s a feast for the eyes, covers more riding than most of us will manage in a couple of lifetimes and has me itching to pack the bike in the car and head off to pastures new. A must for the adventurous mountain biker.'

John Horscroft,

'As an experienced mountain biker who is always looking for the next trail I've come to rely on Vertebrate's guides over the years to offer insight into new areas to explore. I quite often take groups of other riders out ranging from newbies to experienced trail riders and these books are always my first port of call.
'This guide is no exception with it's stunning photography and detailed descriptions coupled with clear Ordnance Survey mapping is the perfect companion on any ride.
'As I'm a graphic designer by trade I am super-critical of the design and layout of any books that I buy but again, as the 'Vertebrate team focus a lot of their time and effort in this area I think that it really sets them above any other in this area, too.
'If you like mountain biking or are thinking of giving it a go then buy this guide, you will not be disappointed.'

S.M. Perry, Amazon reviewer

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