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Peak District Mountain Biking

Dark Peak Trails

Paperback (212pp)
  • Paperback £15.95
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A proportion of the sales of this guidebook are paid to local trail advocacy group Ride Sheffield. Find out more.

Peak District Mountain Biking – Dark Peak Trails is the full second edition of the groundbreaking mountain bike guidebook Dark Peak Mountain Biking – True Grit Trails, described by leading mountain biking website as 'far and away the best Peak guide we’ve come across.'

All route information has been thoroughly checked for this new edition, to give the most up-to-date and comprehensive guidebook to some of the finest and most popular riding in the country. As with all new Vertebrate MTB guidebooks, this new edition features industry-standard Ordnance Survey mapping, and is illustrated with stunning action photography.

Featured within the book are 26 of the best mountain bike rides in the Dark Peak, between 11.5 and 105 (!) kilometres in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. Researched, ridden and written by a local rider, each route features easy-to-follow directions; details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings; refreshment stops and local knowledge; and clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps. A Bonus Section includes Top Ten Climbs, Downhills and Singletracks, Sheffield City Links and a detailed Appendix.

Jon Barton lives in Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District, with his wife, young son and novelty show dog. Having ridden and climbed in the area for almost 20 years his knowledge of the Peak, and particularly the Hope Valley, is enviable. After the shackles of fame that came with authoring the original Dark Peak Mountain Biking guidebook, Jon had to improve his MTB skills somewhat. Now proficient at singletrack, and merely nervous of descents, his ambition still remains to clean the notorious climb up Gores Heights (Lockerbrook). Catch him there most weekends for book signings. Don’t be put off by the blue language, or his disproportionately large calves, he’s really approachable and surprisingly down to earth.

  • Title: Peak District Mountain Biking
  • Sub-title: Dark Peak Trails
  • Author: Jon Barton
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-906148-18-8
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication date: 01 April 2010 (Reprinted with updates and amendments in July 2016)
  • Edition: Second
  • Size: 175mm x 120mm
  • Extent: 212 pages, full colour throughout with Ordnance Survey mapping
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Weight: 295g
  • Retail price: £15.95

'New and refreshed routes, full Ordnance Survey mapping, and all-new photography shot exclusively for the book make it the ideal inspiration for discovering the area.'
What Mountain Bike Magazine

'Clear, concise, great photography – what more do you need?'
Henry Norman,

'All the classics are present and correct, and there's a good section on A-to-B rides using a train return.'


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