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The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales

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The Good MTB Guide

Best SellerSecond Edition

This is the second edition of the definitive and bestselling guide to great mountain biking throughout England and Wales. With new clearer maps, updated content and the addition of the latest mountain bike centres.  A 640 page book packed full of information on where to mountain bike throughout England & Wales - never be stuck for ideas on where to go riding again!

  • 400 NATURAL AREAS
    Detailed mountain bike specific maps that show at a glance the size of the area, the layout of trails and steepness of the terrain.
  • Introduction to each of the regions and sub regions, explaining highlights and type of riding to expect.
  • Refreshments (cafes & pubs) marked on the maps, plus telephone contact info.
  • Information about drive times, train lines & stations.
  • Where to park - including Sat Nav post codes where available, plus grid references.
  • Local bike shops and bike hire where available.
  • Route ideas that you can use to plan your days out.
  • Also web addresses to lead you to free routes on the web
  • Recommendations for the best guide books specific to each region and maps for detailed navigation

  • 100 TRAIL CENTRES
    Location map plus parking post code / grid reference
    Summary of trails and facilities

See below for more details

Book Details:
Book Size: 21.7 x 3.2 x 14.6 cm
ISBN 10: 95591910X / ISBN 13: 978-0955919107
640 pages. Publisher: Active Maps; 2nd edition edition (4 May 2018)

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CTC"The guide’s breadth of coverage is unique, and earns it a place on any mountain biker’s bookshelf".

 

Singletrack"It’s a great book for planning trips, and looking at the area were based in (Calderdale) it seems pretty spot on in it’s descriptions – It’s not a blow by blow 'turn left at crooked gate' type guide book, more of an overview of an area with a host of useful information in terms of parking, eating, public transport and how to get there, even bike shops if you snap something.

It has suggested routes but also further reading if your looking for more in depth route guides.

It’s the kind of thing we imagine would be great to pour over for planning trips, or in your dashboard pocket when you’re looking for that parking space or bike shop."

 

BikeRadar"The Good Mountain Biking Guide is a solid attempt to pull together the best trails from around the country using the vast public rights of way network. It also identifies the main trail centres.

It covers England and Wales and is quite a tome at some 637 pages. It's packed with bespoke maps identifying the trails at varying scales, usually around 1:75,000. Farm track type trails are identified as opposed to other (likely trickier or rougher) trails, which is extremely handy, though it would have been nice to get more than just the occasional comment on the exact condition of the surface and surroundings. Pubs, cafes and parking are also there. The index of 3,000 place names is handy too.

All the usual contenders for mountain biking areas are there, including the Peaks and the Lakes, but there are also many exciting sounding areas you might not have thought of exploring: the Isle of Man, Cheviots, Shropshire Hills or the Quantocks anyone?"

Sample page

The Mountain Biking Areas in the Book

Click on a marker for information.


NORTH

The Lake District

Ambleside (east)
Ambleside (west)
Blawith
Coniston (north)
Coniston (south)
Dalston
Eskdale Green
Glenridding
Grizedale
Grizedale Forest Park
Hawkshead
Kendal (east)
Kendal (north)
Keswick (north)
Keswick (south)
Loweswater / Buttermere
Newby Bridge
Patterdale
Pooley Bridge
Seathwaite
Silecroft
Staveley (north)
Staveley (south)
Threlkeld
Whinlatter Forest Park
Whitbarrow

Northumberland National Park & The Cheviots

Alwinton
Barrowburn
Ford
Ingram
Kielder Dam
Kielder Forest (Trail Centre)
Kirknewton
Wooler

North Pennines &
Central Northumberland

Allendale Town
Allenheads
Blanchland / Edmundbuyers
Bowes
Castle Carrock
Castleside
Chopwell Wood
Consett
Cow Green Reservoir
Descend Bike Park
Esh Winning
Garrigill
Hamsterley Forest
Haydon Bridge
Langley Park
Nenthead
Romaldkirk / Middleton in Teesdale
St John’s Chapel

Yorkshire Dales & Forest of Bowland

Appletreewick
Askrigg
Barningham
Blubberhouses
Bolton Abbey / Embsay
Castle Bolton
Clapham
Conistone
Dunsop Bridge (north)
Dunsop Bridge (south) / Chipping
Gisburn Forest
Grassington / Gargrave
Hawes (north)
Hawes (south)
Horton in Ribblesdale
Ingleton
Kettlewell
Kirby Hill
Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Malzeard
Kirkby Stephen
Lofthouse / Horsehouse
Malham
Marske
Masham
Muker
Pateley Bridge (north)
Pateley Bridge (south)
Reeth (north) / Langthwaite
Reeth (south)
Ribblehead (east)
Ribblehead (north)
Ribchester
Sedbergh (north) / Ravenstonedale
Sedbergh (south)
Settle
Stainburn
Stainforth
Swinsty & Timble Trails
Thoralby
Whalley
Wray / Slaidburn

North York Moors & The Wolds

Burniston
Church Houses / Westerdale
Clay Bank
Dalby Forest Trails
Danby (north) / Scaling Dam
Danby (south)
Dixons Hollow Bike Park
Everley
Goathland
Great Ayton
Great Givendale
Guisborough Forest Trails
Hawnby
Helmsley
Hole of Horcum
Holtby
Hutton-le-Hole
Huttons Ambo
Kirby Grindalyth
Nawton
North Grimston
Pickering
Ravenscar
Rosedale Abbey (north)
Rosedale Abbey (south)
Rudston
Sheriff Hutton
Sutton Bank
Swainby
Welburn
Wetwang

South Lancashire, West Yorkshire & Cheshire

Aberford
Billinge Wood Trails
Bingley
Colne
Cragg Quarry
Crompton Moor
Delamere Forest
Emley
Haworth
Healey Nab Trails
Hebden Bridge
Hollingworth Lake / Littleborough
Horsforth
Ilkley
Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Centre
Luddenden Foot
Marsden
Newmillerdam
National Cycle Centre
Northowram
Oxenhope
Pudsey
Ripponden / Mytholmroyd
Rivington
Saltaire
Shadwell / Collingham
South Kirkby
Tatton Park Estate
Temple Newsam
Tockholes
Todmorden
Waterfoot

Isle of Man

Ballaugh / Kirk Michael
Colby
Douglas
South Barrule
St John’s / Glen Maye

MIDLANDS & EASTERN

The Peak District

Ashbourne
Ashover
Bakewell
Bollington
Buxton
Carsington Water
Diggle
Digley Reservoir
Eyam
Glossop
Hartington / Waterhouses
Hathersage
Hayfield
Hayfield / Edale
Ladybower (north)
Ladybower (south) / Hope
Langley (Macclesfield Forest)
Langsett
Linacre (north)
Linacre (south)
Longnor
Middleton Top
Miller’s Dale
Oakamoor
Parkwood Springs
Parsley Hay
Penistone / Cawthorne
Ringinglow
Roman Lakes
Tintwistle
Wharncliffe Woods
Wincle

Shropshire Hills, Malverns & West Midlands

Alcester
Alfrick
Ashley Heath
Bishop’s Castle
Bringewood
Brocton
Cannock Chase
Chelmarsh
Church Stretton (east)
Church Stretton (west)
Cleehill
Clent
Clun
Eastridge Wood
Great Malvern
Hopton Wood
Kington
Kinver
Lowsonford
Ludlow
Much Wenlock
Ribbesford DH
Sandwell Valley Trails
Snailbeach
Wellesbourne
Wyre Forest

East Midlands

Blakesley
Braunston-in-Rutland
Clumber Park
Dale Abbey
Doveridge
Gunthorpe / Thurgarton
Hallaton
Hamilton Hill Freeride Park
Hickling
Hicks Lodge
Lowick
Maidwell
Melton Mowbray
Netherseal
Nettleton
Rutland Water
Salcey Forest
Sherwood Pines
Silverstone
South Wingfield
Sprotbrough
Stathern
Teversal
Ticknall
Tilton on the Hill
Zouch

Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire

Fulbourn
Rendlesham Forest/
Tunstall Forest
Royston
Thetford Forest

SOUTH EAST

The Chilterns & North Home Counties

Aldbury
Aston Hill
Chicksands
Chicksands Bike Park
Chinnor
Epping Forest
Great Offley
Hadleigh Park
Hainault Forest Park
Henley-on-Thames
Ibstone
Letty Green
Princes Risborough
Stoke Row
Tring
Watlington (east)
Watlington (south)
Watton at Stone
Woburn Bike Park & Aspley Woods

The Ridgeway & Hampshire Downs

Aldbourne
Avebury
Collingbourne Kingston
East Ilsley
Hurstbourne Tarrant
Kingsclere
Lambourn
Ogbourne St George
Streatley

North Downs & Surrey Hills

Aylesford
Betteshanger Park
Blean
Charing (north)
Charing (west)
Chilham
Godalming
Godstone
Hamstreet
Hythe
Ide Hill
Ightham
Leith Hill
Lyminge
Puttenham
Reigate Hill
Rogate Forest DH
Shalford / Shere
Shalmsford Street
Shere (north)
Shere (south)
Swinley Forest
The Hurtwood Estate
Trottiscliffe

South Downs, South Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Alfriston (east)
Alfriston (west)
Alice Holt
Alton
Bedgebury
Bewl Water
Broughton
Cocking
Deers Leap Park
Ditchling Beacon
Dummer
East Meon
Findon
Friston Forest
Godshill (Isle of Wight)
Haslemere
Isle of Wight MTB Centre
Kingdom
King’s Somborne
Lewes
Midhurst
Netherfield
New Alresford
New Forest
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Queen Elizabeth Country Park Trails
Selborne
Shanklin (Isle of Wight)
Storrington
Tilgate Forest
Whiteways Lodge
Yarmouth (Isle of Wight)

SOUTH WEST

The Cotswolds & The Mendips

Ashton Court - Timberland Trail
Bath (north)
Bath (south)
Bibury
Birdlip
Bisley
Blockley
Broadway
Castle Combe
Charlbury (east)
Charlbury (west)
Cheddar
Chipping Campden
Croft Trails
Flyup 417
Forest of Dean
Kemerton
Leigh Woods
Nailsworth
Naunton
Snowshill
South Cerney
Winchcombe
Wotton-under-Edge

Salisbury Plain & Dorset

Abbotsbury
Bere Regis
Bishopstone
Blandford Forum
Bridport
Cerne Abbas
Charminster
Charmouth
Compton Abbas
Corfe Castle (east)
Corfe Castle (west)
Cranborne
Dorchester
Enford
Melbury Osmond
Mere
Milton Abbas
Moors Valley Country Park
Okeford Hill Bike Park
Osmington
Puddletown
Puddletown Woods
Salisbury
Stourpaine
Tarrant Keyneston
Urchfont
Verwood
Watchmoor Bike Park
West Bay (east)
West Bay (west)
Wilton
Wylye

Exmoor & The Quantocks

Barnstaple
Carhampton
Hawkridge Reservoir
Holford
Horner
Lynton
Minehead
Monksilver
Pittcombe Head
Porlock Weir
West Quantoxhead
Wimbleball Lake
Winsford (east)
Winsford (south) / Dulverton
Withypool

Dartmoor &
Cornwall

Drewsteignton
Haldon Forest Park
Lustleigh
Lydford
Gawton Gravity Hub
Okehampton (south)
Okehampton (west)
Poldice Valley Trails
Portreath
Postbridge (east)
Postbridge (south)
Princetown (east)
Princetown (south)
Shaldon
Sidmouth
South Brent
Stoke Woods
Tavi Woodlands
The Track
Woodbury

WALES

Snowdonia, Clwyds and North Wales

Alwen Reservoir
Antur Stiniog
Beddgelert Forest
Betws-y-Coed / Dolwyddelan
Capel Curig
Cilcain
Coed Llyn y Garnedd
Coed y Brenin
Conwy
Foel Gasnach
Glyn Ceiriog
Lake Vyrnwy
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog
Llanberis
Llandegla
Llandrillo (east) / Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant
Llandrillo (north)
Llandrillo (south)
Llangollen
Llyn Brenig
Gwydyr Mawr (Marin)
Moelfre
Nant Gwrtheyrn
Penmachno
Revolution Bike Park
Ruthin
Tal-y-bont / Barmouth (north)

Mid Wales

Aberedw / Hundred House
Abergynolwyn
Barmouth (south)
Caersws
Cli-machx
Coed Trallwm
Crychan Forest
Cwm Rhaeadr
Dylife
Elan
Gladestry
Llangurig
Llanwrtyd Wells
Llyn Brianne
Machynlleth
Nant-y-Moch Reservoir
Nant yr Arian
New Radnor
Newtown
Rhayader

Brecon Beacons & South Wales

Aberdare
Aberdulais
Abersychan
Afan Forest Park Centre
Bike Park Wales
Blackmill
Brechfa
Coed Taf Fawr
Crickhowell
Cross Keys
Cwmcarn
Cwm Darran
Darren Fawr
Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre
Govilon
Llangors
Margham Park
Rheola
Rhossili
Rosebush
Sennybridge
Talgarth (north)
Talgarth (south)
Talybont-on-Usk (south)
Talybont-on-Usk (west)
Tongwynlais
Usk
Wentwood Downhill
Wyesham
Ystradfellte

 




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