About the book
Jack Thurston, best-selling author of Lost Lanes and presenter of the Bike Show, takes you on a freewheeling tour of the lost lanes and forgotten byways of Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
- Escape to ancient trackways of Wessex’s chalk downs, passing the prehistoric remains of Avebury, Silbury Hill and Stonehenge.
- Ride traffic free paths along the River Dart, River Camel and River Exe stopping for river swims and picnics in sun-dappled woodlands.
- Climb to the windswept heights of Dartmoor and Exmoor and descend beneath the towering crags of Cheddar Gorge.
- Discover car-free routes through the grand estates of Longleat, Stourhead, Lanhydrock and Ashton Court.
Including beautiful photography, this is the perfect gift for the armchair traveller and cycling adventurer. Rides graded from easy to challenging, with best pubs and tea stops, wild swims, finest viewpoints and accommodation too.
The book contains 36 specially selected rides, including the best for:
- Weekends Away
- Wild Camping
- Ups and Downs
- Natural Wonders
- Arts and Culture
- Wild Swimming
With downloadable directions and maps and GPX, each route is graded from easy to challenging, and includes the best pubs and tea stops and stunning viewpoints – as well as overnight stops, from B&Bs to camping under the stars.
Jack Thurston has spent most of his life exploring the British countryside by bike. As presenter of The Bike Show on Resonance FM, he has brought his affable, infectious velophilia to London’s airwaves, attracting an enthusiastic worldwide audience via the popular podcast edition – now celebrating its one millionth download. His articles about cycling have appeared in the The Guardian, Cycling Plus, the The Sunday Times and Cycle.
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