Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland

25 of the best long-distance road cycling, gravel and mountain biking routes

Author: Kathy Rogers Markus Stitz

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Paperback publication date: 01 Jul 2021

Paperback ISBN: 9781839810725

‘Big Rides is a paperback portfolio of beautiful routes all over the UK, curated and edited in a comprehensive and very coherent manner … This book presents every route in meticulous detail.’ – Tim Wiggins, Life in the Saddle

Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland features twenty-five long-distance cycling trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, and includes a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography.

Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland is an inspirational guide to the most iconic, epic and popular long-distance cycle trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, including two excursions from mainland Britain to Northern France.

The twenty-five featured routes showcase the best of Britain on two wheels. For those who prefer to pedal on-road, the routes take you along the historic Way of the Roses trail through Lancaster and York, as well as across Scotland’s Atlantic perimeter on the Hebridean Way. The trails head off-road to Northern England’s hills on the Sea to Sea (C2C) and past iconic monuments in Southern England on King Alfred’s Way.

Mountain bike enthusiasts will find plenty to challenge them in the Sarn Helen and through the Scottish Highlands on the renowned Highland Trail 550. The routes then head offshore, to Ireland’s coast on the Wild Atlantic Way and from Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to Normandy’s alabaster cliffs on the Tour de Manche.

Vertebrate Publishing’s Big Rides books are designed to inspire big adventures. Rather than being carried along the route, this guide provides everything you need to plan and explore further, including a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography. As well as this, each route specifies approximate timings which allows for you to plan your adventure at your own pace.

Whether you’re completing routes at a leisurely speed or racing towards the finish, let Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland be your guide.

Kathy Rogers is a guidebook researcher at Vertebrate Publishing. She researches and writes content for books and guidemaps about long-distance trails, such as the Tour du Mont Blanc and Hadrian’s Wall Path. She is an enthusiastic, if unaccomplished, walker, fellrunner and cyclist and when not at her desk, is usually found knee-deep in a bog in the Peak District.

Markus Stitz is a German-born filmmaker, photographer and writer based in Edinburgh. After cycling 34,000 km around the world on a singlespeed bike, he founded Bikepacking Scotland and has worked extensively across Scotland, designing gravel and bikepacking routes. He has co-operated with private and public sector organisations to create immersive films about the Cateran Ecomuseum, the John Muir Way, the Highland Perthshire Gravel Trails, the Wild About Argyll Trail, Go East Lothian Trail and others, which have been watched by audiences worldwide. He is an ultra-endurance racer, with succesful finishes of the Highland Trail 550, Silk Road Mountain Race and Atlas Mountain Race, all completed in the course of less than a year. Markus writes for a wide variety of magazines and online publications including Singletrack, Cycling UK, Cranked, Cyclingtips and Yellow Jersey. More information can be found at bikepackingscotland.com and markusstitz.com.

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