Cycling Books

Our cycling books include autobiographies, biographies and manuals. They're perfect for anyone who wants to read about the legends of the sport or learn about bike maintenance.

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    Le Tour de France (Hardback)

    Serge Laget

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    One of the world's favourite sporting events, Le Tour de France finds cyclists competing in a huge test of skill, passion and endurance.

    This authoritative hardback looks over the event in great detail and contains over 300 photographs from its history - including some from the 19th century.

    Fully up to date with analysis of the 2017 tour (which found Chris Froome joining an elite club of four-time and three-in-a-row winners) alongside all the memorable moments from yesteryear, this beautiful book contains action shots of the most famous stars of the saddle and archive images of brochures, newspaper clippings, posters and postcards.
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    How to Ride a Bike (Hardback)

    Sir Chris Hoy

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    Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy explains how to make the most of cycling - whatever your age, experience or ability may be.

    Alongside anecdotes from his glittering career, Chris offers practical advice on strength conditioning, training plans, strengthening weaker areas and taking care of your bike.

    This handy book also covers cycling skills and safety, riding on different terrains and offers advice on diet, weight loss and the psychology of cycling.
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  • LNCC

    The London Cycling Guide (Paperback)

    Tom Bogdanowicz

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    With over 40 routes chosen by the capital's cycling experts, this book will show you the best ways of exploring London by bike.

    The comprehensive guide is packed with practical advice and detailed route maps and even offers tips on using London's self-service public bike-sharing scheme (or 'Boris bikes', as they used to be known...).

    Fully up to date, this book has full-colour photographs to capture the beauty of each ride. From the banks of the Thames to Camden and Soho and lots of landmarks, this book will help you discover them all on two wheels.
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  • BWJCA

    The Tour According to G (Paperback)

    Geraint Thomas

    The inspirational inside story from the 2018 Tour de France and Sports Personality of the Year winner "This year G was the strongest rider, and he finally had Lady Luck on his side. An unstoppable combination" Chris Froome "I understood what Geraint's win meant: for him, for me, for the team, and for Wales, too" Dave Brailsford "Wow!" Arsene Wenger For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his team-mates. In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular fashion - from the cobbles of the north and the iconic mountain climbs of the Alps to the brutal slopes of the Pyrenees and, finally, the Champs-Elysees in Paris. As a boy, G had run home from school on summer afternoons to watch the Tour on television. This July, across twenty-one stages and three weeks, and under constant attack from his rivals, he made the race his own. With insight from the key characters around Geraint, this is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heart-warming tales in sport. Not only can nice guys come first - they can win the biggest prize of all.
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    The Call of the Road (Paperback)

    Chris Sidwells

    Eddy Merckx. Fausto Coppi. Jacques Anquetil. Bernard Hinault. Beryl Burton. Marianne Vos. A sole cyclist battling over a pass high in the mountains is one of the most romantic of sporting images. In the past 150 years road cycling has been dominated by a series of iconic people who have redefined endurance and fortitude. Every decade has pushed human limits, until limits were extended by inhuman pharmacology. And these battles have not been fought over just one race, but an annual series beginning with the Spring Classics and then culminating in the three great tours - the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta d'Espagne and the Tour de France - before the cyclists retire to lick their wounds and start on another winter of training. The Call of the Road is the definitive story of cycle road racing, from the first race in 1868 to the present day. It is a story that has never been told as the professionals experience it - as a whole energy-sapping year. It looks at the beginning and development of the sport, it explains the tactics and looks at the different physical types that succeed. It explains why some nations have dominated this sport and why, until recently, British riders have underperformed. It also looks at the way the great races were founded and developed, and how the great riders stamped their authority on them through the ages. Sidwells doesn't shy away from controversy: dissecting the vexed and seemingly ever-present question of doping. The final chapter brings the story of road racing completely up to date with insight into jiffy bags and salbutamol levels. Truly international in scope, looking at road racing in North and Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia, as well as continental Europe, The Call of the Road is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the history, tactics or personalities of cycle road racing.
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    Cycling's Strangest Tales (Paperback)

    Iain Spragg

    Extraordinary but true stories from 200 years of cycling history. Part of the bestselling Strangest series, Cycling's Strangest Tales is a quirky and fascinating collection of stories from cycling's history. Included are stories of Thomas Stevens, the doughty Englishman who circumnavigated the world on a penny farthing, the 1904 Tour de France winner who was disqualified for catching the train, the 1937 Japanese invasion of China spearheaded by 50,000 bicycle-mounted troops, and the man who soared over nine circus elephants on an ordinary yellow bike. The stories come from every corner of the cycling world, whether it's the open road, the velodrome or the BMX track. Brought bang up to date for 2017 with a selection of new stories, Cycling's Strangest Tales is the perfect gift for anyone who's in love with life on two wheels. Word count: 45,000
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  • BYNQF

    The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive (Hardback)

    Mark Hudson

    Founded in 1955, the Rough-Stuff Fellowship is the world's oldest off-road cycling club. Its archive contains thousands of stunning images, hand-drawn maps and documents - an unexpected treasure trove of incredible value and beauty that is now being brought to a wider public by Isola Press. The photos are evocative of a bygone age and a bygone style - a time when you might set off on a bike ride wearing a shirt and tie or a bobble hat, and no ride was complete without a stop to brew up some tea and smoke a pipe. They are also a record of intrepid adventures. RSF riders explored the Lake District, the Cairngorms, the Alps and further afield, and their exploits were beautifully documented by amateur and professional photographers. In their own very British way, these men and women were pioneers, pedalling and carrying their bikes where angels feared to tread. Mountain bikes, gravel bikes, adventure bikes all owe them a debt. This book celebrates their style and their spirit. It is a stunning visual resource of cycling heritage that will inspire new adventures.
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  • BYIJV

    The Official Encyclopedia of the Yellow Jersey (Hardback)

    Hamlyn

    On the occasion of the 2019 Tour de France Yellow Jersey's centenary, comes The Official Encyclopedia of the Maillot Jaune. Divided into four major parts, this book covers the incredible stories of every Yellow Jersey winner, the Kings of the Kings - the five times winners of the Tour, the Yellow Jersey's adaptations in books, film and art, and the wearers and statistics per day, duration, country and more! This encyclopedia is the must-have for all the Tour's lovers! Features: - Official statistics established by L'Equipe (the no.1 French sports newspaper) and used by the Tour de France - 30-page frieze with photographs and biographies of all the successive Yellow Jersey's wearers, from Eugene Christophe, the first wearer, to Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France and Yellow Jersey winner - Exclusive, never-revealed interview of Eugene Christophe from the Tour de France archives - Extra chapter on the British reign since 2012, with Wiggins, Froome and Thomas
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    Magic Spanner (Paperback)

    Carlton Kirby

    In Magic Spanner, TV's `Mr Cycling', Carlton Kirby, gives us an expert, behind-the-scenes view - one that the average fan rarely gets to see or hear about - to reveal what it's really like on the world's greatest races including the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Giro d'Italia and the classics. Written with a candid and amusing authority that comes from over 25 years of commentary with Eurosport, Carlton tells us how it really is. It's an insider's view delivered in the inimitable, humorous and at times outspoken style for which he has become globally famous. Peppered with hilarious anecdotes of life on the road with Tour legend Sean Kelly, he indulges in some soap-box moments to lambast his various bugbears, from crazy spectators in mankinis and lazy Italian monks to the more serious issues of rider safety, team strategies and questionable ethics. With his mix of expert opinion and trademark wit, Carlton covers the funny, the serious, the heartbreaking and the more bizarre moments of professional cycling.
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    Full Gas (Paperback)

    Peter Cossins

    Riding as fast as you could for as long as you could was the main tactic in the early days of road racing when Grand Tours could be won by hours. Now a minute's delay thanks to a puncture could ruin a rider's chances over a three-week race and the sport is described as nothing less than chess on wheels. The intricacies and complexities of cycling are what makes it so appealing: an eye for opportunity and a quick mind are just as crucial to success as a 'big engine' or good form. So how do you win a bike race? How do you cope with crosswinds, cobbles, elbows-out sprints, weaving your way through a teeming peloton? Why are steady nerves one of the best weapons in a rider's arsenal and breakaway artists to be revered? Where do you see the finest showcase of tactical brilliance? Peter Cossins takes us on to the team buses to hear pro cyclists and directeurs sportifs explain their tactics: when it went right, when they got it wrong - from sprinting to summits, from breakaways to bluffing. Hectic, thrilling, but sometimes impenetrable - watching a bike race can baffle as much as entertain. Full Gas is the essential guide to make sense of all things peloton.
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    One Way Ticket (Hardback)

    Jonathan Vaughters

    ONE WAY TICKET is the story of a man and modern cycling. Jonathan Vaughters is one of the leading figures in world cycling, a record-breaking mountain climber, Tour de France stage winner and former teammate to Lance Armstrong. He is now manager and influential figurehead of the renowned Education First World Tour team. In ONE-WAY TICKET: Nine Lives and Two Wheels he describes a journey from driven teenage prodigy, travelling to races in the back of his Dad's station wagon, to an obsessive determination to make it big in European racing - whatever the cost. He tells the story of his transformation from poacher to gamekeeper, detailing his painful decision to finally come clean about his own descent into doping - and to persuade others to do likewise - by providing more than enough shocking testimony to USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) to explode the Armstrong myth. Working in collaboration with Jeremy Whittle, former cycling correspondent to The Times, now writing for The Guardian, Vaughters reveals the ease with which, his illusions shattered, he walked away from European racing. He documents his own suffering in races, the trials of establishing a team and mentoring young riders, and the dizzying highs of success in races such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Paris-Roubaix. Vaughters' long and winding road mirrors that of cycling itself, as this compelling but troubled sport still struggles, after years of scandal, to restore its credibility. Along the way, he shares his unique experience to lift the lid on a world he has both loathed and loved, detailing the fights and fall-outs with cycling's leading figures, including Lance Armstrong, Pat McQuaid, Johan Bruyneel, Bradley Wiggins and Dave Brailsford.
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    Cycling Climbs of North-West England (Paperback)

    Simon Warren

    If you're looking for a true test on the bike, and relish having your legs pummelled by savage inclines, then head to North-West England. Featuring famous climbs such as Honister Pass in the Lake District and Great Dunn Fell in the Pennines, alongside lesser known yet equally arduous ascents like Gorsey Brow and Swiss Hill, the final book in the Cycling Climbs regional series saves the very best until last. From the almost impossible 30% slopes of Hardknott Pass to the gloriously long climb of the Cat and Fiddle, one thing is for certain - you'll need your strongest climbing legs. This regional extension of the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs is the eighth and final book in this series of UK regional cycling climb guides, the perfect gift for any avid cyclists!
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    Cycling the Camino de Santiago (Paperback)

    Mike Wells

    The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Way of St James) is among the world's most famous pilgrimages: Christian pilgrims have travelled to the shrine of St James in Santiago, northern Spain, since the ninth century. This guide provides all the information you need to successfully cycle the Camino. The Camino Frances is the most popular variant of the Camino, linking St Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French-Spanish border with Santiago via Pamplona, Burgos and Leon. The guide presents the journey in 18 stages. Two versions of the route are described, the first (770km) based closely on the walkers' route and suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes; the second (798km) a 'road route' for road and touring cycles. It can be cycled in around 10-14 days and is very well provisioned. Clear route description and mapping are accompanied by notes on local points of interest, as well as background information on Spanish history and the history of the Camino. The practicalities are also thoroughly covered, including travel to and from the route, accommodation, facilities, kit and how to qualify for and obtain your Compostela (pilgrims' certificate). Whether you're seeking a spiritual journey, a physical challenge or just a holiday, the Camino promises an unforgettable experience - from the beautiful landscapes, historic towns and rich culture of northern Spain to the famed camaraderie with other wayfarers. Blending information with inspiration, this guide is an ideal companion to cycling this UNESCO-listed route.
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    The Peak District Cycle Map 26 (Other)

    Sustrans

    This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers The Peak District National Park region in England, including Sheffield, Chesterfield, Buxton, Rotherham, Worksop and Macclesfield. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes and places of interest.
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    Strength and Conditioning for Cyclists (Paperback)

    Phil Burt

    Phil Burt and Martin Evans have worked with the world's best cyclists, including the Great Britain Cycling Team, devising and implementing highly effective off the bike training plans. Now, in Strength and Conditioning for Cyclists you can benefit from their wealth of knowledge and experience and apply it to make you a stronger, faster and more robust cyclist. Use the self-assessment, inspired by the Functional Movement Screening used by the Great Britain Cycling Team, to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Discover the mobility and strengthening movements that are most applicable to your needs, maximising effectiveness and avoiding wasted time. Learn how to devise your own personalised and progressive off the bike training plan, how to schedule it into your year and combine it most effectively with your cycling.
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    The Complete Bike Owners Manual (Hardback)

    DK

    This is the complete reference guide to bike servicing and repair, and an essential hardback bible for every cyclist's bookshelf. Incredible CGI illustrations show you every aspect of bike repair and maintenance more clearly than ever before, whether you're a mountain biker, cycling commuter, or road racer. All major types of bicycle from the leading brands are covered, with bike care advice to take you from symptom to solution. The Complete Bike Owner's Manual takes away the need for expensive expert advice, showing you how to service and maintain every aspect of your bicycle. Learn how to replace or repair a chain, correct sagging suspension, fit brake cables, service a handlebar, and much more, with incredible up-close detail helping you to get your wheels turning again.
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    The Racer (Paperback)

    David Millar

    What is it really like to be a racer? What is it like to be swept along at 60kmh in the middle of the pack? What happens to the body during a high-speed chute? What tactics must teams employ to win the day, the jersey, the grand tour? What sacrifices must a cyclist make to reach the highest levels? What is it like on the bus? In the hotels? What camaraderie is built in the confines of a team? What rivalries? How does it feel to be constantly on the road, away from loved ones, tasting one more calorie-counted hotel breakfast? David Millar offers us a unique insight into the mind of a professional cyclist during his last year before retirement. Over the course of a season on the World Tour, Millar puts us in touch with the sights, smells and sounds of the sport. This is a book about youth and age, fresh-faced excitement and hard-earned experience. It is a love letter to cycling.
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  • AYOND

    The Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner Map (Other)

    Richard Peace

    All of the UK's signed cycle routes brought together on one map - now a comprehensively updated and expanded 3rd edition. Using the outstanding quality and detail of Times Comprehensive Atlas mapping, Sustrans' National Cycle Network and other popular cycle trails are featured and defined - traffic free or on road. Family cyclists will love the listed traffic free trails. Third edition features include:* Sustrans National Cycle Network route numbers shown, corresponding with route signage on the ground* Attractions (stately homes, country parks, museums etc) on or near suggested routes* New clearer route designOther routes include regional routes such as county cycle ways and those National Trails on which bikes are allowed such as the Pennine Bridleway and the Ridgeway. Many hundreds of miles of minor road routes are also shown and links to signed cross-channel routes such as the Avenue Verte (London-Paris) are shown so that long distance route planning is also made easy. A bespoke key makes the map easy to understand at a glance.The UK's rail network and its myriad of stations is detailed, showing at a glance where and how cyclists can combine bike and train to get access to the country's best cycling. As the scale of the map makes it suitable for planning rather than navigation, full details are given of where you can get larger scale maps of popular rides, such as the C2C, the Devon Coast to Coast and the Way of the Roses. * Superb quality mapping showing thousands of villages, towns and cities linked by the UK's ever expanding cycle network (network number signs now on map). * Compiled by specialist cycle guide publisher Excellent Books, run by established cycle journalist Richard Peace. * Sustrans' National Cycle Network, minor roads, National Trails, attractions en route, the UK rail and canal network - all this brought together on one map to make a unique and invaluable planning tool.
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    Mountain Biking in Southern and Central Scotland (Paperback)

    Peter Edwards

    This guidebook describes 21 mountain biking routes in central and southern Scotland. It includes the 7stanes trail centre in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as cross-country routes in the Campsie Fells, Pentland Hills and Lammermuirs, the Galloway Forest, Tweed Valley, Cheviots and Lowther Hills. The routes range from 16.5 to 66km and are graded from moderate to very hard. Taking between 2 and 7 hours to complete, they are intended for reasonably fit mountain bikers with at least some experience. Detailed route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping, and the selected routes set out from various points across the area, including Greenock, Glentrool, Peebles and Milngavie, with good access from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The guidebook also gives an overview of what the region's MTB trail centres have to offer, including the famous 7stanes trail centre, along with advice on equipment, maintenance and safety. Southern and Central Scotland is renowned for its superlative MTB trail centres, but the region's rolling hill country is also traversed by an extensive network of tracks, paths, forest roads and other trails providing endless possibilities for 'free range' mountain biking.
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    The Climb (Paperback)

    Chris Froome

    The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France. A journey unlike any other in the history of cycling, Froome has crossed continents, overcome the death of his mother and conquered debilitating illness to follow his dreams and represent Team GB and Team Sky. He has experienced soaring triumphs, humbling defeats, a public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong's legacy. Extraordinary, revealing and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success. Chris Froome was born in Nairobi in 1985 to British parents. He was educated and raised in South Africa and now races for Team GB and Team Sky. In 2011 he finished second overall in the Vuelta a Espana. In 2012 he finished runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and won the Bronze medal in the Time Trial at the Olympic Games. Froome amassed five stage-race victories in 2013, with triumphs at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine leading into a dominant win at the 100th Tour de France. He won the prestigious Velo d'Or award for best rider of 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In 2014 he won the Tour of Oman, the Tour de Romandie and finished runner-up in the Vuelta a Espana.
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    Gironimo! (Paperback)

    Tim Moore

    Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled round the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about 'Horrid Lance'. His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia. History's most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometre stages, cataclysmic night storms and relentless sabotage - all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine. Of the 81 who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. Committed to total authenticity, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. What unfolds is the tale of decreipt crock trying to ride another up a thousand lonely hills, then down them with only wine corks for brakes. From the Alps to the Adriatic, the pair steadily fall to bits, on an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful and recklessly incompetent.
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    The Hungry Cyclist (Paperback)

    Tom Kevill Davies

    Over 100,000 miles to cover, one man, one bike and one hungry stomach. Having created his alter-ego, the Hungry Cyclist and with thousands of pedal-powered miles before him, Tom Kevill-Davies pushed off from New York City on one of the most ambitious gastronomic adventures ever undertaken. A ballsy travel memoir The Hungry Cyclist follows Tom's adventure into the hearts and minds of the people he meets. Revealing the diverse cultures of the Americas, Tom's journey from over the Rockies to Baja California, through Central America down all the way to Brazil via Colombia, gives the real flavour of this truly extraordinary landmass. This is a tale of death-battles with squadrons of mosquitoes, malodorous public toilets, of galloping dysentery one day, to drowning your sorrows with cowboys and dining with beauty queens the next. But above all it is an ambitious story of getting to where you want to be - even if you have to endure cactus-induced punctures, unforgiving desert heat, uphill struggles through never-ending cocaine plantations, or artfully dodge hungry bears, neurotic RV-driving Americans, angry rabid dogs and run-ins with local law authorities in the process.An amazing tale of what can happen when you get on your bike and go.
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    42x12. The Cult of Fixed (Hardback)

    Patrick Potter

    So Just who is the Fixie rider? It's the buzz question that a lot of people want to know right now. If we're to believe some, then the Fixie rider is a horribly spoilt late twenty something male of affluent background. He's never been required to grow up and spends all of his pocket money on cool toys and fads in a never ending effort to be trendy. Cynics would say that the Fixie rider is a myth in the process of being invented by those people who want to sell stuff to rich kids; ie the brands. Through contemporary observation and the collaboration of those on the inside from Taiwan to New York, Brick Lane to Tokyo, 42x12 gives a unique insight into whats going on at ground level.
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  • BYNQE

    Scottish Cycle Routes Volume 2 (Paperback)

    Alasdair Cain

    This second volume in this successful series adds another 30 circular road cycle routes of 28 miles to 115 miles, exploring the best of Scotland's panoramic back roads from the Outer and Inner Hebrides to the Borders. The routes include a Tour of the Border Abbeys, the famous Five Ferries route round the Firth of Clyde, a journey through the Flow Country, routes on Mull and Skye and the Golden Road on Harris. These day circuits include detailed descriptions and Ordnance Survey mapping, plus variations and extensions to ensure you get the best from your day
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