Book Suggestions

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Elizabeth_S
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Book Suggestions

Postby Elizabeth_S » 9 Apr 2020, 10:41am

Hi,
For my brother in law's retirement present I'm looking for suggestions for books on cycling routes in:
Wiltshire and surrounding counties
France
The Netherlands
Brother in law and sister haven't cycled for a while, knees are going a bit so nothing too technical. Think they might like a long distance route (or two), in France, or something they can pop across the channel to. But local everyday rides would be good also. I thought the Netherlands as it's a great place to cycle if you want to travel and haven't done much in a while.
(I should also add that my sister is a nurse, so they will very much need some relaxation when this is all over.)

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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby simonineaston » 11 Apr 2020, 9:15pm

Hi Elizabeth,
I know how depressing it is when no one responds to a post! :wink: so I'm going to pitch in. I'm not sure that a book for identifying routes is the best choice. In my experience, the best way to research / identify routes may be better done on-line. Books go out of date with alarming rapidity. The ones I've bought, I've hardly look at. Websites are dynamic. One of favourites is cycle.travel (a search of posts on this very forum will be fruitful). If I was about to retire, with a view to doing more cycling, I'd prefer to receive books about cycle travel, of which there are a ton, if you look.
https://cycle.travel
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby pedalsheep » 11 Apr 2020, 9:52pm

You could try Jack Thurston's 'Lost Lanes West Country' which covers Wiltshire and the counties to the south west. The books describe circular routes on quiet roads and are beautifully presented and illustrated so would make a nice present.
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby crossy » 12 Apr 2020, 6:14am

Hi I live in Wiltshire. Phillips do an atlas of Wiltshire. I have written down all the town and villages from the index there are 950 all together and I’m going to go out and ride to each one. Prop my bike against the village/town sign and take a photo. Just to make it interesting I allow myself only one photo on a ride. It’s going to take me years to do it.

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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby Cyril Haearn » 12 Apr 2020, 6:59am

+950 for that suggestion, please to report on progress
Maps are good too
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby simonineaston » 12 Apr 2020, 8:41am

crossy wrote:Hi I live in Wiltshire.
I went there once and thought it quite nice. Pewsey - great little museum & a shop selling very generous bacon baps. :-)
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby richardfm » 12 Apr 2020, 9:03am

pedalsheep wrote:You could try Jack Thurston's 'Lost Lanes West Country' which covers Wiltshire and the counties to the south west. The books describe circular routes on quiet roads and are beautifully presented and illustrated so would make a nice present.

I was about to suggest the same. I have the Wales book, if that is anything to go by then the West Country one should be great. If you buy it direct from https://lostlanes.thebikeshow.net/ you will get it signed by the author

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Re: Book Suggestions

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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby Cyril Haearn » 12 Apr 2020, 11:18am

Cyrille Guimard! d'oh :wink:
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby Cunobelin » 12 Apr 2020, 11:30am

Slightly off the main intention...

I plan most tours using the Muirhead Blue Guides from 1926

I love old books, and it is fun and sometimes a challenge to follow historical routes and see which hotels, churches and other buildings have survived.

There are also Pevsner's guides, and many old guides and maps. They give lots to research and investigate.

Perhaps a guide, book, map or similar from the year of his birth?

For example , if born in 1940 .....An example was chosen at random, starting as little as £4

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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby simonineaston » 13 Apr 2020, 1:04pm

Cunobelin wrote:I love old books, and it is fun and sometimes a challenge to follow historical routes and see which hotels, churches and other buildings have survived. There are also Pevsner's guides, and many old guides and maps. They give lots to research and investigate.
That's true! A hobby of its own. And as a technical aid, to help with the interpretation, I like the National Library of Scotland's side-by-side maps *, where you can identify locations exactly and view them as they appeared on older maps. I have just splashed for the Kindle version of Lost Lanes West Country :-) Ah, the anticipation!
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Gloucestershire Cricket Club... note useful railway station nearby, on Left map

* other side-by-side mapping websites are available... ;-)
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby Mike Sales » 13 Apr 2020, 1:20pm

I don't know whether Cassini's facsimiles of old O.S. maps are still available.
I chanced upon a set of my local ones going cheap.
1824, Old Series: 1901-02 Revised New Series: 1922 Popular Edition.
Serendipity! Hours of pleasure comparing changes with the different editions of the 131 Landranger I have.
The coastline here and the course of rivers have changed here.
Of course all the roads which were not built for motor vehicles are shown.

The sheet borders have been rearranged and the maps rescaled so that a direct comparison with the modern 1;50000 is easy.

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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby slowster » 13 Apr 2020, 2:05pm

Mike Sales wrote:I don't know whether Cassini's facsimiles of old O.S. maps are still available. <SNIP>

The sheet borders have been rearranged and the maps rescaled so that a direct comparison with the modern 1;50000 is easy.

Cassini also have a custom option for the various historic (and new) editions of OS maps which allows the map(s) to be centred on a chosen location. The maps are available both folded and flat for mounting.

http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/mmplus1-C.asp

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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby simonineaston » 13 Apr 2020, 4:06pm

I love old maps! I'm going to have eat crow here, after dissing the notion of buying a book to gain inspiration for tours... I've just had a look at my newly purchased copy of Lost Lanes West Country and it's Great!! Here's a review from Amazon, too which refers to the printed version, i think.
This cycling guide is lavishly enhanced by the photographs that would encourage anyone to want to get on their bikes and go off on the routes suggested. The content is well organised, the guide is informative, and the whole style appeals to me. Above all, this book is written by a cyclist for other cyclists. After previously buying the edition for the South-East and Southern England, I had no hesitation in buying this new edition for the West and South-West as soon as it was published. I warmly recommend Jack Thurston's book to everyone, including 'armchair' cyclists and those who cannot actually go on the rides, for whatever reason.
...and signed copies can be get bought here:
https://lostlanes.co.uk/shop/
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Re: Book Suggestions

Postby Galloper » 13 Apr 2020, 6:35pm

Not so much about routes, more about the journey, can I recommend Edward Enfield's books, particularly "Downhill all the Way" and also those of Anne Mustoe. I particularly liked Anne's idea of following Roman roads.

For many of my trips in the UK, I use an excellent map, "The Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner". It shows all the Sustrans routes and highlights road and traffic free sections, ideal for browsing an planning trips.