I’ve been taking some time off The Bike Show to write a book about the best places to ride a bike in Southern England. Read more about it.
It looks like a beautiful book, having looked over the 64 page preview.
Well done Jack, you did it !!! i am looking forward to see it.
Very much looking forward to reading Lost Lanes and following some of Jack’s ‘glorious’ cycle rides.
Love the cover design by Andew Pavtitt.
Welcome to Abergavenny! Hopefully you’ll be able to find some time for exploring the lanes of the area, and writing a follow up on rides in South Wales?
It sure is enticing. I would want to get my hands on it
sometime this year just not too soon. I have just been into biking two months
ago but with starts and stops.
If ride No.3 Between Downs and Weald is anything to go by we’re in for a treat. We had a brilliant ride on Sunday including good pub food and a paddle to cool off. Can’t wait to get out on the next ride.
Just done the Waveney weekender. Some lost lanes in there but an awful lot of dull B roads with thundering juggernauts which, if we’d known, we could easily have circumnavigated. I love the ethos and the writing but we all felt that it would have been great if you’d got down and dirty with an OS map and shared a full circuit of lost lanes (perfectly possible) rather than repackage existing routes.
I’m sorry you felt underwhelmed by the Waveney Weekender route. But I’m perplexed as to the ‘awful lot of B-roads’ comment as there’s barely two miles of B-road in the whole route (the only significant stretch is between crossing the A140 and leaving the village of Hoxne). Are you sure you followed the route as described in the map here?
Let me know where you were harassed by juggernauts were and I’ll do my best to figure out a more tranquil alternative. Obviously this is farm country and sometimes there can be a lot of tractors about, but it’s pretty much impossible to avoid them without going off road entirely. When I rode it last summer the roads were very quiet as the heavy traffic is across the river on the A143. If you have ideas for alternative options, I’d be grateful to hear them.
Incidentally, the fact that many of the lanes on this particular route are designated cycle routes is down to Sustrans and Suffolk County Council, who determine which lanes they think make for good cycling and should be included in the National Cycle Network or in Suffolk’s various recreational cycle routes. These often turn out to be pretty good routes following the quietest lanes but still fairly direct. Suffolk has a lot of them for some reason, I guess they must have put more effort into devising recreational bike routes than most other county councils.
Putting the routes together, I certainly did get down and dirty with the OS maps and rode all the routes at least once myself, usually more than once, and often scouting out alternatives to figure out exactly what was the best way to ride.
Thanks for a great book. Did number 19 Cotswold Getaway in one day and was tired (as you said) but exhilarated by the route. Some minor corrections to the .pdf file on directions – if you want.
Did 18 followed by 17 today for training and they were excellent. A real inspiration for variety and mostly no busy roads. No time to stop (which is a good reason to take them as 2 separate rides) at the Bell Inn but it was before 12 noon. Off road through Mapledurham and then along the Ridgway was beautiful. 17 is just as interesting but as a walker couldn’t possible go on a non cyclepath. At Checendon it passes the famous pub (it has been in the same family for the past 100 years or so), The Black Horse. There was no inn sign outside but was assured it would be open that evening.
Just re-discovered that path along the Thames with the steep banking, on route to Goring. It was indeed a Lost Lane to me, and I am happy to be re-united. Love the book thanks.
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