Written by ‘Cycling Dutchman’, Eric van der Horst, the London to Land’s End Cycle Route Book guides cyclists through traffic-calmed routes from Britain’s capital to Land’s End and is the perfect companion for those who love cycling, but don’t like traffic.
“In my experience, cyclists like to avoid traffic where they can so I wanted to produce a book that really took that into account, which wasn’t easy considering the book begins in London!” says Eric, who explored southern England by bicycle for years seeking out the best routes where there is little or no traffic.
The result is the London-Land’s End Cycle Route Book which is the only one of its kind to provide a continuous, enjoyable traffic-calmed route, and even makes up for gaps in Sustrans’ National Cycle Network. The handy pocket-sized book fits easily in a standard handlebar map holder and features 940 miles of routes, 140 maps (with various scales to cover urban and rural areas) and 500 named facilities like B&Bs, hostels, campsites, bike shops and pubs.
“A lot of information about cycle routes in the UK is very generic, but this guide is very detailed, providing reliable information over an incredible distance. The detailed directions mean people don’t have to worry if a signpost is missing, the book will guide them through,” adds Eric.
Cyclists can either cycle the individual sections of the route or to go for a full-on adventure. The book is aimed at both the novice and the more experienced cyclist. Every section is graded, with information on whether it is on-road or off-road and whether it is hilly or flat. Extra routes from Dover and Harwich to London and to Plymouth even allow for journeys around the English Channel. GPS-tracks for outdoor navigation devices/apps and route updates are available on-line.
The London-Land’s End Cycle Route Book is already receiving rave reviews from users.
Susan Brown who lives in Gland, Switzerland, road-tested London-Land’s End Cycle Route book last summer when she and her husband took their teenage children on a last-minute cycling holiday to England.
“The book was great,” says Susan. “The maps, directions segments, visitor information and phone numbers for accommodations were all used. We relied on the book completely and it never let us down.”
“We saw castles, canals, cottages, boats, churches, Roman ruins, a steam train, ancient forests, smuggler’s towns , hedgerows, briar roses, butterflies and birds. We had rain, blue heat, storms and soft clouds over rolling meadows. We saw the English Channel and the Atlantic, walked beaches, headlands and woodlands. We cycled canal paths, train tracks, country lanes and hills. We met nice people, grumpy people, alien worshippers, fellow travelers, bakers, fisher folk, happy hotel keepers and cheerful folk on the side of the road wanting a chat. We freewheeled down and climbed agonizingly up. We cursed and sang and laughed and told stories. Finally, we arrived at Land’s End.”
Dave Ireland from Camborne, Cornwall writes “I must say I am delighted with the book. It has very clear and easy to read maps with conventional symbols for navigating left, right, straight on, etc. There is loads of extra detail with B&Bs and cycle shops en route, all with contact numbers. All in all this is an excellent book and I look forward to using it out on the road.”
Andrew Soare from The Netherlands finds the new guide a “very good book”, where Cate Howell from Devon finds it “amazing”! More reviews can be found on http://www.london-landsendcycleroutebook.com/guestbook.
- The London-Land’s End Cycle Route Book can be ordered from major retailers, travel book shops, selected tourist information centres and londonlandsendcycleroutebook.com. ISBN 9780957661707, RRP £15.99. Accompanying GPS-tracks are only available through the designated website and are free when ordering the book from there. For more detailed information about the guidebook, the route and its origins, see also http://www.london-landsendcycleroutebook.com/about-the-route.
- For more information on how the route navigates across London, see http://thecyclingdutchman.blogspot.co.uk/2013_09_01_archive.html. Video impressions about the London and Devon Coast to Coast sections are available on YouTube, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wge1w5U4_Y&feature=youtu.be and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvFrD70TsiQ.
- The book is the third book of its kind in a series, authored by “Cycling Dutchman” Eric van der Horst. Eric also wrote Cycling in The Netherlands, an “excellent pannier-pocket guide” according to BBC-TV Coast Presenter Nicholas Crane, see cyclinginholland.com. Eric’s first guidebook was produced in Dutch language in 2011 and is estimated to generate £145.000 per year to the UK economy, taking Dutch touring cyclists from the east coast via London to Land’s End.
- Eric is a former TV news director for the Dutch National TV-news NOS. His passion for cycling took him all around the world (he cycled across America and Australia) and gradually became a cycling professional after he moved to the UK in 2007.
- Eric is committed to teaching a new generation of youngsters the benefits and joys of cycling and, in addition to writing guide books, works as a Bikeability instructor in Devon. Eric is also involved in consultation and lobbying for new cycling infrastructure in Britain, see http://thecyclingdutchman.blogspot.com.
- The London Land’s End Cycle Route is “hitting the road” visiting various cycling cafés on its route, with Eric being available in person to answer questions about the route and naturally, to sign copies of the book. For dates of this road show, book sales and more information, see london-landsendcycleroutebook.com.
- For more information or to receive a review copy of the book, please contact The Cycling Dutchman Eric van der Horst on 07954 962230 or Dawn Connor-van der Horst on 07982 431809 or via email: .