Traffic-Free Cycle Trails by Nick Cotton contains over 400 cycle routes in Great Britain. First published in 2004 and regularly updated ever since, it has become one of the country’s most popular cycling books, and this fourth edition published in 2020 features a large number of updates and revisions.
Traffic-Free Cycle Trails includes a great variety of routes on former railway paths, canal towpaths and forest trails in England, Scotland and Wales – and every ride is away from traffic. For that safe and peaceful bike ride, increasingly the target of families and leisure cyclists alike, Nick Cotton’s guidebook has proven invaluable.
Discover previously unknown local trails, plan fun rides for all the family, and travel to unfamiliar areas throughout the UK with quality routes. Presented in an easy-to-use format and packed with useful information in ten regional sections, it includes route descriptions of rides in every part of Britain. From novice riders looking to escape traffic to parents planning safe rides with children, let Traffic-Free Cycle Trails take the work out of finding the UK’s best cycling routes.
No Maps Included
We already have a paperback book by the same author covering a small area of UK which is really good and expected this to be the same but for the whole of GB.
While it seems the text is almost identical (for the sections we already have), the full GB book does not contain any maps for each route which we found really useful before.
I can see that this would reduce printing costs and the overall size and weight of a printed book, but there is no reason to exclude them from the digital version and it’s really hard to envisage where the routes are and how they relate to possible attractions nearby.
There are links to websites etc which you then have to rummage through to find maps but anyone can just google the area and get to those sites anyway so what’s the point of the book?
It’s useable but slightly disappointing.