in a Box
Arnold Robinson, Chris Hutt, et al
published 2011 • 6” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾ • 0 pages • 50 full-color cards • maps
ISBN 9781566568579 • box-bound cards • $19.95 •
"Cyclist's Britain in a Box is one of the coolest formats for a guidebook that I've seen. Perfect for our mobile culture that loves things that fit in the palm of your hand-these cards cover some of the best rides in the UK. From the Dales Circuit to Land's End to the Isle of Wight there are 50+ options that take in breathtaking scenery and local culture throughout England, Wales, and Scotland. Even if you just intend to go to London there are some rides around the green spaces and the reservoirs that could be good day trips. Whether you're interested in a strenuous weekend challenge, an easy day trip, or a week-long journey, you can just grab a fold out card and go. Each tour has detailed maps of both on and off road sections, and all the points of interest along the way, as well as information on which villages have options for eating and which don't. With tips on where to stay and a transparent waterproof sleeve for Britain's unpredictable weather, you should be all set. With the cards planning your trip will be fun and packing should be a breeze-just take the few you plan to use and leave the rest at home. I hope this option spills over into some other guidebooks as well, so instead of needing a whole book for each country or place you're visiting you could just take a few map cards with not to forget pointers and pocket them. Kind of like your cell phone's handy maps, but without the out-of-range spots and the international data."
"...smart design (it's printed on waterproof, pocketable cards) and well-written descriptions. With 50 routes there's surely no shortage of options, and the cards abound with much more than just basic route information. Lodging information and other practical information such as where to find provisions along the way is also contained on the cards... if you fancy yourself a trip across the pond to do a bit of pedaling, Cyclist's Britain in a Box should serve you more than swimmingly."
Britain’s best town and country cycling guide with original routes on pocketable cards
Here’s a great new twist to the cycling guide: instead of a book, a box filled with 50 cycling cards. Each has a different route fully described and illustrated. Pocket a card, leave the box behind, and enjoy your cycling day out.
These reusable cards are the lightest possible cycling routes, far more convenient than a book or hand-held device. And the transparent plastic sleeve means you don’t have to worry about damp pages when it rains. Clip it on to the handlebars, or keep it in a pocket.
• Explore the best of the British countryside, including many of the National Parks. All routes are on 1:250,000 mapping, plus large scale extracts for off-road sections.
• One or two-day rides, and a few longer tours—perfect for a short break, and there are tips for charming places to stay.
• Easily accessible routes with many linking in with convenient public transportation around Britain’s main cities and towns.
• Routes mainly on minor and unclassified roads and lanes but plenty of off-road too. It includes a range of difficulty to suit both novice and experienced cyclists. Each card is a complete guide to one or more cycling routes, with information on transportation, essential directions and interesting things to look out for along the way.
The routes in this guide are been devised and ridden by a group some 20 life-long cycling enthusiasts, among whom the main contributors are Arnold Robinson, Chris Hutt, Bryan Colbourne, Anne Reid, Kenneth Innes, R.E Harman, R.H. Kletz and Sheila Simpson.
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