A former journalist has published a new guide for mountain bikers in the Lake District.
Ian Boydon, 33, from Lancaster has spent the last two years researching and writing the first in a new series of guide books for outdoors publishers Cicerone.
The former Westmorland Gazette journalist who has been riding in the area for almost 20 years, said he decided to write his ‘Mountain Biking in the Lake District’ guide book after noticing that many of his favourite rides were not featured in any existing guide book.
Ian Boydon said about his book: “I had great fun researching and writing this guide and I hope that readers will get just as much enjoyment out of riding this spectacular area’s wonderful trails as I have done.”
Mountain bike guide book
The guide book contains 24 routes of varying length and is graded in difficulty and is therefore suitable to be used by riders of all abilities from near beginners to expert bikers.
Routes visit all corners of the Lakes and places such as Kendal, Kentmere, Grizedale Forest, Muncaster and Threlkeld.
“There is nothing quite like a big day in the saddle riding on this area’s amazing bridleways and taking in the jaw-dropping views of the lakes and the fells. It is something that you just don’t get tired of and can be enjoyed whatever the weather,” said Ian.
Mountain Biking in the Lake District has been published by Milnthorpe based, Cicerone.
The company has been publishing books on outdoors activities such as fell walking, mountaineering and rock climbing for more than 40 years.
Although Cicerone has published cycling touring guides in the past, The Lake District guide book is the first in an exciting new series of mountain biking guides for the company.
Mountain Biking in the Lake District will be followed by a Cicerone guide to biking in the South Downs, which is due out in May, and Ian Boydon is currently writing a mountain biking guide for the Yorkshire Dales, which should be ready for spring next year.