Where to ride London review

A new London cycling guidebook hit the bookshelves in the past couple of weeks. It’s called Where to Ride London and it is written by Nick Woodford. This chap here:

Nick at Where to Ride London book launch

Having written a similar guidebook myself (30 London Cycle Routes) I was looking forward to seeing what Nick came up with and hopefully recommending his book to you guys.

The 50 rides are organised by location. Central London, South West, South East, North, West and East. This makes it easy to pick a route near you and get started. There was a great short ride near me called the Hampstead Heath Loop which I promptly tried out.

When looking at one of the rides you can quickly judge whether it sounds appealing. There is a great “At a glance” page to see what kind of bike you’ll need, how to link it in to other rides and whether you’ll encounter much traffic. You can also read about the ride and the sights you will see along the way. This is particularly interesting to discover new things about London you never knew (I didn’t realise there are that many open air swimming pools near me!)

Where to ride London on page showing at a glance

Once I’d read about the ride I grabbed my bike and set off to explore. Each ride in the Where to Ride London book has both turn by turn directions and a map showing the road names you’ll need. To follow the directions you simply place the book in-front of you on your bike.

Unfortunately, this is my gripe with most cycling guidebooks. What if you don’t have somewhere to place the book? You need to place it in your bag or back jacket pocket and keep referring back to it.

The map page in Where to Ride by Nick Woodford

One great additional design feature of the book, that clearly shows the years of experience the publisher (BA Press) has in cycling guidebooks, is that the front flap contains the map legend and can be flipped over for quick reference. There is also a huge map of London that marks out the position of all the rides. This is useful again for finding a ride near you but also for linking different rides together to make longer routes.

Where to Ride London contains a good variety of rides. Including mountain bike rides, canal rides and interesting rides that reveal new parts of London. It will appeal mainly to casual cyclists. It’s great to see a guide like this has been produced by an everyday cyclist who loves cycling in London and I definitely think it is a worthy addition on any London Cyclist’s bookshelf.

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What I liked

  • Beautifully illustrated and put together
  • Great, easy to follow maps and directions
  • Big number of rides for casual cyclists
  • Good selection of child friendly rides
  • Great for expanding your London knowledge

What I didn’t like

  • Routes are a little short
  • No included GPS coordinates to make navigation easier

Where to grab a copy of Where to Ride London

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£14.49 £14.20

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6 Responses to Where to ride London review

  1. stu 13/09/2010 at 10:18 am #

    Thanks – this is a helpful review.

    NB – the amazon link to the book in second line directs to a Topeak Race Rocket Master Blaster bike pump!

    • Andreas 13/09/2010 at 10:47 am #

      hah thanks buddy – logging in now to change it. The Topeak is awesome too!

  2. LTMWB 13/09/2010 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks Adreas for the info, but I much prefer your own guide :-) but I might put this on my christmas list

  3. Nick Woodford 15/09/2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks for the review Andreas. Great to see you at the launch and look forward to catching up soon. I am going to be at: http://www.citycyclestyle.com Smithfield Market this friday if your about. Best Nick

  4. girlandsteed 18/09/2010 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m doing something a little similar on my blog with a series on the best cycling streets in London- I’d love to hear your reccomendations. First in series here:

    http://thetrustysteed.blogspot.com/2010/09/best-cycling-streets-in-london-part-1.html

    • Andreas 19/09/2010 at 6:24 am #

      A good idea for a blog – I know a couple of London Cyclist readers had been asking about this

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