A Lake District Grand Tour

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A Lake District Grand Tour

Pedalling through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones

by Mike Carden

A Lake District Grand Tour

The Cumbria Magazine: ‘A sense of humour in abundance.

The Lake District in Books: ‘I lost count of the wifely queries, “What are you laughing at?”

The North West Evening Mail: “For the armchair adventurer, cycling the Lakes with Mike is an enlightening experience”

Cumbria Life magazine: ‘Relaxed and chatty with a ready wit.’

From the blurb:

After his “warm, well observed, unpretentious and very funny”* books relating his cycle rides the length of England and of Scotland, Mike Carden turns his attention to his backyard: The Lake District.

He visits all the lakes of Lakeland, pokes into its most distant corners, and cycles over every mountain pass (well, he attempts to).

Along the way he tells the story of Lakeland. He sees where poets wrote and climbers climbed, he tells of ‘oond trailin’ and fell-racing, and he hunts for golden eagles and elusive ring ouzels.

With his twenty-year-old son alongside him on the ride (actually more often ahead of him, disappearing up a hill) and sharing his sense of humour, Mike’s story of The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife and The Scones is definitely A Lake District Grand Tour.

‘A book to inspire both the armchair adventurer and the hardened cyclist.’ Hannah Reynolds, Fitness Editor, Cycling Weekly magazine

‘This is one hell of way to see the Lake District National Park! A great description of the grandest of Lake District tours. Get pedalling!’ Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park Authority

*Adventure Travel Magazine

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A Lake District Grand Tour

Written by: Mike Carden
Published by: Bike Ride Books
Date published: 07/01/2013
Edition: 1st Edition
ISBN: 978-0-9556602-2-1

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