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This site was built to promote the book 50 Quirky Bike Rides in England and Wales by Rob Ainsley, published in 2008. The book is now out of print, but we've left the site as there's some fun stuff for you to browse.

Rob's latest cycling book is Bluff Your Way in Cycling, published by the Bluffer's Guides in 2013. You can see more details and order a copy at the Bluffer's website,

Press quotes about 50 Quirky Bike Rides:

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Go with your bike up Britain's steepest hills, on its longest fords, and down its only street where you have to cycle on the wrong side; over the world's longest cyclable suspension bridge; on Europe's tiniest ferry; across the world's scariest aqueduct; along England's worst cycle bike path; and you can find the little-known highest road in Britain where bikes are allowed but not cars. So you can be the country's top cyclist... in altitude terms, anyway.

Fford Pen Llech Lindisfarne Eynsford Harwich ferry Bath and Bradford aqueducts Caen Hill Humber Bridge Barmouth Bridge Tyne Tunnel Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway Cam High Road Consett bike maze York planets Mam Tor Londons Lombard St Weird bikes images from 50 Quirky Bike Rides book

There are also chapters on bicycle polo, Critical Mass, unusual bikes, and the Dunwich Dynamo.

Lots of the rides are great for families, and almost all are suitable for even the rustiest rider on the rustiest bike (though we also tell you how to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats...).

For details on how to order, visit the website of the publishers Eye Books at It's probably out of print though. Sorry about that. If enough people pester them by email they might reprint it. Doubt it now, though.

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