Cycling seems to be one of the most popular sports around these days.
And where better to hone your skills than in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District.
This guidebook by Richard Barrett is a must for the cyclist seeking a challenge. It describes a five-day cycle tour offering two route options each day, together with 15 challenging day rides. Tour stages and day rides are graded, with ascents ranging from 76m to 1580m.
Both the tour and the day rides which use existing cycle trails and quiet country lanes are designed to take in the district's most enchanting scenery and the guide shows you the best places to stop for a rest and a quick bite to eat or where to rest your weary bones at night.
There is also a what to take checklist and contacts list, plus information on the district's geology, landscape, plants and wildlife for you to enjoy as you potter around on your bike.
Cycling in the Lake District by Richard Barrett, £14.95, published by Cicerone Press, www.cicerone.co.uk