Jon Sparks | Hike and Bike Bowland

‘Hike and Bike Bowland’ – Special Offer


‘Hike and Bike Bowland’ was first published in 2011. After a good initial showing, it hasn’t sold as well as we would like in the last couple of years. Everyone responsible for it thinks it’s something we can be very proud of, but we’ve been forced to conclude there aren’t too many people who are willing to pay full price for a mixed-use guidebook. 


That’s why I’m now offering it at a drastically reduced price. People who aren’t interested in the bike rides can still get all the walks for little more than the price of a pint, and likewise people who don’t much care about the walks get all the bike rides. And everyone gets a very attractive volume with almost 100 photographs.


“Bowland is connoisseur’s country,” I said in my introduction to the book. I think it’s a connoisseur’s guidebook too – but now at a bargain price.

Each copy also includes an update slip to bring the information bang up to date – notably changes to public tranpsort and developments on the Gisburn Forest mountain bike trails.



Order 1 or more copies at just £1.50 each. P&P £1.50 (1copy) £2 (2 copies). Any reasonable offer for bulk orders will be seriously considered.

I'm looking into direct ordering from this page but for now, please order or enquire by email.



To see before you buy, check out the following stockists:

Whalley Warm & Dry
The White House Stables
82 King Street


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Here’s the original publisher’s blurb:


In Hike and Bike Bowland Jon Sparks will show you around. On his well chosen 24 walks, 7 road bike and 4 mountain bike rides he will take you to places high and low, by river, through woods and onto the tops. In these fine landscapes you can lean back on a warm rock and listen to the call of the curlew or amble through meadows glowing with buttercups or, for those of you with a zest for something more daring, take a white-knuckle ride on the rocky mountain bike trails of Gisburn Forest. There’s even a long distance route, which can be broken up into six linear walks, with good transport links making it straightforward to tackle them individually. The author provides fascinating background information on flora and fauna, history, legend and literature. The book is sumptuously illustrated with the author’s photographs and simple but clear full-colour mapping.


Jon’s high photographic ability turns Hike and Bike Bowland into a splendid celebration of the Forest of Bowland’s extreme beauty and, being a local (Jon lives in Garstang), he has the experience to show his readers all the best routes to the best places. Although it’s a guidebook Hike and Bike Bowland’s high quality printing and illustrations will make this desirable winter fireside reading and a popular Christmas present.


160 pages  140mm by 200mm

95 full colour photos 25 full colour maps

Jacket is printed both sides in colour and with 70mm flaps

ISBN 978-1- 902017-03-7