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In 2021 I co-authored my first book with Kathy Rodgers, Big Rides, which was published by Vertebrate Publishing. In 2022 my first own book was published by the same publisher. Great British Gravel Rides is much more than just a guidebook. It offers an insight into gravel cycling in Britain, featuring well-known riders like Mark Beaumont and Jenny Graham alongside others.

Great British Gravel Rides

Great British Gravel Rides in the wild at the Dunoon Dirt Dash


Great British Gravel Rides pays homage to the very best gravel cycling across England, Wales and Scotland. I have curated a collection of 25 routes across Britain – each a favourite route of a well-known gravel cyclist. You can join round-the-world cycling men’s record holder Mark Beaumont in East Lothian, experience a different side of East Anglia with ultra-endurance racer Josh Ibbett and GBDURO20 winner Gail Brown, embark on a coast-to-coast trip across Scotland with round-the-world cycling women’s record holder Jenny Graham, or see the best of Scottish Borders with diversity in cycling champion Aneela McKenna.

The book was supported by Schwalbe Tyres and Kinesis UK.

Each route gives an insight into what each cyclist loves about gravel riding – what inspires and motivates them – and why they believe it qualifies as one of Britain’s best gravel rides. A detailed route description of the trail is then provided, including interesting information about the local area, exactly what to expect on the route, details on the best places and attractions to explore, recommendations for the best local cafes and pubs and a list of local bike shops, should they be needed. With inspiring photography showcasing some of the best gravel trails in the UK, as well as bespoke maps and downloadable GPX files for each route, this is the essential companion for any gravel rider.

Whether you want a challenging pedal through the country’s awe-inspiring landscapes or a more leisurely day out in the saddle, let Great British Gravel Rides help you explore the best gravel cycling of Great Britain – your adventure begins here!

For an excerpt check out this article on Cycling UK’s website.

BUYING THE BOOK

You can buy a signed copy of Great British Gravel Rides for £25 including postage in the UK directly from me. There’ll be an extra £3.70 postage charge per book for most international orders. Secure payment via Zettle link by email after you have submitted the form.

You can buy signed copies of Great British Gravel Rides also at the following local shops:

Buy a copy at adventurebooks.com 
Buy a copy on Amazon

You can also buy the book in good book shops, or ask your local library to order it.  

Reviews in the media

‘My new bible for a while.’ Rob Penn

‘A genuine tour de force. I’d say it sets a very high benchmark and will become a classic.’ Richard Else 

‘if you’re into gravel, this is the shizzle.’ 
Read more at thewashingmachinepost

‘it is difficult to find a better guide that inspires to that degree and that has trips that you will immediately be able to download to your GPS and cycle along. It is extremely thorough both in its descriptions, map material and pictures. All in all, this is a wonderful guidebook with lots of detail, useful information, descriptions, personality and great pictures.’ Read more at cykelportalen.dk 

‘You’re not just browsing a collection of routes – it feels like you’re being welcomed into a community that’s keen to have you, to share its secrets and spread the joy that its sport can bring. Great British Gravel Rides is a book designed to spark (or feed) your sense of adventure, filled with an enthusiasm that’s infectious.’ Read more at rolfraehansen.com

‘a useful guide for anyone who enjoys riding on a surface that isn’t tarmac and maybe wants to spread their wings and go somewhere beyond their doorstep’ Read more at bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk 

‘I know mountain bikers who are a bit sniffy about gravel biking, but I think this book has some fantastic routes in it which everyone who loves getting off tarmac should consider.’ Read more at tinkadventures.com 

‘a book which will make you want to get outside and ride the trails for yourself.’ Read more at cyclist.co.uk

‘narratively rich’  Listen to more at alwaysanotheradventure.com 

‘a comprehensive guide to some great routes on gravel and road’
Read more at ukgravelco.com

‘a book that I am sure will inspire cyclists to get out and explore on gravel.’
Read more on FionaOutdoors

‘As a friend of Markus, and many of the local riders within this book, I was sure that this would be a fantastic read. It has not disappointed.’ Read more at Life In The Saddle

‘This book challenged a preconception I had that gravel is a bit, um, boring…’
Read more at Chasing Trails

‘provides some great local insights to the routes and area.’ Read more at Cycling UK 

‘handverlesen und selbst-erfahren und wie immer bei Markus auch sehr gut fotografiert. Wer also im nächsten Urlaub auf die Insel fährt, der sollte hier ausreichend Touren finden.’
Mehr gibt es auf Biketour-Global.de

Reader Reviews

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A labour of love

Rated 5 out of 5
November 10, 2022

Markus has created a fantastic book. Instead of just featuring rides he knows, he’s drawn on the knowledge of a diverse group of cyclists who share their best gravel rides. On top of that, the book contains useful descriptions, and brilliant photography and is beautifully printed. Well done Markus!

Simon Johnson

Top book

Rated 5 out of 5
November 29, 2022

A fantastic book a must have for all gravel enthusiasts

Looking forward to the Scottish rides

Chris

Eye opener

Rated 5 out of 5
November 11, 2022

A great resource which helps to take a little bit of the stress out of planning gravel rides in an unfamiliar area. While studying maps is fun having the routes as a reference has really helped. I have joined the Kielder loop with the following loop to make a great overnight trip with the security of having some local villages nearby if anything went wrong. Can’t wait to explore further a field next year. This book is already well thumbed!!!

Brian Turner

Superb bikepacking book

Rated 5 out of 5
November 10, 2022

Written by bikepackers for bikepackers. A must have book. GPX files are super useful and Markus is a super nice approachable guy.

Graham Theobald

Inspiring

Rated 5 out of 5
November 10, 2022

I don’t mind using mapping to explore but sometimes it’s nice that that work is done for you now and again! Looking forward to reading and usingvthisxwell put together book.

Ross MT

Great work

Rated 5 out of 5
November 10, 2022

A lovely inspiring book to help plan your adventures. Inspiring and beautifully made and written.

Keith Grant

Very well researched and engaging

Rated 5 out of 5
November 8, 2022

Guide books are typically about places – whereas travelling and adventure is also about people. In this book Markus manages to capture both in a way that is far more engaging than just routes and descriptions. A pleasure to play a small part and it’s inspired me to explore parts of Britain that I’ve never been to

Mark Beaumont

An inspirational guide to gravel tour in the UK

Rated 5 out of 5
November 8, 2022

This is a fantastic read with lots of detail, useful information, descriptions, personality and great photos.

Louise chavarie



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The Gravel Ride PodcastMarkus Stitz: Great British Gravel Rides

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Always Another AdventureMarkus Stitz. Great British Gravel Rides

Gravel Junction PodcastEpisode 8 Markus Stitz

mtb-tribe.com218 – Around The World Ride On A Single Speed with Markus Stitz

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Yellow Jersey The Draft BlogGreat British Gravel Rides

Much Better Adventures Blog3 of the best gravel rides in Great Britain

Schottlandberater.de (German) – Great British Gravel Rides – Cycling the Wild Trails of England, Scotland & Wales

Gravel CyclistGreat British Gravel Rides – New Book from Markus Stitz captures the variety of Britain’s Gravel Community & Trails

Bike PerfectGet inspired for your next off-road adventure with Markus Stitz’s new book Great British Gravel Rides

Bike MagGreat British Gravel Rides – New Book from Markus Stitz

Adventure UncoveredGreat British Gravel Rides – New Book from Markus Stitz captures the variety of Britain’s Gravel Community and Trails

Cycling Europe‘Cycling Stuff’: Hostels In Scotland And Great British Gravel Rides

Shimano Blog (German) – Kleine Geschichte des Gravelbikes – Eine Erfolgsgeschichte

Gravel UnionGuide Book Gravelling

The RadavistRadar Roundup: Swift Campout Reminder!, 1Up Cargo Carrier, British Gravel, My Little Bungee, and Keith and His Cargo Bike

Big Rides: Great Britain and Ireland



Big Rides: Great Britain and Ireland is an inspirational guide to the most iconic, epic and popular long-distance cycle trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, including two excursions from mainland Britain to Northern France. The twenty-five featured routes showcase the best of Britain on two wheels. For those who prefer to pedal on-road, the routes take you along the historic Way of the Roses trail through Lancaster and York, as well as across Scotland’s Atlantic perimeter on the Hebridean Way. The trails head off-road to Northern England’s hills on the Sea to Sea (C2C) and past iconic monuments in Southern England on King Alfred’s Way. Mountain bike enthusiasts will find plenty to challenge them in the Sarn Helen and through the Scottish Highlands on the renowned Highland Trail 550. The routes then head offshore, to Ireland’s coast on the Wild Atlantic Way and from Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to Normandy’s alabaster cliffs on the Tour de Manche. Vertebrate Publishing’s Big Rides books are designed to inspire big adventures. Rather than being carried along the route, this guide provides everything you need to plan and explore further, including a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography. As well as this, each route specifies approximate timings which allows for you to plan your adventure at your own pace. Whether you’re completing routes at a leisurely speed or racing towards the finish, let Big Rides: Great Britain & Ireland be your guide.

Available as signed copy from me here, on adventurebooks.com or Amazon.


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