SPORTS AND PASTIMES.
2s. each; Scotland in 1 vol. price 2s.; Ireland, showing main roads only,
price Is. The road books published by The Cyclists Touring Club, of
47 Victoria St, London are also excellent; England and Wales 4 vols.;
Scotland 2 vols.; Ireland 2 vols. Tbe Annual Handbook (price 3s.) published
by the Automobile Club, 119 Piccidilly, W., contains much useful touring
information and includes lists of hotels and automobile repairers 'officially
appointed' by the Club throughout the country.
Cycling (communicated by Mr. E. R. Shipton, Editor of the C. T. C.
Gazette). The English roads, though inferior to some of the 'chaussees'
of the Continent, are upon the whole above the average; and the Amer¬
ican cyclist will probably find them far better adapted to his requirements
than the ordinary highways of the United States. Speaking roughly, cycling
in Britain is circumscribed only by the area of the island; but as a general
rule the gradients of the roads inland will be found less severe than those
along the coast, while their surfaces are also generally better. The roads
of England and Scotland are usually preferable to those of Wales and
Ireland. The tourist, however, should not plan his route without regard
to the configuration of the country, a knowledge of which is best attained
by consulting a good map. [Bartholomew's map on the scale of 2 miles
to an inch, mounted on linen, is portable and well adapted to the cyclist's
use; it may be obtained in sections (at 2s. per sheet) from any bookseller.
The 'strip' maps of Messrs. Gall & Inglis (2 miles to an inch) may also
The American traveller who lands at Liverpool and has either brought
his machine with him or arranged to have one sent to meet him may
profitably begin riding at once. If he turn to the S., he may proceed via
Chester, Stafford, and Lichfield to Coventry, whence he may diverge to
take in Stratford-on-Avon, Kenilworth, and Leamington, continuing the jour
ney to London either direct or via, Oxford. Should time admit, the run
may be continued to Reading, Bristol, and through Mid-Devon to the
Land's End; or in shorter stages, as befits the roads, along the beautiful
coast of North Devon. From Cornwall he may return to London via, Ply¬
mouth and Exeter; or he may skirt tbe S. coast to Southampton, Brighton,
and Ramsgate, running thence to London through Canterbury and Maid¬
stone. Should the traveller elect to go northward from Liverpool, he may
visit the English Lakes, Carlisle, the Land of Burns, the Scottish Lakes, the
Highlands, and so to John o' Groat's House; returning by Aberdeen, Pertht
Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Cambridge, etc. The cyclist, landing at Dover,
Harwich, or any of the other usual steamboat harbours, may also begin
his riding at once. North Wales is also an excellent field for cyclists.
The cyclist who contemplates even the shortest tour in Great Britain
will find it decidedly advantageous to become a member of the Cyclists'
Touring Club, which now possesses about 50,000 members. It has a re¬
sident Chief Consul in the United States (Mr. F. W. Wesion, Savin Hill,
Boston) and also Chief Consuls for Continental Europe. The entrance fee
of this club is Is., and the annual subscription 5s. American cyclists who
wish to become members may apply to Mr. Weston. Should they arrive in
England without having been enrolled, they should communicate with the
secretary (Mr. E. R. Shipton, 47 Victoria St., Westminster, S.W.), who,
should their credentials be satisfactory, will send them a provisional cer¬
tificate of membership on payment of an additional fee of Is. Each member
is supplied gratis with the British Handbook of the C. T. C. This con¬
tains a list of 5000 hotels throughout the country, which charge members
of the club reduced tariffs; the addresses of nearly 1000 consuls (i.e. local
resident wheelmen, who are pledged to help their fellow-members by in¬
formation and advice); the names of over 2000 cycle repairers; and much
other useful information. The C. T. C. has published a Road Book of
Great Britain and Ireland (6 vols., 21s.; 6s. 6(2. extra to non-members).
Additional information may be obtained at the Touring Bureau, established
at the headquarters of the club.
Cycling in the Channel Islands, s^e p. 87.