I’ve never had the use of a proper sustrans cycle path before. Now I’ve moved I have them on the doorstep and they cover a lot of my commute. They are rather bloody good (can make progress away from the busy road), however it would be nice if they told you if the path is on or off road (or does it and I’m being thick and not spotted it online) in places. One of the routes I can take, the path goes into a singletrack really rough and unsurfaced muddy lane (not road bike friendly). I imagine a few people have been caught out by that one!! That’s my only gripe in my brief use of them. I’m glad they are there, as the road option is a bit chaotic (and I’m used to being on the road).Posted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
They are good but the local one to me, route 55 between Chorley and Salford is signed completely randomly and just stops.
There’s a section along a disused railway that just leads to some steps with no signage and towards Salford, two separate routes use the same signage, one along the canal and one along two disused railways.
Whether signs have been installed and stolen or damaged, I don’t know but it’s very hit and miss, one section on the online map is about 3 miles away from the signed route and is on an old railway that is under 6ft of water.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
sustrans.org.uk, has interactive mapping, that shows where the routes are and where thy go all colour coded, lots of councils also produce free ccyling maps of their areas, and again colour coded, you may well wasnt to sign up as a volunteer and do some volunter signing of routes, tidying, cutting back vegetation.Posted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
Yeah I was thinking of contacting them about it. I got talking to a lady back in the summer who, I guessed, was a Sustrans volunteer as she was going on about all the new signage that she had put up.
On their website, they just say route 55 when completed so guessing its still a work in progress.Posted 4 years agobelugabobMember
Check out bikehike.co.ukPosted 4 years ago
On the course creator page, switch between ‘osm cycle’ & ‘Satellite’ mode to get alternate views that give you a good idea about the type of ground covered.
No substitute for just getting out and having a look, though, but this is probably best done on something other than a road bike.
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