I WAS INTERESTED to read Peter Owen’s letter about cycling and towpaths. I have just returned from trying to cycle from Leeds to Wigan but unfortunately had to abandon sections due to the poor state of the towpath (on a knobblytyred mountzin bike). Evertything was fine (apart from the rain) until bridge 194, just past Riddlesden where there was just a sea of mud and a handy CRT sign warning that you are going to really enjoy yourself – I didn’t. A smooth path near Skipton was impassable unless you were a boat. I was warned by other cyclists that that past Burnley it was poor in parts as was north of Wigan. So I let the train take the strain. If CRT want people to get out and see the country then there needs to be work on the worst stretches of the towpath, especially where they are also on the National Cycle Network.
ROGER STOCKER via email