Im­pass­able tow­paths

Canal Boat - - Letters -

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

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