Bike Touring Highlight
Don't bother with the Stroud - Nailsworth Cycle path if you're in a hurry/heavily laden. It's really only suited to leisure cycling rather than touring/commuting. There's a very poorly designed part of the track, where you have to dismount and wheel your bike down/up a steep gutter, whilst trying to remain vertical on the steep steps. There are also several parts of the track, (which is also shared with pedestrians/dog walkers) which are very narrow, the surfacing is also pretty rough in places and there are also parts of the trail which are very poorly drained too.) The alternative route (along the A46) isn't great either, (with motorised traffic being generally quite high, and disrespectful when overtaking), although it is a lot more expedient... Don't attempt to cycle along this path after dark, either. There's virtually no additional lighting, and several parts where there are some significant troughs which could well take one by surprise.
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