Day Four - Portishead to (near) Ludlow 77 miles. A bad start - comprehensively lost after the Satnav decided to work with tomorrow’s route and then I found the Avon Cycleway obliterated by big building works. But I did finally get across the Bridge (after ignoring the ‘cycleway 4 is closed’ signs.
After all that I was running late so once through the Wye Valley (Lovely even in the rain) I opted for the A49 and duelling with juggernauts. A brief respite down some steep and narrow lanes before back onto the even nastier single carriage A49 - my least favourite road so far.
But I’m here in my Travelodge and ready for tomorrow’s run to Nantwich.
One third distance done
If anyone else is planning to go this way the building work is between Lawerence Weston Way and Lawrence Weston Rd. You can go down Long Cross Rd however the cycle path between here and Merebank Rd is a popular place for fly-tipping, yesterday there was a load dumped across almost the entire width of the path and burning out stolen vehilces. I tend to go through the industrial estate. There's a burger van on Poplar Way East if you fancy a tea. https://cycle.travel/map/journey/180741
This building works have been in place for months but no detour signs have been put in place. When I first moved to Bristol the cycle/foot bridge that went over the motorway just beyond this had been removed after a lorry hit it. So there were signs taking you up a ramp, a gap across the motorway and another ramp in the distance, great if you are Evel Knievel.
I contacted Sustrans and offered to put up detour signs if they could provide them. After they failed to respond a few times I was told they had sufficient volunteers for the area and my services were not needed. Detour signs were never put in place and after a couple of years the bridge was replaced.