Fist of Light tackles the 31-mile bicycle ride from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon (home of the Bard, etc)…

“In places […] we found ourselves free wheeling through thick mud. It’s not a journey to be made on a road bike.”

Sounds very similar to the Barlaston-Stone mudbath stretch south of Stoke-on-Trent, which effectively cuts off Stoke from Stone/Stafford/Birmingham by bicycle. Is it beyond the wit of local Councils in the Midlands to make a single paved north-south off-road bicycle path, from Stoke-on-Trent in the north to Stratford-upon-Avon in the south? SUSTRANS already has most of that done, but there are gaps.