We have now produced a complete set of cycle maps for each district in Staffordshire. The aim of the maps is to help cyclists plan their journeys around Staffordshire. The routes shown on the maps are those that exist at present and also a number of suggested routes along quieter roads.
Copies of the maps are available from tourist information centres and libraries. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org| or phone 01785 276615
Cannock Chase (Issue 6)
East Staffordshire (Issue 4)
Lichfield (Issue 4)
Newcastle-under-Lyme (Issue 3)
South Staffordshire (Issue 3)
Stafford (Issue 5)
Baswich to Stafford Town Cente Cycle Route Map| (859Kb)
Please note: With effect from Monday 3 September 2012 for 9 weeks, works to upgrade the off-road surface between Fairway and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal near Baswich will be taking place. The route will remain open to use but please be prepared to be escorted through any sections that are being worked on. Thank you.
Staffordshire Moorlands (Issue 3)
Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-under-Lyme
Tamworth (Issue 4)
A cyclist must exercise due care and attention at all times, and obey the Highway Code, including all traffic signs and traffic signals.
You CAN cycle on bridleways and byways but you must give way to walkers and horse riders.
You CAN cycle on cycle tracks and bus lanes if the lane signs include a cycle symbol.
You CANNOT cycle on a pavement or a footpath unless there is a right to do so.
You CANNOT cycle on open land without the permission of the landowner
You CAN cycle on canal towpaths
Cycling on canal towpaths
The majority of towpaths are open to cyclists, but please keep an eye out for 'No Cycling' signs along the way. Not all towpaths are open to cycling, either because of the width, or surface, or because cyclists would cause a real danger to others. The quality of the surface can vary and some routes may be impassable in bad weather.
You DO NOT need a cycle permit to cycle along a towpath, however, the 'Share the Space, Drop your Pace' campaign asks everyone to follow The Greenway Code for towpaths which includes the following:
Share the space - consider other people and the local environment whenever you're on a towpath.
Drop your pace - considerate sharing of the limited towpath space is the key. Drop you pace in good time and let people know you are approaching by ringing your bell or politely calling out before waiting to pass slowly.
Pedestrians have priority - towpaths are 'Greenways' or shared use routes where pedestrians have priority and vehicles are generally excluded.
Be courteous to others - a smile can go a long way. Abusive or threatening behaviour is not acceptable and should be reported to the Police.
Follow signs - they are there for the safety of everyone. Cyclists should dismount where required and use common sense in busy or restricted areas, recognising that pedestrains have priority.
Give way to oncoming people beneath bridges - whether they are on foot or bike and be extra careful at bends and entrances where visability is limited.
When travelling in large groups - especially if you are running or cycling. Please use common sense and give way to others.
Try to avoid wearing headphones - as this makes you less aware of your surroundings possible hazards and others sharing the same space.
Keep dogs on a short lead - and clean-up after them. Dog fouling is very unpleasant and is a health hazard.
At all times, keep children close to you - and encourage them to learn and follow the Greenway Code for towpaths.
Reproduced from the The Greenway Code for Towpaths issued by the Canal & River Trust
If you would like further information on cycling along towpaths, please take a look at the Canal & River Trust website (formerly British Waterways).
Whilst Staffordshire County Council has taken reasonable care to ensure that the contents of this publication are accurate at the date of publication, no warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is given by the County Council [or the publishers] as to the quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the publication or any of its contents or the suitability or safety of any particular cycling route or routes identified therein. To the fullest extent permitted by law the County Council does not accept any liability howsoever arising and whether in contract, tort or otherwise from any reliance on this publication or any of its contents or from any act or omission based thereon.
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