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176245Photo #176245A wooden barrier chicane on NCN3 / NCN33 just off River Lane in Bridgwater.
The gap through the chicane is just over 1m, and it is very constrictive for any cycle much larger than a standard bike.
The path here is gravel, with a generally good surface.
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176244Photo #176244Gateway leading onto the Two Tunnels path / NCN24 from Ford Road in Wellow.
This is the second of two gates leading onto this section of path. Both are on fairly steep slopes, and both have stiff latches and return springs, making them difficult for even able bodied path users to negotiate.
The path here is tarmac, uneven in places, and it gives way to a grit surface a little way past this gate.
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176243Photo #176243Toucan crossing carrying the NCN26 / Strawberry Line over the A370 / Weston Road in Congresbury.
The photo shows the crossing and the ramps up to the path as it continues along the embankment beside the Congresbury Yeo River.
Note that the ramps are quite steep, with a loose gravel surface, and tight corners. If necessary they can be bypassed by following the pavement west along Weston Road and turning up the lane leading over the bridge over the river where NCN26 can be rejoined.
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176242Photo #176242Exit of NCN26 / Bishop's Park Cycleway onto Durston Road.
Access is very good, with just the single bollard in the middle of the gateway, giving well over 1m of space on either side, and no other impediments here.
The pathway, once off the shared pavements in Wells, is a wide gravel path with a good surface, although there will be puddles and muddy patches in poor weather as with any gravel path.
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176241Photo #176241Gateway where NCN3 exits onto Midddle Drove, just outside of Glastonbury.
The gateway is a good width of 1m, and I have never seen it closed. The step on the bottom of the gateway is quite small, less than 2.5cm.
Note that the path leading to the gateway is loose gravel and is uneven in places and will be muddy in patches during wet weather.
The section of path can be bypassed using Porchestall Drove / Back River Drove.
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176194Photo #176194A photo showing just how restrictive the A frames on the trail over the RSPB's Ham Wall reserve are. The handlebars on the bike shown are 44cm wide.
There is an identical A frame at the eastern end of the reserve.
See also photo #176055 for more information.
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176193Photo #176193The barrier chicane at the end of the off road section of the Strawberry Line / NCN33 from Cheddar to Axbridge.
The section of path from Sharpham Road to Cheddar Road is reasonably well surfaced and wide, although it is normally busy with dog walkers. It does enable cyclists to avoid Upper New Road in Cheddar, which is an unpleasantly busy stretch of main road.
The barrier chicane pictured is the only obstruction on this section of path, and is a sensible width, although it is at the top of a steep slope with a loose surface.
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176191Photo #176191The Strawberry Line / NCN26 path behind Wideatts Road in Cheddar.
This is a shared path which is narrow with an uneven and loose surface, and is badly lit.
The entrance to the path at Valley Line Industrial Park is especially restrictive.
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176190Photo #176190Access onto NCN33 / Brean Down Way from Wayacre Drove.
The path is accessed through the space on the right of the gate, which is usually locked. The space is a reasonable width at over 1.5m, although the surface is loose and it is right beside a spiked metal fence.
Wayacre Drove is used by traffic including HGVs accessing the Wessex Water sewage works - this traffic is frequently fast moving.
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176188Photo #176188One of two kissing gates on the Brean Down Way / NCN33 between Uphill and Brean.
Like the other gate the space on this one is restricted and overgrown. There is just sufficient space for a standard cycle - a tandem, bike and trailer, or adaptive cycle almost certainly won't fit.
In addition to the two kissing gates this relatively short length of trail has three swing gates and an A frame - apalling accessibility.
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176187Photo #176187A swing gate on the NCN33 / Brean Down Way.
Return spring is very strong, and the latch is stiff to operate.
This is one of three similar gates on this section of pathway.
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176186Photo #176186Other:
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176185Photo #176185Barrier chicane at the point where the Strawberry Line / NCN26 merges with the pavement on Station Road in Sandford.
The barrier spacing is not as bad as some at just over 1m, but the barriers are placed partway up a fairly steep slope, and there is an A frame just a few metres further up the path.
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176184Photo #176184Barrier chicane at the northern end of the NCN3 / NCN33 path between Bawdrip and Cossington.
The gap between the barriers is 1m, and may be difficult for some types of cycle to navigate.
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176183Photo #176183Junction of Wrington Road with the A370 / Bristol Road in Congresbury.
There is a pass through opposite into a contraflow cycle lane on Wood Hill - unfortunately most map systems show this as one way, not taking into account the contraflow cycle lane.
The usual caveat applies when using a contraflow cycle lane - expect motor vehicle users to be unprepared to encounter a cyclist.
The lane is not a proper cycle lane, just the usual paint which is wearing off the road surface.
The lane needs at the very least repainting and much better signage.
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176182Photo #176182Norton Radstock Greenway exit onto A367 Bath Road in Radstock.
Although it is shared path and exits onto a shared pavement the design is not bad. There is a barrier between the path and road to prevent young children using the path from continuing into the road, no obstructions for path users with accessibility requirements, and a toucan crossing over the A367 to allow users to get to Waterloo Road and NCN24 safely, plus a good Sheffield stand for bike parking by the entrance to the path.
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176181Photo #176181Bollard chicane at the junction of the Festival Way / NCN33 path with Backwell Bow.
There are two smaller bollards behind the larger one (one is obscured in the photo), producing quite a tight space for access of approximately 90cm.
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176178Photo #176178The Festival Way / NCN33 crossing of Station Road in Flax Bourton.
The single bollard has a reasonable space of over 1m each side and does not present a problem in terms of accessibility.
Care should be exercised when crossing here however - the view of the road northwards (on the right in the photo) is very restricted due to the bridge and motor vehicles frequently head up the road at speed. Better warning signs and a toucan crossing would improve safety here considerably.
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176177Photo #176177A pair of A frames at the point where the Strawberry Line / NCN26 crosses the entrance to Winscombe Sports Ground.
The width of the A frames is 76cm. There are a number of similar A frames along this section of NCN26.
The presence of the A frames is utterly pointless - there are a number of unobstructed entrances to the path which motor cycles can access, and the frames are just wide enough to allow children on small cycles through at speed onto the road while being narrow enough to impede users with accessibility needs.
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176176Photo #176176An pair of A frames on the NCN26 / Strawberry Line between Shute Shelve Tunnel and Winscombe.
The gap through the frames is 76cm. The second (northernmost) frame in the photo is especially difficult to navigate due to a tree being very close to it.
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176175Photo #176175Barriers at the exit onto the A38 of the section of the Strawberry Line / NCN26 between Shute Shelve and the A38.
There is a well sized pass through on the right of the wooden barrier chicane, although it goes over a metal grid that can be slippery in wet weather.
The red plastic barriers are a temporary measure - the central island has metal barriers in place.
In spite of the 40mph limit here traffic up and down the hill can be very fast moving - please take care when crossing especially from the Axbridge side of the road which has a badly restricted view uphill.
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176174Photo #176174Exit of the Strawberry Line / NCN26 path onto Racurium Cottages just north of Axbridge.
As the picture shows there is a small step onto the roadside and a boulder beside the path. The boulder is well placed so there should be adequate space to access the path. The approach to this junction is steep however and will be muddy in wet weather.
The road descending Racurium Cottage has a painted cycle lane on the left - users should note that motor traffic ascending this road towards them may be fast moving though.
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176173Photo #176173One of the A frames on the Strawberry Line NCN26. This one is on the section that runs north from the A361 in Sandford to Nye Road.
The gap in this A frame is 76cm; for comparison the handlebars on the bike in the photo are 42cm wide.
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176172Photo #176172An A frame on the NCN26 / Strawberry Line, obstructing the path south from Sandford towards Winscombe.
The gap through the A frame is 76 cm. There are several other similar frames on the same stretch of path.
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176171Photo #176171Barriers, bollard, and a salt bin obstructing the northern end of the bridge carrying NCN334 over the M5 and the Portbury Hundred.
There are no obstructions on the southern side of the bridge in Portbury and the gradient is easier.
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176170Photo #176170An A frame at the western end of the trail through Shapwick Heath NNR, by Shapwick Road, just south of Westhay.
Gap through the A frame is 75cm. The gate beside the A frame is locked with a non-RADAR lock.
The exit at the eastern end of the trail onto Ashcott Road south of Meare has a similar A frame and gate.
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176169Photo #176169An A frame at the eastern end of the trail through Shapwick Heath NNR, accessed through the car park off Ashcott Road, south of Meare.
The frame is 75cm in width.
The gate beside the frame is locked with a non-RADAR lock.
There is a similar obstruction at the western end of the trail, which exits onto Shapwick Road, south of Westhay.
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176055Photo #176055An A frame at the western entrance to the RSPB Ham Wall reserve. Gap through the frame is just 60cm.
Note that the gate alongside the A frame here has a RADAR lock, but the gate at the other end of the trail beside a similar A frame has a non-RADAR lock.
See photo #176194 for an example of how restrictive this obstruction is.
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176054Photo #176054An A frame at the eastern end of the trail through Ham Wall RSPB reserve. Gap through the frame is just 60cm.
This has been reported to the LA without success.
The gate alongside is locked but does not have a RADAR lock - the gate at the other end of this trail beside a similar A frame does have a RADAR lock however.
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176053Photo #176053NCN3 / Stone Down Lane outside Glastonbury.
This is an unsurfaced track which is very steep in places and can be muddy in wet conditions, with the additional hazard of loose gravel.
It can be bypassed by taking Gypsy Lane and Basketfield Lane.
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176052Photo #176052Bridge over the Bishop's Park Way cycle path / NCN3, with a sculpture suspended from the roof.
There is no identity to the sculpture apparent, if anyone can shed light on it please do comment.
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176051Photo #176051A Frame on NCN33 / Brean Down Way, on Brean Sluice.
Space through the frames is 72cm.
There is a lock on the gate alongside, but it is not a RADAR lock.
This is one of six obstacles on the BDW between WsM and Brean - one A frame, two kissing gates, three swing gates.
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176050Photo #176050Swing gate on NCN33 Brean Down Way.
No alternative to this gate, latch and return spring are quite stiff.
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176049Photo #176049Kissing gate on the Brean Down cycle path at Uphill.
Just large enough to get a single bike through. The route is further obstructed by another similar kissing gate, three swing gates, and an A frame.
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