Today I was working in Irlam. I'd spent a while plotting a route and the only on-road option seemed to along the A57. Google did show another road but it was actually a footpath. So I rode there using the 50mph dual carriageway, not much fun. On the way home I tried the other route. It was nearly all tarmac with just one kilometre stretch of unmade road. It wasn't too bad at all but I wouldn't like it after rain on a road bike with mudguards. It was however a much better alternative to the main road.