This is Route 55 of the National Cycle Network and is covered
in the Sustrans book "Traffic Free Cycle Rides" (published 2015) page 174
Most of the route is hard surfaced and well signed, the first half having marks on the path as shown right.
The start of the ride is at the lakeside in Central Forest Park, being about 2 miles North of Stoke-on-Trent railway station, which means cycling through the centre of Hanley, preferably following College Road. The length of the ride is 12 miles from the park, plus the couple of miles from Stoke railway station.
Beside the lake is a small snack bar and you need to cross the road behind it at the pedestrian crossing and make for the Oatcake and Pikelet shop. opposite.
Route 55 goes up the street alongside.
By our old friend John Grimshaw CBE, founder of, and at that time CEO of, Sustrans.
. ..... and steep banks on both sides.
The Counting House is Wetherspoon's local, in the far distant of this view.