We are an Edinburgh based group who enjoy cycling in the countryside

 

Weekend trips and Day rides

Great cycle routes using roads, tracks and paths

Inaugural Ride

Saturday 18th March 2017

We will meet at 9.30am for a 10am start at the Burgh Café 62 High St, Musselburgh (c. 7 miles from Edinburgh). We will then cycle via the Esk Valley cycle way and the Pencaitland Railway path to Humbie for lunch. About 15 miles (i.e. 22 in total).

Lunch is booked for 12.30pm at the Humbie Hub in Humbie village.

Return via Fala, Crichton, Gorebridge, Carrington, Polton and Lasswade. About 25 miles.
(route altered from orginal after reccy.)

Maps: Spokes Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. OS 66
 
Please confirm that you are coming with me, so I can book the correct number for lunch at the Humbie Hub (Upper Keith, Humbie EH36 5PJ).

Please contact Tiana on Tiana@mellowvelo.org.uk

Spokes Sunday Rides

Sun 5th March and first Sunday of each month.

Meet at Usher Hall 10 am for 10:15 am depart - 40 or so miles - destination decided on weather and fitness of participants.

Contact Stuart on stuart@snowcycle.co.uk

Vale of Leven to Stirling

Saturday 8th April 2017

The idea is to take a train direct from Edinburgh to Vale of Leven, cycle to Stirling along the north side of the Fintry and Gargunnock Hills with a west wind behind us, then take a train direct back to Edinburgh. Details follow.

CYCLING. By 10:01, dep DALREOCH station (west of Dumbarton), cycle by NCR7 along Vale of Leven to BALLOCH (coffee), then north-east by NCR7, then through Killearn to BALFRON (lunch), then ENE on minor road, no villages, crossing B822 near Craigend Farm, and continuing as a gated and sometimes unfenced road eventually reaching GARGUNNOCK (tea). All this is tarred except for 200 yd of smooth footpath. Then continue east, mainly on minor roads, through Cambusbarron, to reach STIRLING station about 17:15.

Total cycling distance 38 miles, or 32 if you start from Balloch station. The highest point reached is only 522 feet, and there is no major climb, but there are many small ups and downs. Mainly on OS sheet 57.

TRAINS FROM EDINBURGH TO VALE OF LEVEN
From Waverley (0752 or 0820) direct via Airdrie to Dalreoch (0932 or 1001) or
From Waverley (0800 or 0830) changing from Queen Street High to Low level, to Balloch (1000 or 1030)

TRAINS FROM STIRLING TO EDINBURGH
From Stirling (1707 or 1737 or 1807) direct to Haymarket (1757 or 1827 or 1857), or
From Stirling (1719 or 1753 or 1823) changing at Croy, to Haymarket (1846 or 1947)

If interested, please notify Alastair M. in advance at alastairm@mellowvelo.org.uk or phone on 01506-670401 between 10am and 10pm.

Callander

Sat 6th - Sun 7th May 2017

Saturday: Meet at Falkirk High station. Cycle to Callander via the Kelpies, the Pineapple, Stirling, Kippenrait Glen and Doune. About 35 miles. Few hills.

Overnight at Callander Hostel.

Sunday: cycle from Callander to Falkirk via Kippen, Fintry, Crow Road, Strathkelvin Railway Path, Forth & Clyde Canal and Falkirk Wheel. About 42 miles. Several hills in the first part, including an 800-foot climb south of Fintry, but the last 16 miles are mostly level.

Please contact Alec on  Alec@mellowvelo.org.uk

Rural Aberdeenshire

Fri 19th - Mon 22nd May 2017 (Victoria Weekend)

Travel by train on Friday evening to Huntly. It is less than a mile to the comforatble modern self catering Highlander Bunkhouse where we stay for three nights (approx £20pppn)

Trips of 40-45 miles will be organised for Saturday and Sunday (likely to be to the coast at Banff and a circular around Huntly). On Monday we will cycle to the station at Dyce or Aberdeen.

Where possible quiet B and C roads will be used although there maybe short distances on the A roads.

Shorter / longer stay options based around this weekend maybe possible to suit individual travel arrangements.

If you are interested please contact Keith (mob: 07810-364-206) asap as hostel places and bikes on trains will need to be booked in advance.

Glen Prosen revisited

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th June 2017

Possible revisit to this area - details later.

Contact Jan M on JanM@mellowvelo.org.uk

Edinburgh - St Andrews

Saturday 17th June 2017

This is a ride, not a race, and you can go at your own pace sure in the knowledge that you are supported by repair vans for that unexpected puncture. At the highest and often the hottest point an ice cream van awaits you. Home cooked lunches and afternoon teas are available along the way and lots of friendly encouragement and support. When you arrive in St Andrew's no need to contemplate the return ride, vans transport the bikes and buses take cyclists back to Edinburgh. It is a relaxing and enjoyable event in support of LEPRA.

Details are on the cycling_edinburgh site

More information from Lepra

Contact Lepra on RosK@leprahealthinaction.org

Outer Hebrides

Sat 17th - Sat 24th June 2017

A ride through the Outer Hebrides from Barra to Lewis in about a week.

The plan is to take the train to Oban and the ferry to Castlebay on Saturday June 17 (it takes a full day). Return on the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool, taking the Durness Highland Bike Bus to Inverness. Summer rail timetables are not yet published but in the past the Bike Bus arrived at Inverness a bit too late for the last train south so we will probably have to stay in Inverness overnight and return home the following morning.

Details are not yet fixed and may have to be changed at the last minute in case of inclement weather - it can be too windy to cycle on bad days.

Daily mileage is expected to be about 30 - 40, which allows plenty of time to visit places of interest (and cafes) along the way.

Accommodation will be in hostels. The Gatliff hostels do not offer advance booking and do not accept groups of more than four, which limits the number of people who can come on this trip. Please contact John as soon as possible if you are interested.

Please contact John on John@mellowvelo.org.uk

5 Ferries

Sat 24th - Sun 25th June 2017

It’s the Five Ferries outing (all timings approximate and subject to confirmation):

We meet at Ardrossan for the 12.30 sailing to Brodick. There is now a '5 Ferries' ticket that can be bought at the terminal for £13.30.

The return train fare from Edinburgh to Ardrossan is also valid to return from Wemyss Bay and can be booked in advance (might be cheaper than booking on the day) Approx cost £27:20. The connecting train leaves Glasgow central at 11.18am.

Some go by car and it can be helpful if you let me know how you will be travelling so lifts can be arranged if practical.

Ferry 1) 12:30 to Brodick (Isle of Arran)

Cycle to Lochranza Youth Hostel for the night. There is the option of taking a small detour to the standing stones at Machrie (26 Miles).

Book your own beds at the Lochranza YH. Cost is £21.00 for a dorm bed for one night. Communal meal in hostel on Saturday night. Lochranza hostel

Ferry 2) 9:30 to Claonaig

Claonaig to Tarbet 11 Miles Coffee stop

Ferry 3) 11:15 to Portavadie (and every hour if you miss that one)

Portavadie to Tighnabruich 4.3 Miles for lunch

Tighnabruich to Colintraive 14.8 miles

Ferry 4) to Rhubodach (every half hour)

Rhubodach to Rothesay 8.4 miles

Ferry 5) to Wemyss Bay (every 45 minutes from 4pm)

There are no trains from Wemyss Bay to Paisley Gilmour St. on the 2nd October, only the replacement bus service.

Bikes are carried at the drivers' discretion, so we can see how much discretion the drivers have when we get there (and how many people on the trip)

Or we can cycle to the station at Largs (6.1 miles 45 mins) Trains every hour (added advantage of being able to cycle through my parents old garden on the way……..)

About 50/56 miles cycling in a day and a half. Stunning views and good company – at least I’ll be there.

A word of caution:

There are three major climbs. On day one, crossing Arran over the String there is a climb of about 1000 ft. On Sunday there is one shortly after landing at Claonaig of about 400ft and after lunch at Tighnabruich there is another of about 850 ft to the stunning view down the Kyles of Bute. In 2012 among the party who completed the trip were a 13 year old and a 60 something who had had three heart attacks (not on this trip).

Contact Simon on Simon@mellowvelo.org.uk

(The above is copied from the 2016 trip.)

Highland Perthshire

Sat 8th - Sun 9th July 2017

We hope to set off from Pitlochry Youth Hostel at 11 a.m heading west to Kinloch Rannoch and back via the south side of Loch Tummel.  The following day we could go east to Kirkmichael and Blairgowrie with afternoon tea at Dunkeld if there’s time before going home.  We would stay in the youth hostel in Pitlochry and either eat in or have dinner in a local pub.

Please contact Barbara on Barbara@mellowvelo.org.uk

Lowland Perthshire

Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd July 2017

Going from Dunblane to Perth on day one.

Stay at Perth YHA Sat night

Day trip on Sunday followed by train back from Perth.

More details later.

Warning -"Lowland" does not equate to "not hilly".

Please contact Lynn on Lynn@mellowvelo.org.uk

Carlisle to Tweedbank

Sat 5th - Sun 6th August 2017

Take the train to Carlisle on Saturday morning.

Startng from Carlisle we will go to Bewcastle and look at the ancient cross and have a picnic lunch. Then onto Newcastleton. c. 35 miles

I have booked one night at Woodbine holiday cottage a self catering cottage with 2 doubles and 2 twin rooms. Buy food in Newcastleton.

On Sunday We go to Tweedbank via Denholm where we'll have lunch. Train back from Tweedbank. c. 39 miles.

If interested please email Tiana on Tiana@mellowvelo.org.uk

Dayride to Craigie Farm

Sun 27th August 2017

Shake off that "Festival Fatigue"!!

Meet at 9.15am at Cycle path Tunnel next to Tesco's at Broughton Road.
We will cycle via Cramond Brig to Craigie Farm for coffee and cake - Hopefully sitting outside to enjoy the views and count the planes!!

From Craigie Farm to Ratho, via Boathouse Bridge (to watch a few more planes close up!) Kirkliston and Newbridge to Ratho.

Bring your own picnic to enjoy by the canal at Ratho.(there is also The Bridge Inn nearby)
Cycle home along the canal towpath to Lochrin Basin.

A leisurely cycle day out - about 25mls.

If you'd like to come please contact Sheelagh on Sheelagh@mellowvelo.org.uk

Cumbria Loop

Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd September 2017

Please note that 5 single beds (3 rooms) have been booked at Riverside B&B in Cockermouth which will be held until 1 August.

This is a wonderful varied ride starting from Carlisle, largely following the Solway Coast as far as Maryport. Then travelling inland to Cockermouth for the night. The second day, by contrast, takes us up into the hills in the morning with fantastic views looking down on to Bassenthwaite Lake, finishing with an easy afternoon back into Carlisle.

Details

We’ll leave Carlisle at 10am. Our trip loosely follows Route 72, heading out via Burgh by Sands along the River Eden to Bowness on Solway on the River Esk for coffee/lunch. Continuing on we wind through small villages to Silloth on the coast and from there largely with sea views to Maryport where we will stop for coffee. Then along quiet roads through Broughton Moor, Great Broughton and Papcastle to Cockermouth. This first day is fairly long – around 50 miles – but is flat so easy going. Accommodation is at the Riverside B&B where there is bike storage. The evening meal will be at a nearby restaurant.

The second day takes us along Route 10 up into the hills around Bassenthwaite Lake with memorable views. Then down into Hesket Newmarket for lunch where there’s a biker’s surprise! A few miles before Dalston there’s the option of an off road path through Lime House School (a diversion of Route 7). From Bridge End we follow the river into Dalston for coffee – inside or sitting outside in the park.

From Dalston we follow the river back to Carlisle (total 36 miles).

If interested please contact Anna on  Anna@mellowvelo.org.uk

Dawyck Gardens

Sat 7th - October 2017

A ride from Peebles to Dawyck Botanic Gardens via Eddleston, the Meldon Burn and Stobo. Autumn colour at Dawyck is lovely in October. The garden tour takes about 1.5 hours, leaving time for lunch at the café before returning on the south of the Tweed valley, avoiding the A72 via Lyne Station.

Total distance is around 30 miles with an ascent over the Meldon Hills after Eddleston and short steep hill back into Peebles. There is an entry fee to the gardens if you are not a member of Botanics.

Contact Elaine on Elaine@mellowvelo.org.uk

This and Sunday's ride can be combined to make a Peebles weekend.

Peebles Day Ride

Sun 8th - October 2017

Annual "Ken Maskell" Memorial ride.

Start from Peebles at the carpark on south side of river, leaving at 8.30am (meet at 8.15).

Route:- Peebles via Stobo, Tweedsmuir, Talla and Megget Reservoirs to St Mary's Loch, Gordon Arms, Traquair and Cardrona back to Peebles.

It's a 50 mile ride at a moderate pace, so we can get back to Peebles before dark.
Tea/coffee at Glenholm cafe, picnic near St Mary's Loch and possible short stop at Gordon Arms.

Contact Sandy on Sandy@mellowvelo.org.uk

Loch Katrine

Sat 28th October 2017

This ride is an annual event to mark the end of Summer Time. The route is an anticlockwise loop around Loch Katrine of about 32–38 miles. Last year the forecast was for wind and heavy rain, which was fairly typical. It is late October, after all, but there are plenty of cafés for shelter if the forecast is correct.

Meet at 10.00 in the café at the Scottish Wool Centre at the back of the car park in Aberfoyle. This ride is not practicable without a car unless you are unusually fit so please contact the organiser if you need a lift or can offer one.

The first part is through the forest on good tracks and involves a steepish climb… perfectly permissible to walk. Some people may prefer to stay on tarmac and ride over the Duke’s pass. Both routes climb about 700 feet. The rest of the route is all on tarmac. It takes us down to the east end of Loch Katrine (café), around the loch along the water board road to Stronachlachar (café) and from there back to Aberfoyle via Loch Ard (another café).

The road around the loch has several short, steep sections. OS Landranger maps 56 and 57.

Tiana’s account of the 2010 trip on the Past Rides page captures the spirit perfectly.

We usually stop for lunch at the east end of Loch Katrine and for tea and cakes at the west end.

Although the whole ride can be done on tarmac, parts are likely to be wet and covered with leaves (it’s autumn). Skinny or slick tyres are not really suitable; touring, hybrid or mountain bikes are fine.

Contact John on John@mellowvelo.org.uk