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 24th March 2018

The plan is to meet at Bathgate for coffee, setting off from there at 10.30am.

Turn left onto the B7002 (Whitburn Road) and then bear left having crossed the river onto cycle route NCN75. Follow this off-road route to Blackridge (7 miles). Turn north there onto the B718 to climb to Gowanbank Barn.

Join the B8028 into Avonbridge, fork right at the second church onto the B825, then right for Candie-end and left to cross the A801. From there take the (possibly muddy) track into Muiravonside Country Park. We’ll eat lunch at the Steading Café (01506 671290) (15 miles).
Leave the Park and rejoin the B825. Cross the Union Canal and take the towpath, via the Avon Viaduct, to Linlithgow.

Turn right on to Preston Road to Beecraigs Country Park. Continue south via Beecraigs playpark, right at the T-junction and then left passed the standing stone to reach Drumcross Road. Turn left onto Dalbardie Road as you come into Bathgate, cross Majoribanks Street (left then right in fact) onto Academy Street and back to Bathgate station.

If you're interested in joining us for the ride, please email Anna on 

This is so that I can (a) provide you with details of the coffee shop where we'll meet, (b) provide you with final information about the ride once the recci has been carried out, (c) collect numbers for the cafe, which would like a call a week in advance.
Look forward to seeing you all again!

Spokes Sunday Rides

Sun 4th 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

Five Ferries

Sat 7th - Sun 8th April 2018

Saturday: Train to Ardrossan, ferry to Brodick, cycle via the west coast of Arran to Lochranza. Overnight in Lochranza Youth Hostel.

Sunday: cycle through Kintyre, Cowal and Bute, including the ferries Lochranza-Claonaig, Tarbert-Portavadie, Colintraive-Rhubodach, Rothesay-Wemyss Bay. Train back from Wemyss Bay.

Please contact Alec on 

Oban

Fri 27th - Mon 30th April 2018

The accommodation is at Oban at the SYHA hostel. There will be 2 full days cycling, but for most people this will mean 3 nights away (Fri 27, Sat 28, and Sun 29 April), though a few might be able to get back to Glasgow or Edinburgh on the last trains on Sunday.

My proposal is: Saturday to be spent on Mull visiting Lochbuie and Sunday on Lismore.

Saturday: Mull -Take the ferry from Oban to Craignure. The ride from Craignure to Lochbuie and back is 28.2 miles round-trip, or 35.4 if you include a side trip to Croggan. There is one big climb up to 100m, otherwise fairly flat. In 2017, I explored this route with another cycling group, who made various superlative comments about it. Return to Oban via Craignure.

Sunday: Lismore can be cycled in one of 3 ways. (A) Car ferry from Oban both ways, and explore every tarred road on the island, making a total of 26.6 miles. (B) Go by car ferry, leave by foot ferry to Port Appin, then cycle back clockwise to Oban on the mainland, mainly by NCR78 which is now largely traffic-free and hard-surfaced, giving a distance of 30.5 or 35.5 or 40.6 miles for the day, depending on the exact route chosen. (C) The latter route can also be done anti-clockwise. All three of these routes should work OK on a Sunday.

Please first book your train and then your accommodation at the SYHA at Oban (01631 562 025) and say you are part of the Mellow Velo group. I have reserved two 4-bunked rooms in an annexe, one of which has been paid for, so please check first with me to ensure that paid beds are taken first.

Those who hope to join the group should let Alastair know the progress of their arrangements by Emailing: Alastair M on .

Around the Howgill Fells

Sat 12th - Sun 13th May 2018

A clockwise loop around the Howgill Fells, taking the train to Oxenholme and staying in the hostel at Kirkby Stephen (£20).

The route follows NCN70 on Saturday. It starts with a climb away from Oxenholme, a descent to the River Lune and a steep climb out of the valley to Howgill. We'll then head north to Orton (café) and ride over the fells to Kirkby Stephen. About 32 miles.

The hostel provided a meal when we last stayed but there is a grocery shop opposite or several places to eat out.

We have a choice of routes on Sunday. A steady climb up the Eden valley leads to Garsdale Head. The easier route from here is to coast down Garsdale to Sedburgh; unfortunately this is an A road although usually not too busy. Alternatively, a very steep hill climbs nearly 1000 feet over Galloway Gate to Cowgill, after which it's an easier ride down Dentdale and thence to Sedburgh. We head north on NCN68 back to Howgill and retrace the route to Oxenholme. The full route is 40 miles but can be reduced if conditions are unfavourable.

Suggested direct trains out are the 08.52 (or 08.12) from Edinburgh or the 09.06 from Glasgow (which doesn't have many direct trains to Oxenholme). Return on the 17.28, 18.23 or later to Edinburgh or the 18.11 to Glasgow.

OS landranger maps 91, 97 and 98.

Please contact John on as soon as possible if you plan to come so that we can book a suitable room at the hostel.

Hadrian's Wall

Fri 1st - Sun 3rd June 2018

The purpose is to cycle from Carlisle to Newcastle spending a good part of Saturday at Vindolanda.

We'll stay two nights at The Sill, the hostel on Hadrian's Wall (near Bardon Mill.)  That will be June 1st and 2nd.  

Later on we'll sort our trains to Carlisle on the Friday and back from Newcastle on Sunday, June 3rd.

The hostel is new and is filling up.  You can book online or ring 0345 3719 0444.  Members pay £18 per night. (Non-members £21).    If you ask, you may get in the same room as Tiana and me.  Rooms are 4-bedded.

I hope you fancy coming.

Please contact Barbara on

Morvern, Sunart, Ardnamurchan, Mull

Sat 16th - Mon 18th June 2018

SATURDAY (28 miles) - Depart Oban on 12.20 ferry to Craignure (Mull) arriving.13.10. Cycle to Fishnish, catch ferry to Lochaline. Cycle Lochaline, Gleann Dubh, Strontian. Stay at Ariundle Centre. (Hostel type accommodation 01967-402279).

SUNDAY (30 miles)– Cycle via Loch Sunart to Ardnamurchan. Sail from Kilchoan to Tobermory on Mull. Stay at Tobermory SYHA.

MONDAY (43 miles)– Cycle Tobermory, Dervaig, Calgary Bay, Salen, Craignure. Catch ferry to Oban.

NOTES
At the time of writing (1 March) there was space in the Ariundle Centre and at Tobermory Youth Hostel. Expressions of interest please ASAP. The last ferry is 16.45 from Kilchoan.

If you are interested please contact Harry on asap as hostel places and bikes on trains will need to be booked in advance.

Edinburgh - St Andrews

Saturday 16th June 2018

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

New Lanark

Sat 30th June - Sun 1st July 2018

An opportunity to discover a new area, and if the weather is good, experience the panoramic views from the Bathgate and Lanarkshire uplands (I'm avoiding the word "hills", but there may be just one or two).

The plan is to congregate at a cafe in Drumgelloch, to which there are frequent trains, then cycle along minor roads to Carluke, where we can have lunch at an excellent Social Enterprise Cafe, then on to New Lanark where we will stay at the "New Row" hostel.

Distance is about 30 miles to allow for a leisurely pace and some time to explore New Lanark when we arrive. We will eat in the hostel after collecting food in Lanark.

On Sunday we take minor roads skirting the Pentlands back to Edinburgh. To the centre of Edinburgh it's about 40 miles, but there is the option of getting on the train at Livingston South to cut it down to less than 30. Though initially gradually uphill, the second half of the day is all downhill or flat. No cafes out here though so packed lunches recommended.

Please let me know if you would like to come ASAP. I've reserved two 3 bedded rooms so far, so if you would like to go, contact me regarding payment, which will be £23 for the hostel, so I can secure your space.

Hope you can come!

Please contact Lynn on

Pitlochry

Sat 14th - Sun 15th July 2018

Based at the Youth Hostel in Pitlochry.

Possibly going round Tummel Bridge (and back) on Saturday (30 miles) and over to Aberfeldy  and back (another 30 miles) on Sunday.

If interested please contact Simon on

Alnmouth to Berwick upon Tweed

Sat 28th - Sun 29th July 2018

Starting from Alnmouth at about 9.15am, the plan is to cycle north to Bamburgh mostly on the NCN1.

There is an opportunity for coffee and cake at Eleanor's Byre just south of Embleton. If Bamburgh is not too busy we can have lunch at a cafe there, otherwise we can grab a snack at the Pantry and go three miles down the road to Lucker and enjoy a soup and sandwich at the Apple Inn. After lunch we continue to North Charlton where we cross the A1. There is a cafe but it closes at 4pm. If we have spent time in both Bamburgh and Lucker we will be too late but can picnic at the top of the climb across Charlton / Hepburn moor where there is an ice cream stand. Continue into Wooler - 45 miles.

If we run short of time, it is 35 miles to go via Belford from Bamburgh.

Stay at Wooler YHA. There is a co-op at Wooler open till 11pm

On Sunday we'll head in a general north east direction to Berwick upon Tweed via Etal (lunch) and Paxton (cafe). 30 miles.

There are many possible distractions - visit Lady Waterford Hall in Ford; Travel on the Heatherlaw-Etal miniature railway; visit the Heatherslaw corn mill; visit Norham castle or the Chain Bridge Honey Farm to name but five.

If interested please email Tiana on

Dayride from Stow

Sat 11th August 2018

Stow circuit to Innerleithen, café stop in Innerleithen. (39 miles)

9:30 start from Stow Station.

If interested please email Eibhlin on

Dayride from Tweedbank

Sat 18th August 2018

Details to Follow

If interested please phone Keith

Dayride to Craigie Farm

Sun 26th August 2018

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

5 Lochs – Bridge of Allan to Glasgow

Sat 8th - Sun 9th September 2018

Saturday (42 miles) - We’ll meet at a coffee shop in Bridge of Allan and then cycle west using quiet roads to Doune and onto Callander. From there we follow Route 7 along the southern side of Loch Venachar and Loch Achray to Loch Katrine. Our route continues along the north of the Loch round to Stronachlachar. From here it’s a short ride along Loch Arklet to Inversnaid Bunkhouse where rooms have been booked.

The bunkhouse has a restaurant or we can cater for ourselves.

Sunday (37 miles) - On day 2 we take the ferry at 10.30am from Inversnaid Hotel across to Tarbet. From there we follow Route 40 south along Loch Lomond to Balloch. There’s a scenic optional loop with views out over the marina and Loch Lomond of about 2 miles long up to Balloch Castle.

Then south along the River Leven to Dalreoch, joining the Forth & Clyde canal at Bowling as far as Westerton.

The station at Westerton is next to the canal and provides an easy through route to Edinburgh on the North Clyde Line but there are plenty of other options for those looking for a shorter day.

If interested please contact Anna on 

Peebles Day Ride

Sun 30th September 2018

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

Loch Katrine

Sat 27th October 2018

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