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

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.

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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)

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 

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 north coast and a circular around Huntly). On Monday we will cycle to the station at Dyce.

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.

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

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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

5 Ferries

Sat 24th - Sun 25th June 2017

It’s the Five Ferries outing!
We meet at Ardrossan for the 12.30 sailing to Brodick. There is a '5 Ferries' ticket that can be bought at the terminal for £13.30

calmac.co.uk/tickets/five-ferries

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 £27:40. The connecting train leaves Glasgow central at 11.18am.

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). Seriously good cakes available at the Machrie Bay Golf Club and Community Hall machriebay tearoom.

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

Or, possibly eat at the Lochranza Hotel if required lochranzahotel.

Ferry 2) 9:30 to Claoanaig
Claoanaig to Tarbet 11 Miles Coffee stop or straight to ferry

Ferry 3) 11:15 to Portavadie (and every hour if you miss that one)
Portavadie to Tighnabruich 4.3 Miles for lunch
There was an excellent café called The Barn at Millcroft 2.2 miles from the ferry but it appears to be closed and up for sale.
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)
About 50/56 miles cycling in a day and a half. Stunning views and good company.

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 Claoanaig 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).

If interested please contact Simon on as soon as possible so all travel arrangements can be co-ordinated.

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

New Lanark

Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd July 2017

Note - change of direction!

Saturday:  Take train to Airdrie (trains every 10 to 15 minutes), and once everyone has met up in a local cafe, we shall set of eastwards initially along route 75, enjoying the only flat bit of the weekend's riding before taking some pleasant but quite hilly small roads southwards to Carluke where we can hopefully lunch in a social enterprise cafe.  After that continuing along various possible routes to New Lanark, depending upon how far people want to go and whether we want some time to look around New Lanark after arrival.  Distance approx. 25 - 35 miles depending upon route choice.

On Sunday we make our way back to Edinburgh along more minor roads via West Mains, Auchengray, Woolfords cottages, down to Livingston then into Edinburgh via canal, water of Leith, or train if you are tired by then!  This will be 35 miles to the outskirts of Edinburgh, 40 to the centre.

It's all quite hilly but there will be plenty of tea breaks and hopefully at least a couple of cafes on route.

Please contact Lynn on

Carlisle to Tweedbank

Sat 5th - Sun 6th August 2017

Take the train to Carlisle on Saturday morning, preferably to arrive by 10.15am.

Starting from Carlisle we will go via NCN72 to Walton (cafe) and then join the cycle Route 10 to Bewcastle to look at the ancient cross and have a picnic. Continue on the route 10 to 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. This is now full.

On Sunday We head North East and pass the former Saughtree station where there is a small engine and wagons - but no line - and onto Bonchester Bridge where we'll have lunch. Continue onto Denholm and Lilliesleaf where there is a cafe but as it closes at 4pm it will probably be a picnic stop.

Train back from Tweedbank (45 mins past the hour). c. 42 miles.

OS maps 85,86,79,80 and 73

If interested please email Tiana on

Please note that as the cottage is now full, anyone else interested in coming will have to arrange to stay in a B&B in Newcastleton.

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

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 

Glen Prosen revisited

Sat 16th - Sun 17th September 2017

Please note change of date

This is my attempt at a re-run of a successful MV weekend trip to Glen Prosen in 2007. As my weekend is in September we’ll have a bit more daylight and can leave Dundee later on the Sunday than folk did in late-October 2007. Will the weather be as good?

Setting off from Edinburgh, the trains to Dundee (at present) on Saturday morning are: Dep 08:00, Arr 09:23; Dep 08:28, Arr 09:38; Dep 09:00, Arr 10:22 and Dep 09:30, Arr 10:36. All Scot Rail. Please make a bike reservation too.

Leave Dundee on route 77 and head inland on minor roads to Kirkton and Newtyle (there was a cafe in 2007) where we may have lunch. Continuing on B954 before turning right onto a minor road towards Kirriemuir where there could be a later lunch or a coffee. We’ll need to buy food from local co-op for dinner at the hostel. We’ll leave on the B955 then onto Glen Prosen village to find the hostel.

Beds are £21 per person. please book your bed on-line. You pay a small deposit immediately and the balance is payable on arrival. The reception is open for one hour each day, and it’s proved difficult to get to speak to a real person in that hour to ask about a group booking. If we arrive in good time, we can cycle down to the end of the Glen and back to fully take in the scenery.

On Sunday we’ll head out from the hostel to cycle on the opposite bank of the River Prosen and head for Forfar and lunch there. Then onwards on B9128 to Carnoustie, and back into Dundee from the east and cycle the NCN1 alongside the railway line and into the city for the train home. Trains back to Edinburgh run at 16:24, 17:21, 18:18 and 19:16.

All this is subject to amendment once I have recce’d the route and visited the hostel.

Landranger maps 44, 53 and 54.

If interested please contact Jan M on

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

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

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