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 28th March 2020

Ride to Merry Hatton Garden Centre.

I suggest we meet at Fisherrow opposite the Harbour Cafe at 10 a.m.

From Fisherrow, we'll go to Longniddry. We will take the B1377 through Drem for a straightforward 20 miles to Merryhatton Garden Centre for lunch.
The afternoon route is by North Berwick and along the coast road to Dirleton, Fenton Barns to Aberlady and on to Musselburgh on the coast road.
Tea at Gosford Bothy or Musselburgh. Total distance 45miles.

A more hilly route might be offered if the weather is good....

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

Spokes Sunday Rides

Sun 3rd 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

Three Parks Day ride

Sat 25th April 2019

The route I propose would be from Cumbernauld Station, due east to Haymarket, with a high proportion of the route either on minor roads with almost no traffic, or on well-surfaced off-road cycle paths.

From Cumbernauld station it is only 2 miles to the café at Palacerigg Country Park, which opens at 10am, and could provide ‘Second Breakfast’. It would then be 20 miles to Beecraigs Country Park, where the former posh restaurant has recently been replaced by a cafe which would be ideal for our lunch, or we might prefer to use the Park’s picnic area.

We would then head for Almondell Country Park, which we would pass over on the Camps Viaduct on our way to tea and scones at a nearby Garden Centre (closes 4pm, but only 10 miles from Beecraigs). From here it would be 13 miles to Haymarket, mainly along NCN75. 45 miles in Total.

I suggest the 0835 from Waverley, arr Cumbernauld at 0924; with the following train for any overflow: dep 0906, arr Cumbernauld 0954.

If interested, please contact Alastair M on .

Stirling

Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd May 2020

A weekend based on Stirling Hostel - A loop north via Thornhill and a loop west via Gargunnock.

If interested please contact Barbara on

Kirkcudbright

Sat 13th – Sun 14th or Mon 15th June 2020

Staying at Castle Creavie Hostel. I have booked 4 places for Sat night so far...

Sat: Train to Barrhill
Cycle to Newton Stewart on B road then NCN7 to Kirkcudbright. (c 47 miles)
Hostel has option of catered breakfast and / or evening meal.
Shop is in Kirkcudbright.
If staying 2 nights Sunday can be spent in Kirkcudbright area.
Broughton House and Garden; various art galleries – even a cycle ride!

Sun/Mon:
Cycle to Dumfries mostly on NCN7 (c 30 miles)
Train home via Carlisle.
Note there are engineering works between Carstairs and Carlisle on every weekend from 4th April till 7th June. As this is only one weekend after, there is a risk of having to return via Glasgow on the Sunday (2 trains only) if the line is still closed.

If interested please email Tiana on

Edinburgh - St Andrews

Saturday 13th June 2020

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

Northumberland

Fri 3rd - Sun 5th July 2020

Fri: Train to Corbridge via Newcastle, cycle to Bellingham (ca 35 miles). Accommodation available at Brown Rigg Guest Rooms for (at present checking) 4 adults in 2 twin rooms.

Sat: Bellingham to Rothbury, stay at Bunkhouse at Cragside (with plenty time on same day for visit round Cragside house and gardens).

Sun: Work back east and southwards via the unparalleled Druridge Bay to Morpeth, train home from there.

All moderate distances. Variations possible: eg.
- Train to Newcastle on the Thursday, cycle to Corbridge (find overnight accommodation there, not checked). Either back route along site of the Wall, or along the river Tyne.
- longer route northwards on the Sunday to pick up train at Berwick. Not planning on doing this myself.
- meandering route north then south on the Sunday to pick up train at Alnmouth.
Have checked out accommodation for first weekend of July, to miss the start of the English school holidays, and looks good for the two places I’ve identified.

If interested please email Sue on

Yorkshire Wolds

July 2020

tbc

Please contact John on

North Pennines: East and West Allendale

Sat 1st - Sun 2nd August 2020

The targets are Kilhope Moor which, at 2056 feet (626m), is the highest classified road in England; and the Staward Hairpins, which are one of the few sets of properly-engineered alpine-style hairpin-bends in England. Both of these could be included in a circuit beginning north of the Pennines, round about Haydon Bridge, going south, up East Allendale past Allendale town and Allenheads, and over to the head of Weardale, then west over Kilhope Moor, and down past Nenthead to finish at Alston on Sat night (30 miles, mostly uphill!).

On Sunday, north-east over to West Allendale, up the Staward Hairpins, then there is a choice of delightful minor roads near Langley Castle and the Allenbanks estate, leading to a footbridge over the South Tyne near Bardon Mill station. This would make only 20-22 miles for the day, so we might wish to turn west and follow the old road to Haltwhistle (making 25-27 miles), especially as more trains stop at Haltwhistle than at Bardon Mill.

For the proposed ride, we can use either the west or east coast main lines, to travel from Edinburgh to Carlisle or Newcastle, then use the trains on the Newcastle-Carlisle line to get to the stations where we start/finish cycling, which would be roughly half way between Newcastle and Carlisle. In addition to the station at Haydon Bridge, we might consider Hexham, Bardon Mill, or Haltwhistle. These trains (Northern Rail) each have 2 cycle spaces. These cannot be reserved. Using the timetables for Feb 2020, the possibilities would be as follows.

For the outward journey on the Sat morning, if we prefer to leave Edinburgh between 0730 and 0830, there are no less than 5 trains to Newcastle. These connect with 4 westbound trains. All of these stop at Hexham, but only one stops at Haydon Bridge, and none stop at Bardon Mill. This suggests we should start our ride at Hexham, where arrival times range from 0954 to 1054. Only one west coast mainline train leaves Edinburgh between 0730 and 0830. It connects at Carlisle with a train which reaches Hexham at 1039.

When coming back on the Sunday evening, if we wish to start back between 1600 and 1900, there is not much to choose between a return by Carlisle or by Newcastle: combining both routes, there is a total of 6 suitable connections from Haydon Bridge or Haltwhistle, 3 of which could alternatively be boarded at Bardon Mill. Arrival times at Waverley range from 1908 to 2139.

I have booked six places at Alston YH, which proved ideal in 2019.

If you are interested please email Alastair M on

Perth to Birnam loop

Sat 15th - Sun 16th August 2020

Day 1
We’ll meet for the start of the ride at Perth station.
The route takes us north along the River Tay for a few miles before following the path of the River Almond through Glen Almond and Straath Braan.
Our accommodation is Jessie Mac’s hostel in Birnam, a refurbished Victorian manse, which has a bike shed. There are cooked breakfast options available for those that choose, including porridge served with Scotch whisky, cream & honey!
About 36/40 miles

Day 2 takes us out east past Loch of the Lowes, Loch of Clunie and Loch of Drumellie. Looping back in along the River Isla and then the River Tay brings us to Rohaillion Loch. From here south following NCN 77 back to Perth.
About 40/45 miles

Six beds have been reserved at Jessie Mac’s @ £23 each

If interested please contact Anna on

Dayride to Craigie Farm

Sun 29th August 2020

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

Eastern Lakes

Sat 12th - Sun 13th September 2020

I am thinking of a route from Oxenholme to a hostel in the Coniston area and back.

Details to follow.

If interested please contact Alec on 

Loch Katrine

Sat 24th October 2020

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, but like the year before turned out much better. It is late October, after all, but there are plenty of cafés for shelter if the forecast is correct.

The cyclists' cafe played a role in events in 2018 but not to feed us. To thank them for their help some thought it a good idea to meet there instead of at the Scottish Wool Centre. So this year we will meet at 10.00am in the café at Aberfoyle Bike hire in Main St, opposite 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 Simon on