Cycle Rides from 2021
Great cycling tours, routes, cafés and anecdotes
Saturday 1st May 2021
Launched at Last!
The original plan was to cycle through the Dalmeny and Dundas Estates but there were route restrictions due to lambing, so we decided to cycle to Ormiston instead.
There were seven of us. Covid-19 restrictions stated a maximum group size of six, so four set off early and three later. From the Commonwealth Pool, via the Innocent Line, Queen Margaret University and Whitecraig, we were soon at Smeaton Shaw and Crossgatehall. Climbing to Cousland, the significant climb of the day, we got good views of the Pentlands. Two miles east of Cousland we stopped for lunch at Hadfest, a nature reserve managed by Scottish Wildlife Trust. There was a picnic table, laminated information sheets and an excellent notice board. We were fascinated to learn that a Goldcrest, weighing just 5.5grms, had flown there from Sweden – a distance of 1595km. – in just 40 days!
One left at this point meaning we could now travel as one group. We headed east to Ormiston where we admired the unusual war memorial. After a short climb, we were soon at Tranent where we took the off-road track towards the Monument to the Battle of Prestonpans. At the bottom of the very pleasant descent, we turned sharp left, onto Brickworks Road, staying off-road. We then turned right crossing the A1 and the railway line to arrive at the impressive Preston Tower for a short rest and snack.
We continued to Prestonpans then took the coast road to Fisherrow for coffee or ice-cream in the harbour and the essential Mellowvelo photo. We returned home via Duddingston.
Again, because of Covid-19, rides may be postponed or cancelled.
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