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 1st May 2021

What about from Edinburgh via Barnton - through Dalmeny estate - skipping SQ - into Dundas estate and home via Cammo?

If more than 6 (or whatever the Covid restrictions turn out to be) want to come, we'll have another leader pencilled in for a parallel/alternative ride.

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

Three Parks Day ride

Sat 12th June 2021

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 1 mile to the café-bar at the Footgolf Centre (also known as Family Golf Centre), which opens at 10am, and can provide ‘Second Breakfast’. It would then be 20 miles to to the Balvormie picnic area in Beecraigs Country Park, which would avoid the long queues at the popular Beecraigs Cafe, and also avoid re-tracing our tracks for a mile.

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 one of the two cafés nearby, only 9 miles from Balvormie, or picnicking 2 miles further on, in the public park at Kirknewton. From here it would be 12 miles to Haymarket, mainly along NCN75. 43 miles in Total.

The recently-revised train timetable for Sat 12 June 2021 shows a direct train departing from Waverley at 0906, arriving Cumbernauld 0953. I hope that most people will be able to get onto this. If not, the next trains leave Waverley at 0934 and 1004. I will get an earlier train from Linlithgow.

If interested, please contact Alastair M on .

Kirkcudbright

Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd or Mon 24th May 2021

Postponed because of Covid restrictions

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.

If interested please email Tiana on

Four Abbeys circuit

Sat 19th June 2021

A ride following the Four Abbeys cycle route via Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.

This is a 55 mile circular route linking the four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders at Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. There are trains to Tweedbank and from there it’s about a mile into Melrose for the start of the ride.

An alternative option is the Three Abbeys version taking a short cut between Roxburgh and Nisbet to give a 40 mile circuit. A second group could split from the main group at that point if they wished.

Please bring your own drinks, snacks, and picnic lunch. We should be able to find coffee and cake stops in Kelso and Jedburgh – more information will be available nearer the time.

If you're interested in coming on the ride please contact Anna on

Dayride to Pencaitland

Sat 17th July 2021

Meet outside Commonwealth Pool for a prompt departure at 10 am.

We will cycle out via Railway paths to Pencaitland for lunch/ coffee at Rosearista Coffee Shop. Returning through Tranent, Cockenzie and Musselburgh. Social distancing expected.

Bring masks for Pencaitland (Rosearista) Coffee Shop.
Bring other snacks as required and own repair kit and spare tube.

A leisurely cycle of 30 mls.

Please contact organiser beforehand, as numbers will be limited to a group of 8.
If you'd like to come please email Sheelagh on

A tour of the Yorkshire Wolds

Mon 19th - Fri 23rd July 2021

Please note change of date

An extended ride around the Yorkshire Wolds based on the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route. The Wolds are pleasant and rolling countryside, nowhere near as punishing as the Dales or the Moors. There are plenty of potential places to visit near the route, such as Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Flamborough Head, Beverley Minster and Wharram Percy deserted medieval village near Thixendale.

The plan for the full ride is to take the train to and from York. We will spend 4 nights in B&Bs near Malton, Hunmanby, Beverley and Thixendale. Shorter holidays are possible by taking the train to Malton on Friday and/or returning to York on Sunday (although that would miss some of the best scenery). The trip could be extended if anyone wished to stay longer. Accommodation has not yet been reserved.

Please contact John on

North Pennines: East and West Allendale

Sat 31st July - Sun 1st August 2021

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.

Alastair would appreciate early notes of interest.

Vale of Leven to Stirling

Sat 14th August 2021

This ride is a repeat of Alastair's popular adventure through the Vale of Leven, along the north side of the Fintry and Gargunnock Hills to finish in Stirling.

Take the train to Dalreoch (west of Dumbarton) to start the ride, or to Balloch if you prefer the option to shorten the distance by 6 miles.
Please bring your own drinks, snacks, and picnic lunch. We should be able to find coffee and cake stops in Balloch, Balfron and Gargunnock – more information will be available nearer the time.

If you're interested in coming on the trip please contact Anna on

Dayride to Ratho via Cramond Brig, and Kirkliston

Sat 28th August 2021

Please contact organiser beforehand, as numbers will be limited to a group of 6, due to some fairly narrow paths and social distancing, also in case of any changes or inclement weather.

Meet at 9.15 am at Cycle path Tunnel, next to Tescos at Broughton Road.
We will NOT be going to Craigie Farm, due to Covid restrictions.
We will cycle to Ratho via Cramond Brig, Kirkliston and Newbridge.

Please bring your own drinks, snacks, and picnic lunch. We will aim to have a "spaced out" picnic by the canal at Ratho.

We will cycle home via canal towpath. Please bring a mask, if you might feel a lack of distancing on the towpath.
A leisurely cycle of 25 mls.

If you'd like to come please contact Sheelagh on

Dumfries & Galloway

Sat 4th - Mon 6th September 2021

Train based cycling weekend in Dumfries and Galloway.

Train from Edinburgh to Maybole via Glasgow and Ayr. Currently (Jan 2021) the train service is not normal but the published timetable shows 13 trains a day between Glasgow and Maybole so it should be possible to get there in reasonable time for the first day. Return will be from Dumfries. There could also be a car based option but the route on the final day would have to diverge after Castle Douglas to enable car owners to get to their vehicles. Maybole is about 70 miles from Edinburgh via the A70.

Day One, 35 miles - South from Maybole on Route 7 of the National Cycle network via Crosshill and the Nick of the Balloch (hilly) to Glentrool. Continue south on the east bank of the River Cree to Newton Stewart. Possibly stay at Bruce Hotel in Newton Stewart, but there are plenty of B&B options too. Crosshill is an interesting old weaving village and we also pass old oak woods in the Wood of Cree, a nature reserve. There will be masses of flowers in this area in the springtime.

Day Two, 34 miles – South east from Newton Stewart still on NCN Route 7 to Creetown, a railway path avoids the A75. After Creetown we turn north east on a hilly minor road via the Water of Fleet to Gatehouse of Fleet. There are some nice pubs here to have lunch. After Gatehouse we continue south on easy paths via Cally Park and the seashore to the B727 via Borgue and the River Dee to Kirkcudbright possibly in the Arden House Hotel.

Day Three, 40 Miles – from Kirkcudbright we continue east on NCN (B727) to Gelston, then B736 to Castle Douglas. Lunch here, then leave the NCN to travel on minor roads, going Clarebrand, Old Bridge of Urr, Kirkpatrick Durham, Glenkiln (steady climb), Shawhead, Terregles, Dumfries then train home. Car owners would probably have to leave at Kirkpatrick Durham to get back to their vehicles.

If interested please contact Harry as soon as possible on

 

Lunch at the Lobster Pot, Blackness

Sat 18th September 2021

35 miles approx. We'll be going via South Queensferry. Back via Kirkliston. Approximately half of the route will be off-road.

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

There'll be a maximum of 10 people.

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Loch Katrine

Sat 30th October 2021

Sorry, this ride has been cancelled

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