WHW - Milngavie to Balmaha and back

A long day in the saddle following the WHW from Milngavie to Balmaha and back again. The total distance will be around 45 miles and we'll climb Conic Hill and descend to Balmaha, grab some refreshments then head back the way we came. Towards the end we'll have the climb back up Tinker's Loan to look forward to...

This isn't a ride for beginners. It will be a long day and although the path on Conic Hill has apparently been resurfaced it's still a challenging climb and descent in both directions. The Conic Hill climb out of Balmaha is around 1,000ft in a little over a mile and a half, which is steep.

Make sure your bike is in good working order. If you have a mechanical there are no bail out routes. This is reasonably remote riding so come properly equipped with tools, spares, appropriate clothing, food and most importantly a helmet. No helmet = no ride.

If you've got a bell, it's worth fitting it as we will definitely encounter walkers along the way. The phrase "excuse me" doesn't appear to register with them so a bell is by far the best way to let them know we're there. Given the popularity of the WHW at this time of year I'm doing this early on a Sunday to try and avoid most of the walkers. I reckon those doing the full thing will most likely set off on a Saturday, and hopefully those out for a Sunday stroll will still be in their beds.

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  • colin c.

    clearly i bumped into u guys halfway up Conic Hill and didn't even realise u were from here. im the stupid looking guy in one of the photos. Was a long fun ride tho, even the walkers were a laugh. Pretty sure The Beech Tree on the way home saved my life. (burger and a pint of coke works wanders) Glad u guys enjoyed it as much as I did. Lets hope tis weather continues :D

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day out, epic ! pushed bikes all day, thanks to Sarah and Neil for a day to remember, well done Sarah on trail side repairs, nothing seemed to faze you, we did have some great weather and views, might not be back to Conich hill on a pushbike in a hurry though !

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Sarah w.

    Almost killed me & my bike... Fun though! I'm off to shop online for bike parts that are deaded.

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Sarah w.

    Was fun... Ish. I'm dead.
    Chain snapped twice, 1 puncture, 1 broken rear rim, my bike needs tlc after that epic! :D tlc for me first though... Can't... Move...

    July 7, 2013

  • Bob M.

    GUYS - SORRY FOR THE LAST MINUTE NOTICE BUT IVE SUFFERED A BIZARRE (AND EMBARRASSING) INJURY THAT MEANS I CANT MAKE IT TODAY. FEEL FREE TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE RIDE WITHOUT ME. ITS EASY TO FOLLOW AS ITS SIGNPOSTED.

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Scott B.

      I'm gonna ask Mrs Bob later for your sicknote!

      July 7, 2013

    • Bob M.

      Oh don't worry, she'll take great pleasure in telling you what's wrong with me...

      2 · July 7, 2013

  • colin c.

    Hi,
    Antonio I am in the same boat as you mate, but will be heading up that way too.

    July 7, 2013

  • Antonio

    Sorry guys, 1st train leaving Glasgow only arrives at Milngavie @ 9:30 =/
    Will just tour around Milngavie :)
    Enjoy your ride!

    July 7, 2013

  • Neil M.

    Is anyone able to pick me and my bike up tomorrow morning in East kilbride? i don't mind coughing up for petrol
    or I'll have to get a Taxi in

    July 6, 2013

  • Pammie b.

    Sorry I'm bailing already! Someone look after Sarah for me ;)

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Sarah w.

      Sad face!

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Pammie b.

      Sorry Sarah :( I will make it up to you on Mondays ride!

      July 4, 2013

  • Steph

    I'll be camping up that way with the bike so will keep an eye open for y'all..

    July 4, 2013

  • Paul G.

    Sorry, I'm yet again without a bike. Will be getting one soon. Enjoy.

    July 4, 2013

  • Bob M.

    Scott, unless you've got an evil twin, you're signed up for this and Glentress ;)

    2 · July 4, 2013

    • Scott B.

      Oops sorry, the evil twin is not getting out.

      July 4, 2013

  • Antonio

    Are there any places to stop & eat a nice burger (& cake in the end) or this is fairly remote and we should carry our very own feast? :P

    July 3, 2013

  • Sarah w.

    Tempted but thinking need some skills practice first, maybe next time!

    June 27, 2013

    • Scott B.

      Teenage mutant ninja turtle armour on then!

      1 · June 28, 2013

    • Antonio

      Heroes in a half-shell! xD

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • Pammie b.

    I use my hope hubs as a bell...does the same job :) do you think I'll be able for this bob? Shall make sure I don't have a hangover...

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Scott B.

      A bell? I want a air horn! >:-D

      June 28, 2013

    • Neil M.

      i have hope 2 pro evo hubs as well but i'm bring the air horn off my road bike and I'm going to scare the site out of all the walkers

      June 28, 2013

  • Neil M.

    Any idea on how long this will take?

    June 27, 2013

    • Scott B.

      That sounds like some proper riding.

      June 28, 2013

    • Bob M.

      Last time I did it, albeit with an untintentional diversion via Balloch (thanks Katie ;-) we did 53.5 miles in 6 hours of riding, although we were out for 8 http://app.strava.com...­

      June 28, 2013

  • Sarah w.

    I hold Pamela responsible for me!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • yvonne r.

    Am working would of loved to come along. Defo next time. Enjoy

    June 27, 2013

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