I've been asked to repeat the first loop I lead "Trails of Midlothian". However after bypass trails I realised I was winging it a wee bit due to lack of research time and the fact I have little research time before this run means I'm just going to do exactly what I did last time from Outside Halfords at Straiton Retail Park. However this now means I can reclass this run as Beginner Friendly. This is not to say that it does not have its challenges but most bits can be tackled by most riders.
If you like old school single track and following your nose around an area then this is your kind of trail riding. No manicured designed for purpose trails such as you'd find at Glentress or such like. Its rooty, muddy, loose with steps, fences, rocks at unexpected places and aggressive undergrowth with the added complexity of other non cycling trail users. Most of it doesn't 'Flow' which means by your skill you must master the terrain !!!
I will try to include a bit of the Penicuik Estate, a private estate containing a ruined stately home and many paths either side of the River North Esk as it winds through the area which the public are allowed to and ecouraged to use. To do this will involve the removal of bits passing through Penicuik and its public park but this means more time off road. I'll also remove the Straiton pond section near the end as it really just adds a mile we dont need !
There will be mud and nettles, goes without saying but I've said it anyway !!!!
Pub Stop will be Roslins 'Auld Original Hotel' a couple of miles from end.
To paraphrase the late great Bob Marley:
'No Helmet No Ride, No Woman No Pride :-)'
Wear a lid and keep those brains of yours protected.