What we're about

Belles on Bikes Edinburgh is a social cycling group for women of all ages and abilities. Our volunteer ride leaders organise regular routes with plenty of cake stops, so come along for a ride! Whether you want to start commuting by bike, cycle with family and friends at the weekend or just meet like-minded people, Belles on Bikes is for you.

Who supports Belles?

Belles on Bikes Edinburgh is currently supported through Cycling UK (http://www.cyclinguk.org). Belles on Bikes aims to support women to get cycling together in a friendly, inclusive and relaxed environment. All abilities are welcome. We cycle as a group and don't leave anyone behind.

How does Belles work?

Please keep the following in mind before coming on ride:

• Please RSVP to rides, put it in your diary and update your RSVP in good time if you can no longer attend. Our rides are often oversubscribed and as we are a completely volunteer-led group it's a real shame when folk do not turn up.

• Please be respectful. If you no show or cancel at the last minute, we will consider removing you from the group. Our ride leaders are volunteers, their time is valuable and they freely choose to give it so the Belles can enjoy cycling - we would appreciate it if you respected this.

• Please consider the route and the level of difficulty before attempting a ride. If you are unsure try one of the shorter, easier rides before coming on a longer, more difficult ride.

• It is our policy not to meet participants part-way through Belles rides. Please meet us at the start point - this is to ensure consistency, fairness and an easier logistical undertaking for our ride leader volunteers.

• Please always bring food and water with you and tell someone where you are going and who with. Bring your mobile phone and make sure you give an emergency contact number to ride leaders before setting off. Also bring some money as there is often a much needed cake/lunch stop built in.

• All rides are pre-planned by the group but you are responsible for your own safety at all times.

• Please make sure your bike is in good working order (complete with spare inner tube) and you have proper clothing for cycling. If in doubt please drop us a line and we'll do our best to help.

• If you don't visit the Meetup site for a long time we will remove you from the group. This is to keep our member numbers active and accurate. You're welcome to rejoin to attend rides.

We hope to see you at a ride soon!

Upcoming events (1)

Hermitage of Braid

Commonwealth Pool

PLEASE BE AWARE ITS THE EDINBURGH MARATHON WEEKEND SO THE QUEENS PARK IS CLOSED AS IS THE INNOCENT RAILWAY PATH, LINK TO THE ROAD CLOSURES BELOW TO HELP YOU PLAN HOW TO GET TO THE START. https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/edinburghmarathon- com/media/2019/03/[masked]/EMF_RoadClosures_2019.pdf Join Linda and Alexis on this lovely short loop. We'll set off from the Commonwealth Pool, and go down Priestfield Road before heading through the park behind Craigmillar Castle. We'll then ride through Inch Park to Blackford Hill & Hermitage of Braid Park, a beautiful set of paths where we will do the bulk of our uphill riding. From there we'll take to some quiet roads through Marchmont, the Meadows to the Commie Pool. ***Please RSVP only if you intend to come and put the date in your diary so you don't forget! We have had a lot of no-shows and last minute cancellations, meaning that other Belles can't ride.*** • DIFFICULTY: Easy. No skinny tyres, please. This is mostly on paths and quiet roads with the bulk of the climb in a park but there is some muddy surface (and sometimes a fair number of dogs!) so good bike handling skills are required. • DISTANCE: 8.3 miles (13 km) with about 300 ft (92 m) climbing • • SURFACE: mostly paved, with some unpaved paths through the Hermitage of Braid Park which can be very muddy. • BIKE: Any bike, as long as it's in good working order (no skinny tyres) https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2511761911 Don't Forget: • Appropriate clothes for the day - layers are best. Will you need sunscreen? • Spare inner tube • Snacks and water • Money for lunch/cake :-)

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Pentlands Four Reservoir Loop

Roseburn Crescent

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