• Ratho loop

    Russell Road Zig Zags

    Difficulty: Intermediate Distance: 22 miles Climb: 1000 ft Bike: Hybrids, cross and mountain bike. No skinny tyres please. Surfaces are mixed and can be muddy. Please try and be a bit early, we're leaving at 10am sharp. The early cyclist catches the worm (aka quiet routes)... Route link: https://www.strava.com/routes/3220838 Roseburn - Davidson's Mains - Barnton - Dalmeny - Ratho Station - Ratho - Union Canal - Water of Leith - Roseburn (http://www.strava.com/routes/3220838) Join Claire and Rowam on this enjoyable 22 mile loop exploring out to the west of Edinburgh. Starting at Russell Road, we'll pick up the Roseburn Path. This will take us all the way out to Barnton, where we join up with NCN1 and connect with the quiet village of Dalmeny. We'll get onto the path link (an old railway line) that brings us out at the A8 trunk road after passing by the airport. Some shared path and a bridge over the multitude of cars onto a short stretch of road will bring us out to Ratho, where we'll stop at the Bridge Inn and get some food. The return leg is along the canal, making this route very pleasant and a great wee loop back to our starting point. ----------- The usual reminder applies RE RSVPs. If you can no longer make it, please update your RSVP in good time so that someone else can come. This is extra important for this ride, as I will book us a table at the Bridge Inn a few days before to guarantee a seat, and we'll need correct numbers :) IMPORTANT: If there is a forecast for atrocious weather, the ride will be cancelled/postponed or amended: please check the Meetup site before setting off in the morning! And if you have a place do update your RSVP to let us know if you can no longer make it. Reminders and what to bring: • Spare inner tubes (right size for your tyres) • Water • Money for lunch • Snacks for the ride • Waterproofs, gloves and layers

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  • Little France & Roslin via some new-ish cycle paths!

    Royal Commonwealth Pool

    **Please read the description before signing up for this ride! It is pitched as intermediate level and has some hills. Not for beginners due to gradients and mix of terrains!** Ride Description:- Difficulty: Intermediate as there are quite a few (gentle) hills, with a short gravelly/unpaved bit through Craigmillar Castle Park (not technically difficult). Distance: 20 miles/33 km with 300m/1000 ft climbing. Route: Mostly on cycle paths and quiet back roads with a couple of short sections on busier roads. Surfaces: Mixed. Mostly tarmac but it can be a little muddy on the short stretch through Craigmillar Castle Park, there is also a bit of gravel path. All tyres should be OK, even skinny tyres, just ride according to the conditions. Route map: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/2687025682/ Join Alexs and Stella for a ride along some new-ish off-road paths and links (mostly tarmac), exploring some of the lesser known suburbs and villages of Edinburgh and surroundings on our way to Roslin. We'll start off from the Commonwealth Pool, head down the Innocent path and follow the signs for the designated quiet route through Craigmillar to the Royal Infirmary. From here will join the newly created Wisp cycle path that meanders up towards Danderhall with some nice views over the city and towards East Lothian. At the top we cross over a busy road (The Wisp) and head through Danderhall and some of the new estates popping up around Shawfair, to the old Newton Village church. Soon afterwards we join another new-ish cycle path that takes us onto the Roslin railway path. The lunch stop will be Dolly's Tea Room in Roslin or if it is busy, the pub across the road. The return route retraces the railway path to Lasswade Road and then via some backstreets through Gilmerton and eventually rejoining the cycle path at the Royal Infirmary towards Craigmillar Castle Park. There is a nice wee climb here to the entrance to the park :-) Cycling through the park we will be on some gravel paths until we come out onto the tarmac shared use path at Peffermill. From here we will go through the Kings Haugh Industrial Estate to join the Innocent Railway Path and return to the start at the Commonwealth Pool. **Please keep your RSVP up to date if you have a place and can no longer join the ride. Oh and keep an eye on Meetup before setting off in the morning, in case we have to cancel or make changes at the last minute. Thanks!*** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold, wet or sunny ), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-)

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  • Haddington

    Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh

    • DIFFICULTY: intermediate due to the distance • DISTANCE: 34 miles (55 km) with 900ft (270 m) climbing • OVERVIEW: We'll keep our usual average rolling speed on the flat of 10-12 mph (not on the uphill obviously!). While the route mostly follows quiet roads and separated paths, there is some cycling along busier roads. This ride is best suited for those who are reasonably fit and confident with some riding in traffic. There are some hills but nothing too steep or long, and a good opportunity to have a go if you've not done too many slightly longer rides recently. Having said all of this, it'll still be a relaxed ride and nobody will be left behind, as usual! *** PLEASE ARRIVE FOR 9.55 AT THE LATEST, WE WANT TO GET GOING BY 10:00 ***We've had quite a lot of no-shows or late cancellations recently, which is not fair on the ride leaders and riders, and especially if there is a waiting list - Please keep your RSVP up to date if you have a place and can no longer join the ride*** • IMPORTANT: If there is a forecast for atrocious weather, the ride will be shortened/cancelled/postponed - please check the Meetup site before setting off in the morning! • SURFACE: While much of the ride is on tarmac, we will use the Pencaitland and Haddington railway paths (recently resurfaced gravel path), and the gravel paths around the Musselburgh ash lagoons. So really narrow road tyres will be rather uncomfortable, and it's likely to be muddy in places with all the recent rain, and the predicted showery weather during the coming week • BIKE: Your bike needs to be in good working order, especially gears and brakes. • ROUTE - Now revised due to Half marathon road closures Fisherrow - Whitecraig - Pencaitland path - West Saltoun - Haddington - Haddington railway path - Seaton - coastal route back to Fisherrow return via Gladsmuir, Penston, Elphinstone. Leaving from one of our familar starting points at Fisherrow harbour, we join the Esk path towards Whitecraig and along the Dalkeith railway path towards Smeaton Bing (smaller hills, probably the steepest of the day). We'll join the Pencaitland path at the western end and follow it all the way to the eastern end near Glenkinchie distillery, where we pop out onto quiet lanes. We'll roll through West Saltoun and Samuelston, trending mostly downhill, and past the Agnes Burns monument just before Haddington. We'll stop for lunch in Haddington. From Haddington, we follow the cycle path alongside the A199 to Gladsmuir, then onto a farm track mostly downhill to New Winton. We will take some minor roads to Elphinstone where we rejoin the Pencaitland and Esk paths to the start. *************** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold or wet, or roasting hot), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget! • Will you need sun screen? • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-) • Please keep your RSVP updated and remove yourself from the list if you can no longer make it, as a courtesy to others, if there is a waiting list. Thanks!

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  • An adventure to Craigie's Farm!

    Russell Road

    PLEASE CHECK MEETUP ON DAY OF RIDE TO CONFIRM IT'S GOING AHEAD - it may be cancelled due to horrible weather or unforeseen circumstances. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ - Distance: 25 miles - Difficulty: Intermediate to intermediate+ depending on your fitness - Climb: 1,400 feet in total (couple of hills but nothing horrific) - Bike: Hybrid, Cross, Gravel/Adventure or MTB. No skinny tyres please. - Terrain: Mixture of gravelly off-road, well-maintained path and quiet roads. One small stretch of slightly busier road, several cattle grids. Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/21601215 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Join Claire and Rebecca as we explore some of the lovely estates, off-road paths and quieter roads to the west of the city, with a well-earned cafe stop at Craigie's Farm for lunch or tea/cake. We'll start at the Russell Road zigzags, getting us on to the North Edinburgh Path Network. After zooming down to Barnton mainly off-road, we'll pick up the NCN76 through the Dalmeny Estate. We'll explore some of the paths in the estate, making a wee detour to see the easter island heads (!), before heading on through Dalmeny and then taking a sneaky farmer's track to Craigie's Farm. After our tea stop, we'll cycle a slightly busier stretch of road to connect to the River Almond and Cammo Estate and explore a few paths in there, before heading back to Roseburn via the city's quiet route 9. Note - we will be passing through a field with sheep and cows, and the Cammo estate can be full of dogs and dog walkers, so just a heads up for participants. Some of the sections are quite gravelly and there are several cattle grids, so good bike handling skills are needed. Any questions, please pop them up and we'll do our best to answer them! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold or wet, or roasting hot), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheel size/tyre - do not forget! • Will you need sun screen? • Snacks and water • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-) • Please keep your RSVP updated and remove yourself from the list if you can no longer make it, as a courtesy to others, if there is a waiting list. Thanks!

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  • Wild West Lothian - Almondell Country park

    Middle Meadow Walk

    Join Stella and Barbara as we head west into the wilds of West Lothian! Distance: 27.6miles Level: Intermediate Terrain: mostly quiet roads and shared use paths. Bike: any. Starting at the bottom of Middle Meadow Walk, we will head out along the canal to begin with before turning off on to the water of Leith path towards Balerno. Coming out at the end of the path were on quiet country roads and on to Long Dalmahoy road. Following this all the way out to Kirknewton we then head towards East Calder and into Almondell Country Park. We'll pause at the visitor centre/shop for a little bit (not a cafe - and offering is limited to crisps and ice cream! Although there is also a coffee van with some sweet treats). If the weather holds we will stop for a picnic lunch by the river so please remember to bring something to eat with you if you want something more than the shop offers! Back up plan is the bridge inn at ratho. Moving on again we will continue through Almondell and out the other side on to Drumshoreland Road. From here we head along a country road to where we join back up to the canal for the final stretch back to the Meadows. Route Map: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2638351438 *************** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold or wet, or roasting hot), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget! • Will you need sun screen? • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-) • Please keep your RSVP updated and remove yourself from the list if you can no longer make it, as a courtesy to others, if there is a waiting list. Thanks!

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  • Three Bridges

    Russell Road

    This was going to be our much loved Dunfermline whistlestop ride that we haven't done in a while, but unfortunately we haven't had time to recce it, so we are doing the tried and tested three bridges/South Queensferry ride instead! Distance: ~28 miles Level: Intermediate Terrain: shared use paths, quiet road and gravel tracks through Dalmeny estate. Bikes: Hybrid/Mountain Bikes. Road bikes not recommended due to the section through Dalmeny Estate, but has been done before. Join Claire and Barbara on a relaxed ride to see the three bridges, maybe crossover the old road bridge, and then head down into South Queensferry for a well deserved slice of cake before we head back into town. Starting at Russell Road we will take the cycle path along to Silverknowes and cut up through Barnton and out along the A90 (shared use path) to Dalmeny, from here we cut along the top of South Queensferry to the old road bridge, which we can cross if folk are feeling like it! Once we have finished admiring the engineering, we'll head down into Queensferry for a pitstop, before taking the Dalmeny estate route back to Cramond. We'll head back along silverknowes promenade and continue past Granton Square and on to the new widened path to the Old Chain Pier, where we will pick the cycle network back up along to Russell Road. Route Map: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2638314613 *************** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold or wet, or roasting hot), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget! • Will you need sun screen? • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-) • Please keep your RSVP updated and remove yourself from the list if you can no longer make it, as a courtesy to others, if there is a waiting list. Thanks!

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  • Lunch at the Loft Cafe, Haddington

    Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh

    • DIFFICULTY: intermediate due to the distance • DISTANCE: 34 miles (55 km) with 900ft (270 m) climbing • OVERVIEW: We'll keep our usual average rolling speed on the flat of 10-12 mph (not on the uphill obviously!). While the route mostly follows quiet roads and separated paths, there is some cycling along busier roads. This ride is best suited for those who are reasonably fit and confident with some riding in traffic. There are some hills but nothing too steep or long, and a good opportunity to have a go if you've not done too many slightly longer rides recently. Having said all of this, it'll still be a relaxed ride and nobody will be left behind, as usual! *** PLEASE ARRIVE FOR 10:25 AT THE LATEST, WE WANT TO GET GOING BY 10:30 ***We've had quite a lot of no-shows or late cancellations recently, which is not fair on the ride leaders and riders, and especially if there is a waiting list - Please keep your RSVP up to date if you have a place and can no longer join the ride*** • IMPORTANT: If there is a forecast for atrocious weather, the ride will be shortened/cancelled/postponed - please check the Meetup site before setting off in the morning! • SURFACE: While much of the ride is on tarmac, we will use the Pencaitland and Haddington railway paths (recently resurfaced gravel path), and the gravel paths around the Musselburgh ash lagoons. So really narrow road tyres will be rather uncomfortable, and it's likely to be muddy in places with all the recent rain, and the predicted showery weather during the coming week • BIKE: Your bike needs to be in good working order, especially gears and brakes. • ROUTE Fisherrow - Whitecraig - Pencaitland path - West Saltoun - Haddington - Haddington railway path - Seaton - coastal route back to Fisherrow (https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/5173765/) Leaving from one of our familar starting points at Fisherrow harbour, we join the Esk path towards Whitecraig and along the Dalkeith railway path towards Smeaton Bing (smaller hills, probably the steepest of the day). We'll join the Pencaitland path at the western end and follow it all the way to the eastern end near Glenkinchie distillery, where we pop out onto quiet lanes. We'll roll through West Saltoun and Samuelston, trending mostly downhill, and past the Agnes Burns monument just before Haddington. We'll stop for lunch at the Loft Cafe - who do lovely home-made food and cakes and are very cycle-friendly. From Haddington, we follow the Esk for a short distance before working our way onto the Haddington railway path (slightly uphill). Once we crest the top of the path, we'll return to quient tarmac lanes towards the railway crossing at Seaton, and then join the coastal route back to Fisherrow, keeping mostly off the main road. *************** Some stuff to remember: • Appropriate clothes for the day (could be cold or wet, or roasting hot), multiple layers are best • Spare inner tube that fits your wheelsize/tyre- do not forget! • Will you need sun screen? • Snacks and water, if you think you need any • Money for tea/coffee/cake or lunch:-) • Please keep your RSVP updated and remove yourself from the list if you can no longer make it, as a courtesy to others, if there is a waiting list. Thanks!

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  • Delightful Daunder to Dobbies in Dalkeith (Amended Route!)

    Royal Commonwealth Pool

    **Amended Route - Please read route description before signing up!) I recced the route today and have made some changes. Please only RSVP if you intend to come and cancel your RSVP if you can't come! Difficulty: Intermediate due to a mixture of terrains. Distance: 22.37 miles with about 891.3 ft of climbing Bike: Hybrid or cross bike. No road bikes/skinny tyres please! Surfaces: Mixture of roads, cycle paths and some possibly muddy forest tracks. Map: Route Map: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/2621818294/ Please join Alexis and Stella as we take a wee daunder (Scots word for leisurely stroll) out to Dobbies Garden Centre for lunch. For those of you who haven't experienced Dobbies before, it is a veritable cornucopia of things you didn't even know you wanted! It also has a bike shop there, Criterium Cycles, in case you need to pick up any cycling supplies. Starting at the Commonwealth Pool we will join the Innocent Railway Path and go through the long tunnel (for those of you not keen on tunnels, fear not as there is an alternate route). We will follow the Innocent Railway Path all the way to Brunstane then go through Gilberstoun to Newcraighall (short busy road section here) then continue on a path to Queen Margaret Uni in Musselburgh. From here we join the River Esk Path to Whitecraigs and then join the Dalkeith Path to...well Dalkeith. The route through Dalkeith is a mixture of road, forest track and shared use paths to Dobbies. The return route takes us on a shared use path towards Gilmerton where I discovered a new section of cycle path that links up with the Roslin Path. We follow the Roslin Path to Danderhall via Newton and join a new section of shared use path past a new housing estate. At Danderhall we join the new Wisp cycle path to the Royal Infirmary at Little France. From here we will join another cycle path to Craigmillar Castle and then onto Peffermill Road where we cut through King's Haugh to rejoin the Innocent Railway Path to return to the Commonwealth Pool. Usual reminders: • Spare inner tube • Water • Money for lunch • Snacks for the ride • Waterproofs/layers/suncream :-) • Please check meet up on the morning of the ride in case it needs to be cancelled or amended due to weather or road conditions.

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  • Gullane - Archerfield Amble

    Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh

    A wee change to the planned ride, with less off road as we have not had time to fully recce the new route to Gullane. Details • Difficulty: Intermediate. Usual reminders with regards to spare inner tubes, water, snacks, money for lunch etc. • Distance: 45 miles. • Bike: Hybrid or Cyclo-cross bike as some sections will be on gravel paths so not entirely suitable for a road bike with skinny tyres and a mountain bike will possibly slow you down on the road sections. • Average speed: Rolling 10-12 mph (obviously a bit slower on the hills although there aren't too many.) • Route Description: • Join Linda and Alexis on a ride out into East Lothian • Starting/finishing at Fisherrow Harbour beside the toilets Heading out from Fisherrow we will utilise some of the cycle paths to avoid road sections on the coast road B1348 to Prestonpans where we will head up the footpath by Seaton Collegiate Church and cross over the railway level crossing at St Germains. We then follow the minor roads climbing gently at first then up a couple of short steeper sections towards the Garleton hills and Hopetoun Monument with amazing views out over the coast to Fife and beyond. A lovely easy mainly downhill section by Athelstaneford follows all the way to lunch at Archerfield walled garden cafe. The return route is shorter and easier heading inland by West Fenton and around the back of Aberlady before returning along the busier coast road to Port Seaton where we join the cycle paths back to start. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2119536364 *** PLEASE ARRIVE FOR 9:55 AT THE LATEST, WE WANT TO GET GOING BY 10:00 ***We've had quite a lot of no-shows or late cancellations recently, which is not fair to those on the waiting list - Please keep your RSVP up to date if you have a place and can no longer join the ride***

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