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 (5+)


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!

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:-)


Russell Road

This is a place holder. The ride will be firmed up by ride leaders and posted out to members once it is finalised.

East Lothian (destination tbc)

Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh

This is a place holder. The ride will be firmed up by ride leaders and posted out to members once it is finalised.

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Russell Road

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