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Sunday, 13 April 2008

South Edinburgh Parks

For May's ride (Saturday 10th May) we will head out via the Innocent Railway, turning south to the Royal Infirmary and then a gentle climb via the Burdiehouse Valley Park to the lunch stop at Mortonhall Garden Centre where we can picnic or eat in the cafe, which has an excellent range of sandwiches, hot food and cakes. We will return via the Hermitage of Braid and Craigmillar Castle Park.

The ride will be just under 20 miles, on prepared paths and quiet roads, with some short stretches of tracks.

Meet: 10.30am at the north end of Middle Meadow Walk (junction of Lauriston Place).
Cost and booking: free, just turn up.
Further information: Mike Lewis (0131 343 2520) or Chris Pearson (0131 343 2685) or email

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Ride report

Gateways to the East
Today's ride was a little longer than normal - just over 25 miles - and 17 warmly wrapped up cyclists turned up at Middle Meadow Walk with the prospect of "sunshine and showers" - but luckily not much wind. Much better weather than the rainstorm which saw March's ride being abandoned.

We tackled the Hill challenge that Darren set us (up to the start of the Pencaitland Railway) and also made it through the muddy puddles near Newhailes House. Many people on the ride managed more than 30mph going down one super hill into Dalkeith. We had 2 punctures today - unusual as we often seem to go for months with none at all - however we completed the ride by the promised finishing time of 4pm.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Gateways to the East

We are looking forward to an excellent ride this coming Saturday (12th April).
Darren Mirfield will be leading us on a tour of three railway paths which he calls "Gateways to the East". These are "excellent and scenic routes, traffic-free corridors that will get us into the heart of East Lothian". The total distance will be 24 miles, with only a few moderate hills. Some short stretches might be muddy.
Lunch will be in Musselburgh, where there is a choice or cafes (or bring a picnic if you prefer). Note that the lunch stop will be slightly later than usual, so adjust your appetite accordingly.
We'll gather at the top of Middle Meadow Walk (by the Lauriston Place traffic lights) in time for a 10.30 start. Because this ride will be slightly longer than usual, you should plan to be back in town around 16.00.
By the way, for those of you who like to buy a snack to take on the ride, Sainsbury's have kindly opened a new branch right by our meeting point.