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Monday, 26 March 2012

Upcoming rides including 30-miler

April's ride is on Saturday 14th, to Lauriston Castle & the Cammo Estate.

In May, we have an extra ride on Saturday 5th May - Logan will be leading a 30-ish mile ride to South Queensferry, Hopetoun House and Blackness. Meet: 10.00, at the Sustrans marker on the Roseburn path, by the three-way junction with the Blackhall and Telford paths (this is near the Sainsbury's petrol station in S. Groathill Ave.) - note non-standard start time and meeting place (see map).

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The normal May ride on Saturday 12th will be led by Ken - details nearer the time.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

March's ride to Mortonhall

Chris led 32 of us out on an interesting route today. We had plenty of new people, which is always good to see, and today's route was a little shorter than 20 miles but had a good amount of climb to balance that out. I certainly felt I'd earned my lunch when it came!

We worked our way through Marchmont/Sciennes and up to the Kings' Buildings, then up the Hermitage of Braid - lots of people walking dogs but because we were cycling uphill I don't think we freaked them out much (going slower). Then we carried on along the Braid Burn, until we came out at what used to be the Naafi but is now a hole in the ground. From there, we cycled parallel to the city bypass through housing estates - occasionally taking a wrong turn but it all worked out in the end and we did a short loop around Morton House (a very beautiful Georgian mansion with lovely views out East) and then up onto the hill behind Mortonhall before (gingerly) descending to the Stables Bar for lunch. Some people ate picnics outside but most ate in the bar, where there was a log fire burning, or in a side room where they had laid out a long table for us.

After lunch we climbed back up a short hill and had some fantastic views of Edinburgh before a swift descent down Liberton Brae and back to the centre by a similar route to the morning.

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Next month's ride is on Saturday 14th April and (I think) Jim will be leading the ride.