Twelve of us (including two new EasyCyclers) headed out from Coffee Angel on Brandon Terrace, Canonmills for a really lovely run north and west. After a week of poor-ish weather it was perhaps a little windy but the sun shone and all was well on Edinburgh’s cycle paths.
From Canonmills we headed north to the Ferry Road Path, west towards Crewe Toll and then the Telford Path to Craigleith and the link with NCN Route 1. A sheltered run along R1 took us out towards Barnton but we made a sneaky detour to Lauriston Castle and the oft-overlooked Japanese Garden.
Before heading on towards Cramond we had a quick look at the two war memorials on the drive leading up to the castle.
Then on to the junction of Whitehouse Road and R1 where we turned north again for a very short climb and then a long fast run down to Cramond, the Cramond Kirk and the mouth of the river. A small exploding inner tube incident made this more lively than usual (we think a badly fitting tyre?) so we proceeded slowly back up the river to the Cramond Falls Cafe and a well-earned lunch.
Two keen souls replaced the inner tube and we headed back down the river and along the esplanade past Silverknowes. Brief run along West Shore Road then up the cycle paths to the “family statue” at Saltire Square, up a bit more to Crewe Toll and then right along the Telford Path to Murrayfield and back down the Water of Leith to the Dean Village.
Final section through Stockbridge, Glenogle Road and back to the start. 16 miles or so, one puncture and largely flat. Lovely day out. You can see a map of the route: