26 July 2014: eastward ho!

PromenadeAt the end of one of the hottest weeks of the summer so far, we ventured east to the seaside for today’s Easy Cycle. 19 riders – including one welcome newcomer – set off from Peter’s Yard at 10.30ish towards Musselburgh.

After weaving through side streets to St Leonards, we took the low road to Duddingston village, which affords lovely views of the loch and bird sanctuary not visible from the Innocent Railway path.   Then we cut across the golf course via Cavalry Park Drive to join the Niddrie Burn path at Bingham, taking us on to Musselburgh where our spin along the promenade was perfectly timed to coincide with the annual Beach Gallop.

GallopWe retraced our route west for lunch in Portobello. Some of us had picnics on the sea front in the warm sunshine whilst others sampled the fare in the Beach House café. The homebound route took us to Seafield, then on to the cycle path to Lochend Park. A nifty cut-through near Meadow Bank led us into a back entrance of Holyrood Park where we faced the hardest work of the day: the climb up Queen’s Drive to the Commonwealth Pool. A hill on an Easy cycle! Had the leader lost her marbles? But everyone made it to the top, with a great sense of achievement. We arrived back to Peter’s Yard for well-earned cake just before the first showers of the afternoon.

Leader & Report:  Julia

Photos:  Logan

Map:  Jim

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