21 December 2014: Winter Solstice Ride

DSC00363Jim (Cameron) led a merry band on today’s bonus ride to mark the Winter Solstice. We were ten riders in all with one newcomer all the way from Japan, who happened to be in Edinburgh and decided to come along and join us for the ride.

Heading out along the canal, Jim led us over to the Roseburn path via Harrison Park, Ardmillan Terrace and Murieston Place. The winds were a bit choppy but didn’t manage to knock anyone off or dent our spirits which were still in good form by the time we reached our rest stop at Lauriston Castle where we passed round the sweets and took in the splendour (even on a dull day) of the Japanese Garden, much admired and appreciated by today’s new rider.

DSC00340Suitably refreshed, Jim then led us down to the sea front at Silverknowes from where we made our way along to Cramond to take a look at the Cramond Tower located in the grounds of Cramond House, situated above the car park adjacent to the Cramond Inn. The Tower was at one stage part of the Bishop of Dunkeld’s summer residence and is a fortified structure believed to have been built some time in the late 15th or early 16th century.

DSC00339By now our stomachs were starting to rumble so without further ado Jim led us over to Barnton and hence to Davidson’s Mains along the path through Barnton Wood to our lunch stop at the Old Inn, where we ate a splendid lunch in the bright and spacious conservatory. The service was excellent as was the food, so much so we felt compelled to sample the desserts and ordered up helpings of crème brulee, chocolate fudge cake, banana waffles, apple crumble, topped off with a knickerbocker glory.

DSC00344Afterwards we were thankful that the ride back was a short one along the familiar Blackhall and Roseburn paths and hence back to our starting point at Peter’s Yard, with only a short stop to mend a puncture sustained by Jim our leader, who had the good fortune to have our resident bike mechanic Alan (Orr) on hand.

DSC00349 DSC00370A good day’s cycling thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to Logan (Strang) for being back marker.

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