28 December 2014: indirectly to Colinton

DSC00562The weather gods continued to smile on us for our last ride of the year with plenty of sunshine to compensate for the extremely low temperatures. Today’s leader Logan (Strang) led an 18 strong group of riders, including one new face brought along by one of the many leaflets distributed round the city’s cafes and bike shops.

We kicked off with a bit of a meander across Bruntsfield Links, then down Whitehouse Loan to the Astley Ainsley and hence over to Morningside for another bit of chicanery along the back of Millar Crescent, where we followed a small path that led us to the railway bridge at Morningside Station, and out onto Balcarres Street. From here we made our way to the path through Craiglockhart Wood, over Colinton Road and down to the canal at Allan Park.

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The group then headed West along the canal tow path, over the aqueduct to the turn off at the Slateford Road overpass and onto the Water of Leith walkway leading up to Colinton Dell. We followed this path up through the old railway tunnel and on to Spylaw Park where we turned off onto West Mill Road which led us to a narrow bridge across the Water of Leith, and through a shallow underpass to rejoin the Water of Leith path close to the City Bypass. From here we continued along the path for a brief stretch, then recrossed the river and climbed the steep path to Woodhall Mains, from where we rode along Woodhall Road and down along Woodfield Avenue back to Spylaw Park, and hence to our lunch stop at the Spylaw Tavern in Colinton Village.

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After lunch, Logan led us along Colinton Road to Merchiston College, his old alma mater, then through the grounds back to the Water of Leith at Kate’s Mill, from where we rode back to the Slateford Road overpass and down onto the canal. From here it was a straight run back to our start point in Middle Meadow Walk where we adjourned to the Looking Glass cafe and bookshop for a much-needed hot drink, our usual watering hole (Peter’s Yard) being closed for the holiday.

Another great day’s cycling to end off the year. Thanks to Logan for leading and Ken (Roxburgh) for being back marker. Happy cycling and hope to see you all in 2015.

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