26 July 2015: to the Honest Toun

IMG_0735A good turnout of 20 riders assembled on a warm and dry morning for July’s Easy Cycle. A less familiar route to Musselburgh was on offer with the promise of visiting some parts of the Honest Toun that most had never seen before. It was good to see some new faces mixed in amongst the regulars.

Within a few minutes of leaving the Meadows, the group was admiring the little-known St Leonards Bank which afforded us stunning views of the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat. We then whizzed through Holyrood Park to Duddingston Village. One advantage of Sunday was that the road was free of other traffic. After Duddingston Village, we rode on through Duddingston golf course before joining the Innocent Railway. We then made our way to Portobello prom and along the road to Fisherrow Harbour for a comfort stop.

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We rode along the Musselburgh prom, crossed the bridge over the River Esk and made our way past the race course. After a short stretch along the busy Linkfield Road, the leader turned right into Windsor Gardens. Many of the group had passed the end of this road before without giving it a second thought. Now we were able to stand and admire the lovely little square containing St Anne’s Convent and surrounding houses, this delightful square being reminiscent of cathedral closes in England. We really had discovered a little gem.

Lewisvale Park was another first for most of the group. Here we climbed up a challenging little zig zag path which took us past playing fields to bring us out on the main street in the village of Inveresk. We then headed down a steep and gravelly track to join the Grove, which we followed to Tesco. Here the group stocked up with provisions before heading off to commandeer some picnic tables on the seafront for lunch. The sun had gone and it felt cooler as we headed back to Fisherrow Harbour. The leader had one more less familiar road to take us along. To avoid the busy Edinburgh Road, we were led through the Newhailes housing estate on quiet roads. A gate in the wall returned us to Edinburgh Road. A short way along and we headed back through the wall onto the Brunstane path. We stayed on this and joined the Innocent Railway for our run back to the start.

The weather had been kind to us. It would have been nice if it could have been a little warmer; but at least it had stayed dry. There had been a good turnout complete with a few new faces, who we hope to see again. Quite a few members of the group commented on how nice it was to have visited places they had never been before, but so close to home. So a pleasant day was had by all.

Report & photos: Glenn

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