A smattering of new faces joined the regulars on today’s ride to Colinton with our glorious leader Logan opting to switch from his usual ‘back marker’ role to head the group on an interesting and sun-splashed ride to the beautiful Colinton Dell.
Off down Middle Meadow Walk to the crossing at the junction of Melville Drive and Argyle Place, Logan took us up over Bruntsfield Links and along Greenhill Gardens to cut down into the back of Morningside via Church Hill and Canaan Lane. From here we did an interesting little cut through to Balcarres Street along Millar Crescent and Millar Place Lane, down onto Maxwell Street from where we accessed and crossed the railway bridge at Morningside Station. And so straight run along Balcarres Street to the entrance to Craiglockhart Wood in Craighouse Road.
The path through the wood took us over to Lockharton Crescent and Colinton Road from where we dropped down to the canal via Craiglockhart Road. We then followed the canal to the crossover at Lanark Road which we crossed and rode into the Dell and up to Spylaw Park where we took another interesting detour along West Mill Road. Here we travelled a short distance along the opposite side of the Water of Leith until we came to the bridge over the weir which brought us back to our original path near to the City Bypass overpass. We then continued along the path to just below Juniper Green where we had planned to cross the river again and ride up the steep path to Woodhall Mains. However, so entranced were we by the surrounding beauty that we missed our turn off and had to back track along a small track this side of Blinkbonny, which involved negotiating a set of steps to bring us up from the Water of Leith. (Apologies)
Having made our way back to Woodhall Mains we continued on down Woodhall Road to Woodfield Avenue and hence to Spylaw Park from where we made our way to our lunch stop at the Spylaw Tavernin Colinton – a sumptuous lunch out back in their sunlit beer garden.
Sated and sun-kissed we boarded our bikes for the return leg which led us first to our leader’s alma mater, Merchiston Castle School for Boys on Colinton Road. After one or two history lessons (about the ancestry of the college and the remembrance of failed cycling tests in front of ferocious prefects who repeatedly sent him back to do it), and still smarting from the memory, our since much improved leader led us through the grounds down to Katesmill and the Water of Leith from where we rode to the canal and back to our starting point via Gilmore Place and the Meadows.
A big thanks to Logan for a really enjoyable ride and to Iain (R) for back marking.
See you all again next time.