Sunday 30th December 2018 Circumbikulation of Corstorphine Hill

Japanese Jaunt. 15 miles approx.

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Kyoto Agreement
A respectable 10 turned out for todays 2018 Easy Cycle finale, including (to the best of the writers knowledge) 5 first timers. The original plan for the route for this ride was discarded on the grounds it involved a long muddy path, busy with festive holidaymakers, so we ‘agreed’ to visit the Kyoto Japanese Garden instead – hence the title of this report.
 As is normal, we mustered at Soderberg cafe, before setting off down Middle Meadow Walk, Bruntsfield and Leamington Lift Bridge, where we spotted a submerged ‘barge’, or canal boat as the writer was corrected by an owner on the ride. Onwards down the Fountain Park bumps, Russell Road zigzags and we were on the cycleway destined for Silverknowes and Lauriston Castle beyond. In the grounds of the castle lies the Kyoto Garden http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2010/05/review-edinburgh-kyoto-friendship-garden-2/, where we had a stop to enjoy some warm mulled wine, biscuits and nuts. Cycling along the front of the grounds revealed a spectacular seascape of the Forth, Cramond Island to the fore and the Kingdom of Fife in the background, with its locally dubbed ‘Fifel Tower’ mast in clear view.
Leaving the castle, we traversed a muddy section through the woods at Davidson’s Mains and crossed the busy Queensferry Road into Clermiston. After pedalling along Clermiston Drive and a right into Drumbrae Crescent, we had views of the Forth Bridges, three adjacent  bridges which were built in three different centuries. Passing Drumbrae Leisure Centre we crossed into the warren of  paths in East Craigs. Skirting the side of Craigmount High School, we negotiated the obstacle presented by a small flight of steps without any problems. Over Glasgow Road, we were in Gyle Park, along Dovecot Road, where we noted the architecture of the eponymous ‘Doo’cot’ being somewhat at odds with the surrounding domestic residences. Soon we were on the old Pinkhill line and back past Murrayfield Stadium, which led us on to Russell Road, where we retraced our earlier route back to the top of Middle Meadow Walk.
The Doctors pub was busy, so we chose to have our post ride refreshments at Thomas J Walls (The  Optician’s) cafe. (The visits to The Doctors and The Opticians obviously not for ill-health reasons!).
All in all, a good days cycling, in great company, to round off the year. Roll on 2019!
Happy New Year All!
Reccie ride Relive video:-

Lead:Graham     Trace:Jim    Photos:Jim   Text:Jim


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Sunday 25th November 2018 – rainout

Portobello. 15 miles approx.

Mike bravely led a ride in diabolical weather –  Heavy rain. only two riders turned up.

 

 

Lead:Mike  Trace:None    Photos:None   Text:Almost none


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Sunday 28th October 2018 Newhailes

Portobello. 15 miles approx.

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Easy Cycle to Newhailes 28 October 2018

With the clock turned back an hour, we set off from the Meadows taking the Innocent Path to Brunstane, through the Gilbertstouns to Newcraighall. There were 11 of us – a very cheery group. Everyone appeared to be delighted to be out on such a sunny Autumn day.

Having admired the memorial to the local mining community, we headed up to Queen Margaret University and took a pleasant detour through their parkland to see the lochan and ducks. At Musselburgh Station, we took the off-road path alongside the railway line down to Newhailes Road and entered the Newhailes estate. After a short look at Newhailes House and the stables we rode past the Doocot, the new adventures playground, the curling pool site, the Shell Grotto and the old Summer Tea House.

Leaving the estate we took the Brunstane Burn Path and Brunstane Road to Portobello Prom to have lunch which had been booked at ESPY. It was very good.

We set of home via Bellfield Road, St Mark’s Place, Hope Lane and Porty Golf Course – going through Figgate Park and Duddingston. Total distance: 15 miles.

 

 

Lead:Barbara Trace:Jim    Photos:Jim   Text:Barbara


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Sunday 30th September 2018

Crammond

 

Alan took a ride on 9 Easycylits, three of them new, to Crammond and lunched in the Waterfall cafe.

 

Lead:Alan Trace:   Photos:Glenn   Text:

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Sunday 26th August 2018 Cancelled

The forecast was for heavy rain and a chill (12 deg). At least, a chill for us because we have been spoiled by a hot summer.

Sensibly, no-one turned up.

Lead:-  Trace:-   Photos:-   Text:Jim


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Sunday 29th July 2018 Secrets of Portobello

Portobello. 15 miles approx.

As is usual for a wet day, few turned up (four) and they were regulars.  So these secrets wouldn’t have been very secret, since I do this run every yer.

We took the path to near the Innocent, but instead of taking the tunnel we took advantage of Sunday road closure and rode down to the Sheep heid, opposite Duddingston Loch. Back streets tood us to a left turn onto Duddingston Rd W.

We rode straight into Duddingston proper and, after skirting round some road works, we found the entrance to Figgate Park, were we rode the South Bank of the Figgate Burn, up to the nice pond. Actually quite a green pond, jammed with what looked like algae. Anyway, curcumbikulating the pond took as round to our exit point at Mountcastle Creascent.

Following parallel to the railway and then crossing it, took us to see the Craigentinny Marbles, a giant mausoleum slap bang in the middle of 30s bunglows. You can read about it here:

http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_buildings_g/0_buildings_-_miller_mausoleum_history.htm

We returned to the railway and took the Fishwives causeway to see the bottle kilns, the last surviving in one piece in Scotland. https://www.geograph.org.uk/snippet/10136

We had got away with very little rain until then, but now the rain increased and we made for the lunch spot – the Espy – a foodie pub in Portobello.

 

 

 

 

Trace

Lead:Jim Trace:Jim    Photos:Jim   Text:Jim


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Sunday 24th June 2018 Couthy Colinton

Colinton. 15 miles approx.

Alan led a group of 10 on a fine sunny day, up to blackford and into King’s Buildings. Emerging at mayfield Rd, we did a right & right again to enter Hermitage of Braid, a nice glen by the Braid Burn about 1.5 miles long.

Exit at greenabnk and into Braidburn Valley Park, then onto the paths that lead to Redford. Following Redford Rd for a while, we turned left into Colinton, but rather than go straight to the pub we took a wee excursion up

 

Trace

 

 

Lead:Alan Trace:None    Photos:Sarah   Text:Jim


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