Sunday 28th October 2018 Newhailes

Portobello. 15 miles approx.

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



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:

We returned to the railway and took the Fishwives causeway to see the bottle kilns, the last surviving in one piece in Scotland.

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.






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





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

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Sunday 27 May 2018 – Davidsons Mains

Ten of us gathered at Söderberg (formerly Peters Yard) in the haar.  The forecast had said it would clear by 11am, but it stayed cold and foggy the whole day. Nevertheless most of the intrepid gang sat outside but I’m afraid your leader enjoyed a hot chocolate in the warm.

Ten isn’t bad for a cold day in a ‘heatwave’, especially as there was one new face. We set off along the well ridden path to the canal – up the Meadows path to Leamington Bridge, then ride the canal to Harrison Road and then Russel Road.

We didn’t climb the famous zigzags this time, but instead carried on round to Roseburn Park and followed the restored Water of Leith pathway for a but, before turning off to Balgreen and the Pinkhill railway path. This runs parallel to the Glasgow Road and is a hassle free method of getting to Corstorphine, where we admired the dovecot at the eponymous Dovecot Rd, before heading on the marked up quiet roads, though South Gyle Park, emerging to cross Glasgow Road using the lights near the jaguar dealer.

Continuing on quieter roads we went past Craigmount School into East Craigs aka Bughtlin Estate aka Butlins  – a large residential estate with a lot of paths running through it. As long as you head North you won’t get lost in it (very often).  We crossed the Queensferry Road, again at lights, into Barnton where we used a little known path through a narrow strip of woods that run parallel to Queensferry Road, then into Davidson’s Mains Park then the Olde Inn for lunch.

There was to be no lounging outside in the sun today – too cold – luckily we had booked indoors. After waiting til 12:30 to be let in (new way of doing), we pushed our bikes through the pub (new way of doing) to order food.  Nicely fed, we pushed our bikes back through the pub, amid comments from locals (and we were a bit surprised to be doing it ourselves.)

Return was swift. After regaining the Blackhall path, we exited at the Russel Rd zigzags and climbed the bumps to Fountainbridge, then canal to past the King’s Theatre and the Meadows, where the ride was closed, and a few enjoyed a coffee at nearby Victor Hugo’s.

A chilly, but enjoyable, day.

Leader: Jim; Text: Jim; Photos: Mike Trace:Jim


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29-April-2018 – Almond Adventure

Knowing that such a lovely day would draw a healthy turnout for todays Easy Cycle prompted the leader to do a refresher reccie for part of the route, which resulted in cutting it fine for the start of the ride. So, slightly stressed and out of breath, it was somewhat unsettling to see what was, by anyone’s standards, an overwhelming number of participants. There were so many the leader never tried to count but thought he overheard a 20 Miler stalwart (Alan) saying that there were 39! Conventional wisdom would say split the group – so that was duly done – into 2 – with someone (Ken) suggesting 3 groups! The leader of group A quickly described the first section of the ride to the knowledgeable leader of Group B (Alan). So, off we set along the length of Middle Meadow Walk, turning right into Bruntsfield Links, down to the Leamington, Fountain Park bumps, Russell Road, Roseburn/Blackhall corridor to Silverknowes, then into Lauriston Castle grounds for a wander round the Kyoto Garden and a comfort break. Group B leader was then briefed about the next stage of the ride – but was a little unsure – so we arranged to re-join before the East Craigs section.
It was then onwards through Davidson’s Mains Park, over the busy Queensferry Road and onto Clermiston Drive. A right at Drumbrae Crescent revealed a panoramic view over to Fife with the Queensferry Crossing dominating. After passing the Drumbrae Leisure Centre, we crossed the Drumbrae North/South, through to Craigmount Avenue North and accessed the cycleway part the way down Bughtlin Burn before turning left and continuing to Craigmount High School. Down some inconvenient steps then a pedal along Dechmont Road and a short stretch along the Glasgow Road took us to our lunch stop at The Gyle Shopping Centre.
For the purposes of trying something new, and as it was such a nice day, the leader decided to take the option of a cycle down the banks of the River Almond. So off we set – through the tunnel at Edinburgh Gateway Station, along Turnhouse Road, Turnhouse Farm Road, Lennymuir and onto the rough path that leads to and along The River Almond. In retrospect this part proved very tricky indeed for New and Returning cyclists.  Eventually, we reached the Grotto Bridge where we regrouped before setting off again down Cammo Road over Queensferry Road again, Braehead Road, Barnton Grove/Crescent and then into the woods that lead back to Davidson’s Mains Park. Through Tesco’s car park and onto the cycleway and, reversing the route we had taken in the morning, we arrived back at Middle meadow Walk, where the ride was declared over.
The gamble of going down the river backfired, notwithstanding the fact that it increased the ride length, and the leader can only apologise to everyone adversely affected.
‘Relive’ video of the day:-
(I have permission from Ida to post this ‘Relive’ video).
‘Map My Ride’ (manual plot):-
‘Strava’ of the reccie:-
Thanks to Alan Orr for leading Group B, Sarah Jane Davidson and Stuart Grant for backmarking duties and Ida Silkenat for the ‘Relive’ video.

Lead:Graham+Alan Trace:Graham (see links)  Photos:Graham  Text:Graham
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