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.

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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