Saturday 27th July. Just under seven miles, and almost all on the traffic-free and dead level Caledonian Cycleway.
This ride is also a little more ambitious but it’s a great route to and from the North West and the town centre and it’s dead level and mostly traffic free. We start along the Whitesands and cross the river at the College Bridge, then follow the quiet College Road to join the Maxwelltown Cycle path. Turning right, we cross the Nith again on the viaduct and join Nunholme Road up to the Edinburgh Road. Crossing at the toucan crossing we take the shared use path up to the start of the Caledonian Cycleway. From there it’s an easy traffic free couple of miles to Lochthorn Library. Then back along the Caledonian cycleway again to the station along another shared use path. From the station we will take Newall Terrace back towards town. At the moment, the last section of the route is one way the other way (there are plans for a contraflow for bikes and a dedicated crossing of Loreburn Street) so we will walk the last section and then cautiously make our way down the High Street and Bank Street back to the Whitesands and from there to Dock Park.
The ride will be at an easy pace and is suitable for everyone including novice cyclists and families of all ages although very small children might not manage seven miles and children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Lochthorn library has a Cyclehire point and a park and ride car park so if enjoy this route and you drive in on the Edinburgh road you could even use it on your daily commute: pick up a bike here and save yourself the drive into town!
Meet at Dock Park at 2pm. There’s free parking all day for cars and a bike hire point for the Go Bikes. If you don’t have a bike then let us know and we can arrange a free hire for the afternoon. There’s really no excuse!