Saturday 16th January
Taking advantage of the back roads and the Caledonian Cycleway, we’ll be venturing to Auldgirth without having to brave the A76 (although we will cross it a number of times on the way back).
The route is about 21 miles, with some rolling terrain, but no monstrous hills. We’ll go out via the Caledonian Cycleway to the Quarry Road and then past Kirkton, Duncow and Dalswinton to come in to Auldgirth by the back roads. There’s both a pub and a shop and cafe in the village so hopefully one or other will be open for a refuelling stop (the pub’s website offers all the information you need except opening hours…).
We’ll then cross the Nith by the old bridge, and make our way back along more country roads, crossing the A76 to go past Portrack House, and then again to reach Newbridge, before making our way back into town via Lochside.
As with all our winter rides, we will happily go at the speed of the slowest, and if anyone wants to stop and ‘admire the view’ at the top of any hills, they should feel free.
Meet at Dock Park at 10am. Be prepared for the weather – this is January – and bring cash for a lunch or coffee stop. The rides will go ahead regardless of the weather unless, in the opinion of the ride leader it would be unsafe or no fun.