Saturday 23rd August: Our most challenging ride of the summer: out to Glencaple and back, via NCN 7, a total of just over 9 miles, mostly on road.
This follows the Sustrans National Cycle Network route 7 down to Glencaple and back, with a stop at the village’s new Quayside cafe (which should be open by then). From Dockpark we follow the path down to Kingholm Quay. From there we rejoin the road up a sharp but short hill and then turn right onto the Glencaple Road. Although this is part of the NCN, it is a fast and fairly busy road but you will be rewarded by great views out over the Nith towards Criffel as we come into Glencaple and we’ll stop for refreshments before turning round and heading back.
Of all the summer rides, this is the only one that’s a bit challenging and younger families or real novices may prefer to miss it especially as it’s also our longest ride. However this is a national cycle route and drivers should be expecting cyclists on the road. Riding as a group we should be visible enough and there will be a ride leader at the front and the back to ensure we keep together as a bunch.
Meet at Dock Park at 2pm. There is free parking all day and a cycle hire stand.