Great Moss Moonlight Ride…

Monday 22nd July: we’re planning something a bit different …

Great Moss Moonlight Ride Mon 22nd July 8pm

Meet at the museum for an 8pm start. We expect to be at the pub by 11!

The Lochar Moss is an internationally important site, one of the largest raised bogs in Europe, with its own unique ecology. It has been the source of many finds including Iron age treasures and bog bodies – and has played a part in shaping the history of the area. Accompanied by Brian Morrell of WWT Caerlaverock (for natural history) and Fiona Wilson of the Museum (for actual history) we’ll be exploring this important landscape at a time when the bugs and the bats and night birds (and who knows what else) will be astir …

As with our winter magical history tours the pace will be relatively easy and the distances manageable for any regular cyclist. The ride will be about 25 miles long without any really steep climbs. The route will run north on the Caledonian Cycleway, before cutting through the Heathhall industrial estate to the A709. After a very short stretch on this busy road, we will cut down to Collin, go under the A75 and then follow B roads around the remnants of the Lochar Moss to reach Bankend. We then return on the Bankend Road, stopping off at the Swan at Kingholm Quay for a well-earned nightcap before dispersing either home or back to the museum.

Lochar Moss ride route map
Route map on Map my Ride. Click for more details

Although it won’t be getting dark until quite late, it will be dark enough that you will need lights. It is illegal to ride a bike on the road without adequate lights after dark so please make sure you have a front and rear light in working order. You may also want to bring something reflective (and, although we are hoping it will be a glorious summer evening, something rain proof). Some insect repellent might also come in handy …

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