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Evening Ride 04 of 2017 to Musselburgh

Page history last edited by Jim cameron 5 years, 4 months ago


Second Evening ride,  to Portobello and West Musselburgh, not using Innocent


Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:47 PM BST
Distance: 23.9 miles
Duration: 3 hours, 4 minutes, and 54 seconds
Minimum Elevation: 131 feet
Maximum Elevation: 487 feet
Total climb: 1489 feet
Total descent: 1477 feet

Link to Map https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yLKaseptrz0q55YNEJFhmATW2Ps&usp=sharing





10deg v. Sunny  15mphEasterly wind (it felt cold) 




14 riders set off in the cold may sunshine, first an impromptu visit to next week's start point at All Bar One, and then a scoot down the A702 to the meadows. We headed east, eschewing the customary Innocent Tunnel, preferring instead to ride down the Duddingston Low Road to the Sheep Heid. Crossing over to Cavalry Park Road, we followed the edge of the Golf course then turned Eastwards Along Duddingston Row, and into a park near the Innocent.  


Eschewing the standard path, we followed a lesser known parallel track through Jewel Park, exiting to the jewel path. Continuing eastwards took us to Gilberstoun and a brief spell on road at Newcraighall, continuing on the path system to Musselburgh Rail Station. Riding the paths behind the Golf course took is along the Esk to Olive Bank Rd, continuing until we leave the Esk at New St. 


Turning Westwards took us along the sea front to Fisherrow Harbour, where some spectacular sunny cloudscapes greeted our eyes. Also a handy stop for the loos and for sharing sweets. Incidentally, we discussed a CTC article which advises jelly sweets on a ride. Alas, I cannot find a link ;-) 


For the return path, we rode Westwards along the prom to pick up the shared pavement along the A199 which picks up the Seafield St. Path and on to the Leith Links, where we took the the Water of Leith Paths and then the Ferry Road paths to get home. The North Edinburgh path system is a painless and pleasant way of climbing back from sea level to the 100m altitudes of Edinburgh.  Descending at the Russel Road zigzags, we returend by the normal route behind Lidl to Fountainbridge,  most cyclists peeling off, and only two worthies made it back to Akva for a well earned beer. 


There were a lot of positive comments on that ride, as most riders enjoyed the mix of woodland, parks, riverside and seaside. 


See you all next week!



Lead: Michael  Photos: Michael  Trace: Jim  Text: Jim
















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