Where to go cycling in Edinburgh?

Anonymous1502

Active Member
I have just recently moved to Edinburgh and I would like to go cycling but I don't know any good cycling routes. I have a road bike so paved roads would be preferred.
 

vickster

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normskirus

Über Member
Location
Edinburgh
As above - a starting ride on your own maybe to go to the forth bridges and back. You can follow the NCN 76 route to get out but you don't have to follow it on the bumpy bits. Then maybe join a few club rides.
 
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Anonymous1502

Active Member
As above - a starting ride on your own maybe to go to the forth bridges and back. You can follow the NCN 76 route to get out but you don't have to follow it on the bumpy bits. Then maybe join a few club rides.
I have joined a club the rides well start next week
 

PaulSB

Legendary Member
I don't know Edinburgh but used to visit Galashiels regularly and cycle around that part of the Borders.

The A7 from Edinburgh to Gala isn't a very pleasant ride. Now the Waverley Line is reopened you could easily get the train to Gala and cycle around from there.
 

Jimidh

Veteran
Location
Midlothian
Lots of ride options from Edinburgh depending on what you are looking for.

Head into East Lothian - lots of different loops heading out towards North Berwick and Dunbar. Head into the Lammermuirs if you want some climbing.
Head South through Midlothian , Penicuik/ Bonnyrigg was and you have access to the Borders and Tweed Valley.


These are both my favourite areas to ride but you also have the option to Head across the bridge to Fife or into darkest West Lothian.
 

Jimidh

Veteran
Location
Midlothian
I don't know Edinburgh but used to visit Galashiels regularly and cycle around that part of the Borders.

The A7 from Edinburgh to Gala isn't a very pleasant ride. Now the Waverley Line is reopened you could easily get the train to Gala and cycle around from there.
I’d avoid the A7 like the plague as you said it’s a horrible busy road to ride but you can always ride across the Granites to Innerleithen then you have lots of options from there.
 

Mr Celine

Discordian
Location
Not Ingolstadt
I don't know Edinburgh but used to visit Galashiels regularly and cycle around that part of the Borders.

The A7 from Edinburgh to Gala isn't a very pleasant ride.
Unpleasant north of the Midlothian boundary, where it is at least wide and reasonably straight. Positively suicidal south of Heriot, but the unclassified road on the other side of the valley is a pleasant if rather hilly alternative.

During the halcyon days of lockdown the A7 was rideable.

Sunday's ride. The direct route north west from Gala towards Edinburgh follows the valley of the Gala Water (traditionally known as Wedale though I've no idea of the etymology of the name). The first 'modern' road was a turnpike built in the 1760s which followed the west bank of the river. It was built for post horses, for which gradients were not an issue, so rather than follow the meanderings of the valley it goes up and over all of the various obstacles. Most of it is still open as a minor road and in normal times is the only sensible way to go. The second road was a turnpike built around 1810 which was designed for wheeled (horse-drawn) traffic. It was well engineered to have an almost constant gentle gradient, and to achieve this is meanders as much as the river does. It is now the A7 and is the main road from the central and southern Borders to Edinburgh. It is not well suited to motor traffic and there have been a few improvements over the years but there are long stretches of double white lines and it is definitely not a road to cycle up. I did try once before when it was closed further north for the erection of the Hardengreen railway viaduct -

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGqNMFG5FiU

On that occasion traffic was less than half normal levels but I gave up as it was still too busy.
I thought it might be quiet, but was amazed at just how quiet it was. I rode the A7 as far as Heriot, as beyond that is a section that I have ridden before, but I made a short detour up a dead end road I've never had any reason to go up before. This is the view from the summit, only 16 miles from the centre of Edinburgh -
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From there I turned round and retraced my route south, 19 miles to home. After a mile I was overtaken by a motorcycle -
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After another five miles I was overtaken by a car -
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A further nine miles and I pulled over to let the Aldi truck pass -
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And again a quarter of a mile later for a car -
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And one more, in Gala, just over a mile from home -View attachment 514750

FIVE motor vehicles in 19 miles on a road normally too busy to even consider cycling on.
Speaking of which I only saw three cycles, all on my northbound leg, all going south, including this tandem recumbent -
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In other news, my Gopro is working again.^_^

The map -
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38.2 miles @ 16.1 mph, 393m up.
 
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