Almondell & Calderwood Parks
Time & Location
About the Event
This 28 mile distance event including 323 metres of ascent being led by Douglas is suitable for all bikes and most abilities. It’s doable on a road bike if you don’t mind it being bumpy in a few spots. The terrain climbs gently for the first 8 miles or so, before undulating for a further 8 miles, the remainder of the ride being completely flat. There is an optional train station dropout around 13 miles should you wish to shorten the ride or become tired – although most of the climbing will be done by this point and you’d miss the attractive stretch through Almondell! If you have recently completed a 15-mile cycle ride, you should be well suited to complete the ride.
The event will mostly take place on canal towpath, established cycle path and quiet roads. Highlights of the ride include the recently completed community mural in the Colinton Tunnel (http://colintontunnel.org.uk) and the attractive wooded Almondell and Calderwood Country park – home to a variety of wildlife.
A map of the route including elevation can be viewed and downloaded at: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/65936776This bike ride event will be travelling on a mixture of quiet roads, traffic-free gravel cycle way and canal tow path but we will try to stick to the roads with least traffic.
IMPORTANT: If you register for an event and then are unable to attend, unfortunately it's not currently possible to cancel your place directly from our website event pages. Please contact us if you need to cancel as soon as possible so we can give someone else the opportunity to attend.
Who's welcome on the event?
In a nutshell, everyone, as long as they are respectul of other attendees. PRiDE OUT is an LGBTQ + cycling group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual/ace people. We also welcome allies.
We ask that all riders respect social distancing guidelines wherever possible. We encourage riders to bring masks and hand sanitiser, just in case you need them before, during or after the event.
We know it can be nerve-racking joining a new group or event where you haven’t met anyone before… even for the most confident of people. We’ve all been in the same boat before, so we want to make everyone feel welcome. If you’d appreciate chatting someone before the event or having a buddy to meet you prior to going to the start point, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘request a buddy’.
Pace of the ride
The purpose of the ride is to get some easy exercise at a moderate pace while being able to socialise in a relaxed environment. We will regularly stop to allow people to catch up. We never leave people behind.
Terrain and potential hazards
This bike ride event will be travelling mainly on traffic-free paved cycle way but due to current path closures (including the Innocent Railway tunnel) we will need to ride along some short sections of busier roads.
What bike should I use?
This event is suitable for hybrids, mountain bikes and (with care) road bikes that are in good mechanical order. Please have your tyres pumped to the correct pressure and with oil on the chain etc.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, more than two households are not able to meet indoors, therefore we are not able to eat inside at a pub or café but may be able to sit outside weather permitting. We will also stop near shops where there will be an opportunity to buy refreshments. Don’t forget to bring a mask.
Usually, we would have a drink after the event because is a great social opportunity to chat to people you didn't get a chance to during the bike ride. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, this may have to be at a venue with outdoor seating.
What else should I bring?
We advise you wear a helmet for your own safety, but it's not compulsory. You should also consider bringing some of the following: spare inner tube and tyre levers, any special tools your bike needs, some food or snacks for energy, bottle(s) attached to your bike and plenty of water, bike lock and glasses can be useful to prevent grit or insects getting in your eyes. Please wear/bring waterproof or warm clothes dependent on the time of year and weather forecast. Bring lights if you are likely to be travelling in the dark or wet weather is forecast. Please have footwear that is appropriate for your bike. Don't forget suncream (if it's summer) - you just never know with the UK weather!
Meeting point description
Meet by the cycle racks outside Haymarket railway station - a short cycle from Edinburgh city centre and served by regular rail services from many parts of Scotland.
Have fun on the event. We promise to make you feel welcome and we’re sure you will meet some amazing new people. Please try to avoid cancelling at the last minute - it could deny someone else the opportunity to attend the bike ride. If you have any queries or need assistance, please email email@example.com and we will put you in touch with the event leader.
- Event Price – before discount£3£30£0