Stopping at places of local interest you may not know about. Dedridge Pond, Murieston Trail, Campbridge Pond, site of former Newpark Bellsquarry railway station, Limefield falls, West Calder end of the Shale Trail, Easter Breich woodland & Killandean burn.
A ride of 13 miles at a relaxed pace. We will use a mix of the 144 miles of the Livingston path network, surfaced track, some road & National Cycle Network route 75.
MEET : By 10:30, at the seats outside the café at Howden Park Centre, Livingston.
REGISTER : To reserve a place and to give us an idea of how many to expect add some details to our Contact Us form. It does not commit you to attending.
ROUTE : Take the Livingston path network to The Lanthorn, Dedridge Pond, Livingston South Station.
Anyone from the south side of Livingston could arrange to meet us at the Lanthorn, or by the bike storage at Livingston South railway station We will likely be there no earlier than 11 or shortly after, we will wait.
Continue along the Murieston Trail and Campridge Pond, a flooded limestone quarry, associated with the former Murieston Lime works which operated in the 19th C. Passing the recently cleared site of the former Newpark Bellsquarry railway station, and in Polbeth Limefield falls. Shared use path from Polbeth to West Calder.
A stop for refreshment and at West Calder Community Centre. There is a machine serving hot and cold drinks. Bring something to eat or buy at a nearby shop.
Returning via the West Calder end of the Shale Trail, and a road section downhill to Easter Breich where we join the path through Easter Breich Woodland and follow it to the River Almond, through Kirkton Campus and by Killandean Burn, where a Kingfisher can sometimes be seen, to Livingston Village and back to HPC. Usually back by 3pm.
BEFORE THE RIDE : If needed, we can show you how to check your bike is safe to ride by carrying out the M CHECK, checking brakes work, the chain is lubricated and the tyres set to the correct pressure, look at use of gears all to make it less of an effort. Suggest what you may find useful to take on a ride.
We are NOT a club. Rides are free and open to anyone interested in finding out more about active travel, bike use, and exploring local routes. No commitment to come regularly.
There is no need to wear special cycle clothing, something comfortable, a waterproof jacket and trousers can be useful. We don't ask you to wear a helmet, it is not a lawful requirement, it is a matter of personal choice.
You may want to bring snacks and, a bottle of water.
Leccy E bikes are OK.
Supported by SUSTRANS, volunteer Ride leaders, have first aid and bike mechanic training. We can deal with most bike problems that may arise on the ride.
You may wish to drop off at any point or if we pass near to home.
To ensure no one gets lost or left behind and for safety there will be a back marker.
There may be road crossings, not controlled by traffic lights. At these be guided by ride leaders.
Children need to bring a well behaved adult.
If speed and distance are your thing this is not for you.
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