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January 2022

Saturday 1st – New Year’s Day gravel ride, taking in the River Esk path, Dalkeith country park, Bonnyrigg, Roslin Glen and Craigmillar Castle park (29 miles).

Sunday 2nd – the intermediates rode up by Smeaton Farm to Humbie and Gifford, then back through Samuelston and Tranent (44 miles). The fitness group went via Sheriffhall and Carrington to Gladhouse, through Lamancha and Macbiehill to the moor road, home through Penicuik and the cycle path from Roslin (49 miles). The fitness-plus group went by Leadburn to the Meldons, round by the Lyne Valley to West Linton, back through Penicuik and Straiton (63 miles). The intermediate-plus group also went to West Linton, via the cycle path to Roslin, Penicuik and Carlops, back over the moor then home via Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith country park (48 miles).

Wednesday 5th – mid-week intermediate ride along the coast to North Berwick, via Whitekirk to Tyninghame for coffee, back by Athelstaneford, the A199 and Tranent (49 miles).

Sunday 9th – the fitness-plus group rode out by Borthwick and Middleton, went over the Granites then Soutra, back by Humbie and Cousland (50 miles). The fitness group went to Linlithgow via Currie, Ratho and Faucheldean, back by Philpston, Kirkliston and Cramond Brig (54 miles). The intermediate-plus group rode through Dalkeith country park then via Carrington, Rosebery reservoir and Crichton to Humbie, back by Carberry (48 miles). The intermediates went to Smeaton nursery via Aberlady and East Fortune, back through Athelstaneford and Ballencrieff (47 miles).

Wednesday 12th – mid-week intermediate ride to the Humbie Hub via Edgehead and Pathhead, back by Bolton and Samuelston (40 miles).

Saturday 15th – gravel ride to the west of Edinburgh, taking in the Dalmeny estate, South Queensferry, the Hopetoun estate and Dundas loch (45 miles).

Gravel riders at Dundas Loch (near Kirkliston), January 2022

Sunday 16th – the fitness group rode via Dalkeith and Carrington to the Scots Pine cafe, then home via Lamancha, the moor road to Penicuik, Roslin Glen and Bonnyrigg (50 miles). The intermediate-plus group went through Mayfield, Crichton, Humbie and Gifford to Merryhatton, then back by Longniddry and the coast road (57 miles). The fitness-plus group rode round the Pentlands, out along the Lang Whang, back through West Linton and Penicuik, with a coffee stop at Carnwath (67 miles). The intermediates rode through Pathhead and Tynehead to the A7, over the hill to Soutra for coffee, back by Humbie and Tranent (40 miles).

Fitness riders in winter sunshine, heading towards Lamancha, January 2022

Wednesday 19th – mid-week intermediate ride to Smeaton Nursery via W Saltoun and the Hailes Castle road, back through Athelstaneford and Bangly Brae (50 miles).

Sunday 23rd – the inters-plus group rode via Edgehead and Borthwick to the Granites, then via Heriot and Gilston to the House of Soutra, but finding it full, went on to the Humbie Hub and direct back from there (50 miles). The fitness group did a very similar route but included Carrington and Temple on the way out (52 miles). The intermediates split in two: a longer ride to West Linton via Penicuik, back by Gladhouse and Dalkeith country park (55 miles); and a shorter route to the Lanterne Rouge at Gifford, but since it was also full, went on to the Humbie Hub and direct back (40 miles). The fitness-plus group rode along the coast to North Berwick then via East Linton, the Yak, Pathhead and Crichton to Vogrie country park, back through Cousland (60 miles).

Inters-plus group at Soutra Aisle, January 2022

Wednesday 26th – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via Cousland and Pencaitland, back through Petersmuir, East Saltoun and Elphingstone (39 miles).

Saturday 29th – gravel ride taking in Newcraighall, Roslin, Gore Glen and Dalkeith country park, route slightly shortened due to the high winds (33 miles)

Sunday 30th – the inters-plus group rode to Tyninghame via Tranent, Pencaitland and Gifford, back by Athelstaneford and Bangly Brae (49 miles). The inters went to Merryhatton via the coast road and Gullane, back by East Fortune, Myreton and the level crossing (47 miles). The fitness ride went to Lauder, over to Stow, back by Heriot (55 miles). Fitness-plus riders went to the Strawberry Barn through Gifford, Garvald and Stenton, back through Tyninghame and Athelstaneford (55 miles).

February 2022

Wednesday 2nd – mid-week intermediate ride to Whitekirk Hill, out along the coast to Aberlady, then via Fenton Barns and Congalton, back through East Fortune and Drem (45 miles).

Mid-week intermediate ride coffee stop at Whitekirk Hill, February 2022

Sunday 6th – a combined fitness/inters-plus group went up to Roslin on the cycle-path from Shawfair, then via Rosslynlee, Gladhouse and Rosberry reservoirs and Carrington to the mining museum cafe at Newtongrange, back by Stobhill, Crichton and Carberry (50 miles). The fitness-plus group rode to Gifford, then via Biel to Haddington, back by the level crossing and Port Seton (55 miles). The intermediates went via Crichton and Fala to Humbie, back by Samuelston and the level crossing (42 miles).

Wednesday 9th – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via East Saltoun, back by Samuelston (35 miles).

Saturday 12th – gravel ride to East Linton via Coates and Hailes, back Pencraig, Monkmains and the railway path to Longniddry.

Sunday 13th – a very wet day, with reduced numbers at the bandstand. The fitness group went round by Longyester and Morham Bank to Haddington, back via Samuelston and the level crossing (47 miles). The fitness-plus group went to Smeaton nursery in East Linton via the Saltouns and Haddington, back through Tranent (58 miles). A combined inters-plus and inters group also went to Smeaton via Aberlady and Whitekirk, back by Markle and Gladsmuir (45 miles).

Sunday 20th – following a week of stormy weather, numbers were again reduced. A combined inters-plus/fitness group rode to the Scots Pine near Eddleston via Dalkeith country park, Carrington, Temple and Gladhouse, back by Leadburn, Auchendinny and the Roslin-Shawfair cycle path (46 miles). The inters group went to the House of Soutra via Smeaton and Blegbie, back by Fala and Edgehead (36 miles). A small fitness-plus group did a loop round by Penicuik, Gladhouse and Tynehead to Humbie, back through Pencaitland and Tranent (57 miles).

Inters-plus and fitness riders take a short-cut that turns out to be more off-road than planned, between Dalhousie and Carrington, February 2022

Wednesday 23rd – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via the coast road, Bangly Brae, Haddington and Beech Hill, back by East Saltoun and Pencaitland (36 miles).

Saturday 26th – gravel ride taking in Old Craighall, Crichton glen, Pencaitland and the Winton estate (34 miles).

Sunday 27th – both the fitness-plus and fitness groups rode south via Carberry and Borthwick to the Granites, then via Heriot and Gilston to the House of Soutra, back through Humbie and Cousland (49 miles). One intermediate group went to Tyninghame via Aberlady and North Berwick, back via Athelstaneford (51 miles); another looped south via Dalkeith country park, Rosebery reservoir and Crichton to Humbie, then back through East Saltoun and Elphinstone (49 miles).

March 2022

Wednesday 2nd – mid-week intermediate ride to Tyninghame via the level crossing, Athelstaneford, Drem and Whitekirk, back by Hailes Castle and Haddington (50 miles).

Sunday 6th – the fitness group rode on or near the coast road then via Whitekirk, East Linton and Papple to Gifford, back by Humbie and Fala (61 miles). The intermediate-plus group rode round the coast to North Berwick, then through Binning Wood, East Linton and Hailes Castle to Gifford, back by Longyester and Cousland (60 miles). The intermediate group went to Tyninghame via Aberlady, Drem and Whitekirk, back via the Biel estate, the Saltouns and Edgehead (57 miles). The fitness-plus group went over the Meldons and round Cademuir hill to Innerleithen, then back over the Granites (72 miles).

Wednesday 9th – mid-week intermediate ride up Fa’side to Ormiston, along the railway path to West Saltoun and on to Gifford; back by Pencaitland and Tranent (41 miles).

Saturday 12th – gravel ride along the Forth coast to Blackness via the Dalmeny and Hopetoun estates, back the same way initially then inland by Dundas Loch and on cycle paths through the city (45 miles).

Sunday 13th – a windy day, and East Lothian routes all round. The intermediates rode along the coast to Aberlady, then via Kingston and North Berwick to Whitekirk Hill, back by Athelstaneford, Gladsmuir and Carberry (56 miles). The inters-plus group rode to Strawberry Barn by East Saltoun, Longyester and Stenton, back past Traprain Law, Haddington, Pencaitland and Fa’side (61 miles). The fitness group went out by a similar route but on to Tyninghame for coffee, back by Kingston, Fenton Barns and the coast road (65 miles). The fitness-plus group rode direct to Gifford, up Redstone Rig to Whiteadder, then over Crystal Rig to Spott and through the Biel estate to Tyninghame and back through Athelstaneford and Bangly Brae (67 miles).

Wednesday 16th – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via Pencaitland, back by Samuelston and Macmerry (34 miles).

Sunday 20th – the intermediate group rode to East Linton by Carberry, the ford, Humbie and Garvald, back by Athelstaneford and Bangly Brae (59 miles). The inters-plus group went to Peebles via Penicuik and West Linton, back by Gladhouse (64 miles). The fitness group rode more directly to Peebles, over to Innerleithen and back over the Granites (68 miles). The fitness-plus group went to Dunbar: out by Humbie, Garvald and Spott, back by Whitekirk, Athelstaneford and East Saltoun (73 miles).

Wednesday 23rd – mid-week intermediate ride through Port Seton and Athelstaneford to Tyninghame, back by Hailes Castle, Haddington and Tranent (45 miles).

Saturday 26th – gravel ride taking in Rosewell, Carrington, Newtongrange and Dalkeith country park (29 miles).

Gravel ride, March 2022

Sunday 27th – on a beautiful spring day (but with early haar), both the fitness and intermediate-plus groups rode to Garvald and up onto the Lammermuirs, down the Rig to Gifford and back, the inters-plus by a direct route, the fitness group by Humbie, the ford, Crichton and Edgehead (63/51 miles). The intermediate group rode up the Granites, over to Heriot, then Soutra and back through Humbie (51 miles). The fitness-plus group rode over the Granites to Innerleithen, along the south of the Tweed to Caddonfoot, then back by the coach road to Heriot, Crichton and Cousland (75 miles).

Wednesday 30th – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via Cousland, Humbie and over Bohomy Hill; back by Pencaitland, Boggs Holdings and Longniddry (45 miles).

April 2022

Sunday 3rd – the inters-plus group rode via Mayfield and Borthwick to the Granites, down to Innerleithen, then along the south of the Tweed and back by the coach road, Crichton and Pathhead (69 miles). The intermediates rode out to Tyninghame via Aberlady, back by Biel, Bolton and West Saltoun (59 miles). The fitness-plus group went to Broughton via West Linton and Biggar, back by Eddleston and Carrington (78 miles).

Wednesday 6th – mid-week intermediate ride along the Roslin cycle path to Loanhead, then via Carrington, Gore Glen, Crichton and Vogrie to Cranston; back by Dalkeith and the cycle path to Whitecraig (45 miles).

Saturday 9th – gravel ride to the Pentlands via Dalkeith country park and Roslin Glen, back by the Water of Leith and the Innocent railway (37 miles).

Sunday 10th – a combined fitness/inters-plus group rode to Tyninghame by the coast road, then back through Moreham, Gifford, Newton Hall and the Saltouns (69 miles). The fitness-plus group went to Innerleithen over the Meldons, back over the Granites (73 miles). The intermediates went up the Shawfair cycle path to Loanhead then via Polton Glen to Roswell, back by Carrington, Middleton and Crichton (43 miles).

Wednesday 13th – mid-week intermediate ride to Whitekirk Hill via Aberlady, back by Athelstaneford and Gladsmuir (47 miles).

Sunday 17th – the fitness group went south, on the cycle-path to Roslin, then via Leadburn, the Meldons and round Cademuir to Peebles, back by Gladhouse, Carrington and Dalkeith country park (64 miles). The inters-plus group also started out on the cycle path to Roslin, then went east from Penicuik through Gorebridge to Pencaitland, back by Haddington and the level crossing (61 miles). A small fitness-plus group went to Abbey St Bathans via Haddington, Garvald and Cranshaws, back by Innerwick and Spott (82 miles). The inters group rode round the coast to North Berwick, stopped at Tyninghame for coffee, and returned via West Barns, Stenton and Pencaitland (61 miles).

Wednesday 20th – mid-week intermediate ride through Pathhead, Crichton, Borthwick and Rosebery to Rosewell for coffee, back through Polton glen and down the Shawfair cycle path (41 miles).

Saturday 23rd – gravel ride, and special road ride, to Gifford to celebrate the club’s 10th birthday at the Lanterne Rouge (road: 38/43 miles; gravel 38 miles); a few went on to Pedal on Parliament.

Celebrating 10 years of Portovelo rides at the Lanterne Rouge in Gifford
Gravel riders get arty in East Lothian

Sunday 24th – the fitness group looped round by Carrington, then via Fala, Humbie, Morham and East Linton to Tyninghame, back by Whitekirk, Aberlady and the coast road (71 miles). The fitness-plus group rode through the Saltouns, round by Humbie, then via Gifford and Garvald to West Barns, back by Tantallon and minor roads through the middle of East Lothian (73 miles). The intermediates also rode to West Barns, but by more direct routes there and back (54 miles). The inters-plus group went to North Berwick via Gifford and Hailes Castle, back by the coast road (55 miles). 

Wednesday 27th – mid-week intermediate ride through Tranent, Haddington, Luggate and Biel to Whitekirk Hill for coffee; back through Kingston, Fenton Barns and Aberlady (54 miles).

May 2022

Sunday 1st – the inters-plus ride went to Lauder via Pencaitland, Humbie, Carfrae and in past Thirlestane Castle, back by Oxton, Fala Dam, Crichton and Edgehead (60 miles). The fitness ride went up by Smeaton, Pathhead, Humbie, Garvald, Stenton and Dunbar to the Strawberry Barn, back by East Linton, the Yak and Bangly Brae (69 miles). The intermediates rode to West Linton by Gladhouse, Shiplaw and Lamancha, back through Penicuik and Bonnyrigg (52 miles). The fitness-plus group rode up Redstone Rig, down to Garvald, then via West Barns to Tyninghame, back through Haddington (65 miles).

Wednesday 4th – mid-week intermediate ride to Humbie via Mayfield and Edgehead; back by East Saltoun, Pencaitland and Tranent (38 miles).

Saturday 7th – gravel ride to Haddington via Carberry, Winton woods and Letham Mains, back by the railway path to Longniddry, Elphinstone and Smeaton (39 miles).

Sunday 8th – the inters-plus and fitness groups both went to Innerleithen via Gladhouse and Peebles, back over the Granites (68/71 miles). The fitness-plus group rode via Haddington and Garvald to Duns, back by Longformacus and the Rig (78 miles). The intermediates went up the Rig, down to Garvald and Haddington for coffee (54 miles).

Wednesday 11th – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via the level crossing, Haddington and Morham, back by the Saltouns and the railway path to Carberry (40 miles).

Sunday 15th – all four groups did East Lothian loops. The intermediates went to Tyninghame via Athelstaneford, back by Biel and Samuelston (51 miles). The inters-plus group went to Strawberry Barn through Macmerry, Beech Hill, Stenton, Spott and Dunbar, back by Haddington and the level crossing (59 miles). The fitness-plus riders did a similar ride out to Strawberry Barn, but back a longer way, from Haddington to Humbie (70 miles). The fitness group rode up the Rig, past Whiteadder, over Crystal Rig to Spott, back through Morham and Gladsmuir (66 miles).

Wednesday 18th – mid-week intermediate ride to Gifford via Cousland, the Saltouns and Leehouses, back by Samuelston (37 miles).

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