Cycle to Dean Castle Country Park
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Join us for a leisurely paced cycle along some of the back roads of East Renfrewshire and East Ayrshire for a lunch stop at the visitor centre in Dean Castle Country Park, just north of Kilmarnock.
To keep the run manageable for a short winter's day and also give us the advantage of starting off at a height of 150m, the ride will commence in Neilston, about 10 miles to the south of Glasgow, which is easily reachable by train.
We'll start by climbing along a minor road past the Neilston Dams, before descending through Dunlop towards the edge of Kilwinning. We'll then cut SE to join Sustrans route 73 along part of the former Irvine to Kilmarnock railway line. From Kilmarnock town centre, is it is then a short ride to Dean Castle Country Park. Built in the 14th century, the castle has many historical connections with names like Robert the Bruce, James III of Scotland, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns.
After a lunch stop at the cafe in the park, we'll continue northwards to join the excellent cycle route built along the course of the former A77, when it was superseded by the M77 motorway before retracing our route back to Neilston along some minor roads. Total distance of the circuit will be around 37 miles (60 km). Hardier members of the group may wish to extend the ride by continuing along the A77 back into Glasgow - which is mostly downhill anyway!
Proposed route for the ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29026317
The ride is very much weather dependent - in the event of adverse weather, snow or icy conditions it may be curtailed or postponed.
What to bring
Bike: a road bike, hybrid or mountain bike (please note. If you are on a mountain bike much of the route will be on tarmac)
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe (small front and rear "day" lights are advisable)
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
We plan to stop for lunch near Kilmarnock, but please bring some spare food and plenty of water to keep you going during the ride.