Lesmahagow loop from Glasgow
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A long cycle from Glasgow to Lesmahagow and back.
From Glasgow Green we shall head south skirting around East Kilbride and Strathaven on mostly B roads. We then head towards Coalburn, but take a left towards Lesmahagow to avoid busier roads. Opportunity for a coffee or refreshments there. The return leg takes us North West towards Blantyre and then back to Glasgow Green.
To accommodate folk who would like to do a shorter ride we can meet you at Auldhouse about 11am. I'll post a shorter version below. It doesn't link up exactly with longer ride but not far off. There is an industrial estate nearby with plenty free parking. Just private message me if you choose this option.
Strava links below...
Full route: https://www.strava.com/routes/24582783
Shorter route: https://www.strava.com/routes/24581864
(All photos on this page were taken by myself)
What to bring
Bike: A road bike or Hybrid with thin tyres.
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
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
A great deal of this cycle is well away from any shops. It's essential to be self sufficient. Two water bottles and 4 or 5 snacks are required
We plan to stop for a break in Lesmahagow.