Lowther Hills Circular Cycle
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Our route for this ride will take us from the Upper Clyde Valley over the Lowther Hills via Wanlockhead (Scotland's highest village at around 470m) before an exhilarating descent into Upper Nithsdale. After a lunch stop in Sanquhar our return route across the Lowther Hills will follow the slightly less hilly route via Crawfordjohn a mere 266m above sea level! Total distance for this circuit will be around 66 miles.
The planned route can be viewed on the OS website via the following link: -
What to bring
Bike: a road bike
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
We plan to stop for lunch in Sanquhar - the approximate halfway point of the ride - there are pubs, cafes and shops there. However as much of the route takes us through remote locations with few opportunities to buy food you should carry sufficient spare food and drinks with you.