Scottish Borders Cycle Traverse Day 1 (Lockerbie-Tweedbank)
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The first of two day rides across south-east Scotland - come along for either or make a weekend of it and join us for both!
Day 1 will actually start off in Dumfries and Galloway, from the market town of Lockerbie. We'll head north-east through the Eskdalemuir, Craik and Ettrick Forests towards the border towns of Selkirk and Galashiels.
Day 2 will cover 45 miles from Tweedbank to Berwick - please sign up separately for this and book your own B&B accommodation in Galashiels for the Saturday evening.
This route will be mostly on B-roads and will take us through some quite remote countryside. For those who missed our ride in this area last year, there may be another opportunity to drop in at the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre near Eskdalemuir and we'll probably stop for lunch at Tushielaw Inn, an eighteenth century coaching house in the middle of a largely uninhabited area.
A map showing the route for this ride can be found here.
The ride will be around 80km climbing in the middle to around 350m. We will finish the ride near Tweedbank railway station for those who wish to return home on the Saturday evening.
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
Although a lunch stop is planned at Tushielaw Inn, much of the ride takes us through remote areas with no shops or cafes - so you are advised to carry some food and plenty of drinks with you.
If staying on for the Sunday ride to Berwick, we will probably arrange to eat somewhere in Galashiels in the evening.