GoBike Cycle Rides

Meeting Point and Times

Meet at the pagoda at the north end of Bell’s Bridge, Glasgow (Streetmap or aerial photo) unless otherwise stated, at 10am. Rides start at 10am all year round. Rides are generally around 30-40 miles in length, although winter rides are shorter. Often there is the option to return by train for a shorter ride. A lunch break is usually taken in a suitable pub or café en route, although you are welcome to bring your own picnic if you wish. Rides are usually on tarmac surfaces (road or path) and suitable for most types of bikes, e.g. tourer, racer, hybrid, mountain bike, but will occasionally feature sections of route on rougher paths or tracks – see ride descriptions for details.

GoBike rides are social rides for GoBike members, and are not a club run. We would ask that anyone coming along adheres to the rules of the road, rides no more than two abreast, and takes the safety of other riders around them into account when cycling.

A Go Bike ride tackling one of Glasgow's quadruple carriageway roads - click for larger image
A GoBike ride tackling one of Glasgow’s quadruple carriageway roads

If attending GoBike rides, please take a note of the GoBike phone number 07932 460093 to bring with you.  Note: please only use this phone number for our rides; it is not a general contact number.

Cycle Rides and Events for 2019

Rides organised by GoBike except where stated.

Sunday 1 September – Strathaven Circular
Another popular destination is Strathaven, so we will take a circular route out through Eaglesham and back via High Blantyre, with a lunch stop at Strathaven.
45 miles, including some short but steep climbs.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Significant hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 September – Weekend Ride 2019 – Scottish Borders
A two-day trip across the Scottish Borders. 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 (approx. 50 miles). Day 2 will be a slightly shorter, flatter and easier day as we cover the eastern half of the Tweed Cycleway, following the river downstream through Kelso and Coldstream before crossing the border into Northumberland, finishing at the coastal town of Berwick upon Tweed (approx. 45 miles). Participants should make their own accommodation and travel arrangements for the trip. Advance booking of rail tickets with cycle reservations (which can be made online via scotrail.co.uk) is strongly advised for getting to the start point at Lockerbie and return trip from Berwick. It is suggested that intending participants book B&B accommodation in or around Galashiels for the Saturday evening. If unable to manage the whole weekend, participants are welcome to join us for either of the two days. .
Meet 10.15 at Lockerbie railway station on Saturday 28th and 10.15 at Tweedbank railway station on Sunday 29th.
Ride on quiet roads
Significant hill climbing Train to start Train home from finish
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 6 October – Dumbarton Loop
We will head out of Glasgow along the Loch Lomond Railway Path, but only as far as Dumbarton. After the lunch stop there will be a tour around the Dumbarton area to see some of the local attractions, including passing Strathleven House, before returning to Glasgow.
35 miles, largely on the flat.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on canal towpaths Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 3 November – The White Cart Wanderer
We will head to Renfrew to where the Cart meets the River Clyde before loosely following the White Cart upstream to Linn Park. Attractions en route include Paisley Abbey, Pollok Park and the Snuff Mill Bridge.
25 miles, ending back at Victoria Road.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 1 December – Northern Sights Old & New
The themed ride this December will take an anti-clockwise tour around the northern side of Glasgow to see some of the many fine buildings and parks around the city, as well as visiting some viewpoints. We will pass railway stations, universities, hospitals and glasshouses, some older, some newer, and end up at Kelvingrove in time for lunch.
20 miles, including some short climbs.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Significant hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 5 January 2020 – 2020 Vision
For our annual tour of cycle infrastructure, we will be taking a trip around various work both north and south of the river. We’ll start by heading to Woodside to see the latest on the Connecting Woodside project, then cross the city centre by way of Sauchiehall Street, to the Merchant City from where we’ll follow the South City Way. We’ll continue south through Battlefield, then turn at Muirend to head for Queen’s Park, the South West City Way, and the Stobcross Bridge.
16 miles, ending back at Kelvingrove in time for lunch.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on busy roads Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating


Key to symbols:
Ride on paths Ride on paths (cycle paths, paths in parks, etc) Significant hill climbing Moderate hill climbing Significant/moderate hill climbing
Ride on canal towpaths Ride on canal towpaths Steps en route Steps en route
Ride on rough tracks Ride on rough tracks (farm or forest tracks, unmade paths, etc) Gate or stile en route Gate or stile en route
Ride on quiet roads Ride on quiet roads (residential streets, country lanes) Ford en route Ford en route
Ride on busy roads Ride on busy roads Train to start Train to start
Booking required Booking required Train home from finish Train home from finish
Stall or static event Stall or static event Ferry crossing involved Ferry crossing involved

Go Bike star rating = GoBike star rating: 1 being easiest, 5 most challenging, based on distance, gradients, etc.

Where do you want to cycle to? Let us know of your suggestions for future cycle rides.

For other led cycle rides in the Glasgow area see
CyclingUK Glasgow,
Belles on Bikes Glasgow, Belles on Bikes Cumbernauld
while for the Edinburgh area see Cycling Edinburgh
and for Ayrshire see CyclingUK Ayrshire.
Mellow Velo organises rides across Central Scotland, and occasionally further afield.
Bike Events Scotland lists cycling-related events from all over Scotland.

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