Cycle Rides

Meeting Point and Times

Meet at the pagoda at the north end of Bell’s Bridge, Glasgow (Streetmap, OS map 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. See Past Cycle Rides for a few example cycle ride routes, based on rides Go Bike has gone on in the past.Please read this general information about the cycle rides.

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

If attending Go Bike rides, please take a note of the Go Bike 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 2017

Rides organised by Go Bike except where stated.

Sunday 4 June – Over The Hills To Lochwinnoch
This ride will take us out of Glasgow via the Dams2Darnley Country Park, then via a hilly route through to Dunlop and Beith, before arriving in the Castle Semple Visitors Centre at Lochwinnoch. After lunch, a flatter return to Glasgow via NCN 7 through Paisley. Some of the route is on an off-road hill path and a forestry track, so will be unsuitable for skinny tyre bikes. However, most of the route will be on asphalt.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on rough tracks Significant hill climbing Gate or stile en route
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Sunday 2 July – Dargavel & Clyde Coastal Path
A ride out straight out to the Erskine Bridge before taking a detour around the Dargavel development at Bishopton, then picking up the Clyde Coastal Path from Langbank. After lunch in Greenock, an option to continue to Inverkip, before returning to Glasgow by train.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on canal towpaths Moderate hill climbing Train home from finish
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Sunday 6 August – Falkirk Wheel & Clackmannanshire Bridge
The route of this ride will take us through Cumbernauld and the Castlecary Arches to reach the Falkirk Wheel. After lunch we shall continue past the Kelpies to a new destination of Alloa, crossing the Clackmannanshire Bridge on the way, before returning to Glasgow by train.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on canal towpaths Moderate hill climbing Train home from finish
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Sunday 3 September – Lanarkshire Circular
To round off the longer summer season rides we will take a trip into the countryside to the south and east of Glasgow, taking in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Glassford. We will then ride around some woodland paths in Chatelherault Country Park. After lunch at Chatelherault’s café we will move on to Strathclyde Country Park and the new cycle infrastructure at the Raith Interchange. From Uddingston there will be an opportunity to return to Glasgow along NCN75 or to take an alternative route to see some of the new motorway-related cycle infrastructure around Baillieston, followed by a return into Glasgow along Edinburgh Road.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on rough tracks Ride on busy roads Significant hill climbing
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Sunday 1 October – Kilmacolm Circular
We shall head out mostly on minor roads through Paisley, Linwood and Houston to Kilmacolm. After lunch, we’ll return to Paisley via the NCN75 path to visit a few more of the town’s attractions to be seen along the way, before continuing onwards to Glasgow.
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 November – Dumbarton Rock
On this ride we shall follow the Loch Lomond Cycle Path out through Clydebank and Bowling to visit Dumbarton Rock. After lunch in the town centre we’ll take a tour up to Overtoun House before returning to Glasgow. Note that there will be a couple of short sections on main roads, plus a tricky main road crossing, on this ride.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on canal towpaths Ride on busy roads Significant hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating
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Sunday 3 December – Glasgow Cycle Tour
For the final ride of the year we shall take a 18 mile tour of the attractions of Glasgow, including some of the best known buildings and landmarks around the city. Education, religion, horticulture, medical, sport, defence, industry, transport and a flagpole viewpoint are all represented. And of course, there will be many pieces of new and old cycle infrastructure along the way.
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

 


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 = Go Bike 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
CTC Glasgow,
Belles on Bikes Glasgow, Belles on Bikes Cumbernauld and
Glasgow Road Cycling Meetup,
while for the Edinburgh area see Cycling Edinburgh
and for Ayrshire see CTC 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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