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 2 April – Kilsyth & Colzium Estate
This ride will head out of Glasgow via Glasgow Green, Hogganfield Park and Kirkintilloch’s Merkland Nature Reserve before joining the Forth & Clyde Canal to Twechar, followed by various paths to Kilsyth. After a café lunch, we will take a brief tour around the Colzium Estate, followed by a return to Glasgow along the Forth & Clyde Canal. Some of the paths may be unsurfaced.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on canal towpaths Ride on rough tracks Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 23 April – Pedal on Parliament Glasgow (organised by Pedal on Parliament)
In previous years we have attended Pedal on Parliament’s rally in Edinburgh. In 2017 Pedal on Parliament will be happening in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and now Glasgow! So keep an eye out for full details of this closed road demonstration event appearing soon.
Meet at Glasgow Green in time for a 1pm start. See Pedal on Parliament for details of feeder rides.
Rated: ESSENTIAL

Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May – Joint Weekend Ride with GOC – Way of the Roses
Join us for a three day coast to coast ride from Morecambe to Bridlington as we join forces with the Gay Outdoor Club – to ride the entire 274km (170 miles) of the Way of the Roses designated cycle route. The route which follows mostly minor roads or well-surfaced cycle paths, offers a contrasting mix of terrain – mostly hilly or undulating for the first half and flat or gentle for the second half.
Saturday’s route will take us up the Lune Valley and into the Yorkshire Dales, ending up at Malham YH (approx. 42 miles).
Sunday will be the biggest day of the three starting with some steep climbs taking us through upper Wharfdale and Nidderdale before levelling out as we continue through Ripon and Boroughbridge ending up at York YH (approx. 70 miles).
Monday’s route will be mostly flat taking us across the Yorkshire Wolds ending up in the east coast seaside town of Bridlington (approx. 60 miles).
Spaces for 20 people have been booked at the youth hostels and the cost of the trip set at £78.00 per person (including breakfasts and Saturday evening meal). You may also want to consider making your own accommodation bookings in Morecambe for the Friday night and / or in Bridlington on the Monday night – but this is left entirely up to individuals to arrange. E-Mail: weekend17@gobike.org for booking details.
Ride on quiet roads  Ride on pathsSignificant hill climbingTrain to start Train home from finish Booking required
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Sunday 7 May – Drumpellier Country Park
The route of this ride will head out of Glasgow via new cycle improvements at the Port Dundas Basin and in Balornock, and then onto country lanes in the Auchinloch area, before joining the Strathkelvin Railway Path to Glenboig. We will then head to Drumpellier Country Park for lunch, before returning into Glasgow to view some of the recent developments on main roads in the southeast of the city area, including Cambuslang and Rutherglen, and ending up on the South Bank cycle route.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Ride on canal towpaths Ride on busy roads Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

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 Neilston, Uplawmoor and Beith, before arriving in the Castle Semple Visitors Centre at Lochwinnoch. After lunch, a flatter return to Glasgow via NCN 7 through Paisley.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads Significant hill climbing
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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
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

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
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating
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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
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating
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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 Glasgow via the NCN75 path.
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
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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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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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