GoBike Cycle Rides

Meeting Point and Times

Meet in the open space just east (city side) of the north end of Bell’s Bridge, Glasgow (Streetmap) unless otherwise stated, at 10am. Rides start at 10am all year round. Rides are generally around 20-30 miles in length, although winter rides are shorter. Often there is the option to return by train for a shorter ride. On longer summer rides 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

Cycle Rides and Events for 2022

Rides organised by GoBike except where stated.

See Cycling UK advice regarding Coronavirus, which will affect the Go Bike cycle rides programme until further notice.

Sunday 4 December 2022 – Glasgow South Western Circular
For our last ride of the year, we will take a tour around the southwestern part of the city, taking in some museums, hospitals and cycleway developments. To start with, we will head along the bank of the River Clyde to see work on the Partick-Govan bridge at the Riverside Museum. After that we’ll use the Clyde Tunnel to cross the river to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, then continue south to Leverndale, including viewing the landmark clock tower. We’ll then turn back towards the city and pass the Burrell Collection in Pollok Park. To end, we will take the South West City Way to Buchanan Wharf, including seeing its addition through Pollokshields.
16 miles.
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 January 2023 – GoBike Annual Cycle Infrastructure Ride
This year’s infrastructure ride will take in some larger infrastructure projects, and some older and newer cycle routes. We will take a look at the open areas within the Sighthill regeneration area, including looking for evidence of the ‘cycling village’ that was promised. We’ll also pay a flying visit to the Stockingfield Bridge on our way across town. A Spaces For People pop-up cycle route will feature, as will the good old Colleges cycle route, some of which has been refreshed. There will be a “bridging gaps” theme, and riders are invited to spot gaps that have been bridged, and gaps that still require bridging. There will be a couple of viewpoints along the way, so expect the occasional hill. We will end up on Kelvin Way around lunchtime.
15 miles, including some sections on busier roads.
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 5 February 2023 – Southern Wanderer
This ride will take us around the South Side, extending as far as Eastwood and Clarkston. The ride will take in Queens Park, Linn Park and Kings Park, and is likely to include a brand new railway bridge. We will end up on the most recently completed section of the South City Way at Victoria Bridge in time for lunch.
15 miles, with a short section on an unsurfaced path.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on rough tracks Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Further rides will be announced shortly, taking the form of rides around the Glasgow area.

TBC – Irvine Valley Trail (to be rescheduled)
This ride takes us south through East Kilbride before climbing past Whitelee Forest. After lunch we will reach Darvel and follow the Irvine Valley Trail through Newmilns and Galston, and onto Kilmarnock for the train home.
40 miles.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Significant hill climbing Train home from finish
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

TBC – Clyde View (to be rescheduled)
We will leave Glasgow and join up with NCN route 75 through Paisley and onto Kilmacolm. After lunch, we will continue along the path to Port Glasgow, but leave it on the edge of town for a hilly detour to overlook the lower River Clyde. We will then decend into Greenock and go for the train home. If there is sufficient interest, there will be an optional detour to Murdieston Park and Reservoirs to see parts of the town we otherwise would never have cause to visit.
30 miles.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Significant hill climbing Train home from finish
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

TBC – Calderglen Country Park (to be rescheduled)
We will head south out of Glasgow to Rouken Glen Park before heading through Waterfoot to approach East Kilbride from the Jackton direction. Once in the new town we will cross East Kilbride using the path network, ending up at the Calderglen Country Park. After lunch at the café, we will have a quick look around the country park before heading back to Glasgow via the Cathkin Braes.
30 miles.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on rough tracks Significant hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

TBC – Dumbarton Loop (to be rescheduled)
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


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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