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 3 July 2022 – Seven Lochs Trail
This ride will take us out to Hogganfield Park to join the Seven Lochs Trail to Drumpellier Country Park. Although mainly intended as a walking trail, the Seven Lochs Trail can also be cycled. We’ll set off across town to head up the hill to Provanmill and Hogganfield. The Seven Lochs Trail takes us through Cardowan Moss, near to Bishop Loch, and through Commonhead Moss. We will stop for lunch at the Drumpellier Country Park, before returning to Glasgow via a section of the Monkland Canal, Baillieston, Mount Vernon, and the East City Way into Glasgow Green.
30 miles, with some short but steep gradients on the paths. Although the paths on the trail are unpaved, they are mostly in good order. There’s also a busy A-road crossing.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on canal towpaths Ride on rough tracks Significant hill climbing
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Sunday 7 August 2022 – Levern Trail & Fereneze Hills
We will head southwest out of Glasgow, passing through Bellahouston and Pollok. We will pick up paths alongside the Levern Water and follow these into Barrhead. Then we’ll climb up the hill out of the town, before ending up at the Gleniffer Braes. We will then descend into southern Paisley and head for the White Cart path back into Glasgow, with an option to go via the Clyde Tunnel. We’ll stop for a break at Gleniffer Braes Country Park, so bring something to eat.
25 miles, with significant climbing. A section will be on an unsurfaced path at Gleniffer Braes Country Park.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on rough tracks Significant hill climbing
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Sunday 4 September 2022 – Waterfoot & Thorntonhall
This ride will see us heading through southern Glasgow to Eastwood, then skirting Newton Mearns to get to Waterfoot and Thorntonhall. The return will be via Castlemilk and Rutherglen, ending in Glasgow Green around lunchtime.
20 miles, with some climbing on the outward section.
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

Further rides will be planned shortly, taking the form of shorter than usual 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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