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

Cycle Rides and Events for 2021

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.

Saturday 6 November 2021 – COP26 Demonstration Feeder Rides
A number of feeder rides have been organised to bring people to Kelvingrove Park for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. Please see Pedal on Parliament for further details.

Sunday 7 November 2021 – Bowling Bowline
We will start from Pacific Quay and follow the COP26 diversion, which has been a subject of campaigning. This will land us on the Loch Lomond cycle path, so we will follow this to Bowling to see the new Bowline railway arches rehabilitation there. Along the way we will see a number of past, present and future developments on the route of the Lanarkshire & Dumbartonshire Railway. The return to Glasgow will be along the Forth & Clyde Canal. The ride is about 25 miles long, so will finish around lunchtime.
Due to matters outside of our control, the meeting point for this ride is different from usual. Meet 10am Pacific Drive at Bell’s Bridge access, Glasgow. This social ride will require a register of names and contact details to be taken at the start in line with advice.

Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on canal towpaths Moderate hill climbing
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Sunday 5 December 2021 – South Eastern Local Tour
We will cut across the south side of Glasgow to Rutherglen. We’ll pass through Overtoun Park then continue across town to the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park. After that, we will return to Glasgow Green and the riverside through Dalmarnock. The ride is around 12 miles long, so will finish before lunchtime.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow. This social ride will require a register of names and contact details to be taken at the start in line with advice.

Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Moderate hill climbing
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Further rides will be planned shortly, taking the form of shorter than usual rides around the Glasgow area.

TBC – Cathkin Braes (to be rescheduled)
For this ride, we will head across the south side of Glasgow, and through Rutherglen and Cambuslang, all the time climbing. We will then take some back roads around Dechmont Hill, and turn towards Nerston and Carmunnock, before then descending the Cathkin Braes back into Glasgow in time for lunch.
20 miles.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Significant hill climbing
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TBC – Northwestern Parks & Open Spaces (to be rescheduled)
For our themed last ride of the year, we will take a ride around some of the many green spaces in the north and western parts of the city. We’ll take in areas such as Yorkhill and Glasgow Harbour, parks such as Victoria Park and Knightswood Park, and even get as far as Drumchapel. We’ll see the Forth & Clyde Canal and Garscube Estate, and end up at Lambhill Stables for an optional loop around Possil Marsh, before returning into the West End for lunch.
20 miles.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on canal towpaths Moderate hill climbing
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TBC – Seven Lochs Trail (to be rescheduled)
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. After lunch at Drumpellier, we will return to Glasgow via a section of the Monkland Canal, Baillieston, Tollcross Park, and then join the Clyde Walkway 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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TBC – To Harthill and back (to be rescheduled)
This ride will start from Motherwell station and head to Wishaw to see some new cycle developments in the area, before heading out into the Lanarkshire countryside out to Shotts. We will then cross to Harthill to see a bridge paid for by Walking & Cycling money, before reaching Blackridge where we will join NCN route 75. The lunch stop will be at Drumpellier Country Park before a fairly direct ride back into Glasgow.
45 miles, with some riding on main roads, and a couple of busy main road crossings.
Meet 9.50am outside Motherwell Station, Muir Street, Motherwell, ML1 1BL.
Catch either 0855 Hyndland-Motherwell or 0920 Glasgow Central-Lanark to get to Motherwell, or make your own way to Motherwell and meet us there.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on busy roads Ride on canal towpaths Ride on rough tracks Moderate hill climbing Train to start
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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
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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
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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
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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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