Wed, 2014 Apr 2 11:30 AM BST
Nat Cycling Route 7, much of it on rough tracks, more so on the Glen Trool side. It was actually 34 miles in total - as garmin battery ran out at 29.12! A great ride, but quite tough.
Thirty-four miles, much of it on forest tracks, in some places steep and uneven.
We start the day out with coffee and a scone - there’s a surprise. This time we’re at Clatteringshaws Loch Visitor Centre, and we decide to take the bikes along the road and track for a while to see how it goes.
It goes along the main road, then turns off to the right, signed as Sustrans National Cycle Route 7. This is a very minor road hugging the edge of the reservoir/loch and climbing fairly gently, interspersed with some downhill sections.
The road turns into forest track, but is easily ridden on, though hard work - climbing up to 900 feet above Loch Dee.
The descent towards Glentrool is steeper, but the route is always clearly signed. It drops down to below 300 feet, then climbs again before meeting the Glentrool road at the ruce’s Stone car park. We stop and chat to a man with a motorhome, who has just walked a Merrick circuit, before sailing down the road to the very welcoming Glentrool Visitor centre for lunch.Then, it’s simply a question retracing our route. I confess I pushed the bike once or twice. A ride to dream about.