Normally an easy walk my Waverley to Haymarket journey involved 31 miles with over 1600 ft of climb. I am sure that even those of you not very familiar with the route between Edinburgh’s two rail stations will realise I did not take the direct route!
With a clear but cold day forecast I took myself down to my local station and boarded the train to Edinburgh my mission two fold could I book rail tickets for a journey to France in July and a route recce for Scottish Bike Touring.
Objective No 1 the answer was no, so back to trawling the internet trying to make sense of advance booking dates and timetables here and in France. Objective two? Read on…..
The day was to turn out to be a railway type of day the route I took used a lot of disused railway line and went thru a lot of old railway tunnels. The first rail line is known as the Innocent railway and is picked up near the Commonwealth pool this is the old Edinburgh to Dalkeith line and is a popular route within the city for walkers and cyclists. It is also part of NCR 1 which I would be on for a lot of todays route. It may seem strange then that my vehicle of choice was my 29er. All will be revealed.
My route took me past the Scottish Parliament building and Arthurs seat into the Innoent tunnel part of the old Dalkeith to Edinburgh line. I followed this, which eventually becomes part of NCR 1 to Dalkeith onwards towards the Pentland hills, white with snow, in the distance.
Up and over an icy snow covered track to Currie then plain sailing along the canal to Haymarket and the train home.
A great day and one I look forward to repeating with customers of SBT!