Pedal the Park (around Scotland's largest regional park)
Claire Devlin is the Secretary of Ride63 Community Cycling Club - a Cycling UK-affiliated club - and a countryside ranger at the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. The club have taken part in the Big Bike Revival for the past three years, and also run club road rides, mountain bike rides and rides for people with disabilities.
The Pedal the Park route takes in 100km of the boundary of Scotland’s largest Regional Park, Clyde Muirshiel. Start from Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire (with handy free onsite parking) and enjoy undulating terrain, stunning scenery and the odd challenging hill climb. Pedal alongside Loch Thom, descend through the picturesque Brisbane Glen and enjoy stunning views across the Firth of Clyde from the Fairlie Moor Road. Spend a full day out completing this ride and lunch at the bustling seaside town of Largs with plenty of food and ice cream options. The Regional Park’s own Greenock Cut Visitor Centre is on the route and opens at weekends with coffee and cakes to refuel for those who prefer somewhere quieter.
This route also forms the basis of a sportive which takes place every spring, run by the Regional Park and Ride63 Community Cycling Club, attracting over 300 cyclists. This is a ride for the experienced road cyclist or fast hybrid and we recommended you bring snacks, puncture repair kit and plenty of water. Like the ride? Sign up to Pedal the Park next year, join Ride63 Cycling Community Club and enjoy the camaraderie of other cyclists.