Walkers riders visit yer wee bit hills and glens (with some tents thrown in for good measure)

The Perthshire village of Comrie was the base for an Easter weekend outdoors adventure enjoyed by four members of Walkers Cycling Club writes Alan Woodison.

John Walker, Drew Thomson, William Gerrie and Faye Murfet travelled north for a mountain bike ride on the 45-mile Comrie loop.

The trail, known as the Heritage Path, goes though Glen Artney to Callander on ideal mountain bike territory. Great weather, plenty of climbing and some rolling trails greeted the group. Socks and shoes came off at one point to tackle a river crossing which the ride leader had purposely kept quiet about.

A quick pit stop was taken at Callander for pasties then the group followed the Loch Lubnaig cycle path to Strathyre and Lochearnhead where they joined the waterside road back to the start.

At Comrie the foursome were joined by another club member, James Sapwell, for an overnight camp. Next day, Easter Sunday, they headed to the fantastic trails at Comrie Croft for another mountain biking treat. One of the group wasn’t up to the second riding session and opted instead to relax with coffee and cake in the nearby café.

Fantastic weather, great company and chunky off-road bikes all combined to make the outing a great weekend away.

This trip was a forerunner to a club C2C ride being planned for later in the summer.

The plan is to leave from Oban after camping overnight on Saturday, August 1st. The group will start early for the 70-mile road trip to Comrie Croft, where they will bed down for the next day’s 55-mile leg to the Fife coast.

Elsewhere in bonnie Scotland, Roadies from Walkers Cycling Club led the way on a ten-rider outing to Arran on Saturday, while three Trekkers followed the cycle route from Gourock up through Port Glasgow to Kilmacolm and back again via the Gryffe Reservoirs, Loch Thom and Cornalees.

The Inverclyde trekkers encountered nothing more than a slight drizzle at times, while strong coastal winds mixed with occasional displays of sunshine made the 57-mile Arran circular a typical Easter time cycle on the island.

Holiday weekend riders who ventured over to the island on Sunday and Monday were surprised to find a blanket of fog enveloping Brodick.

The socks and shoes come off as a mere river proves to be no obstacle for the MTBers.
The socks and shoes come off as a mere river proves to be no obstacle for the MTBers.