Cramond & Leith

Distance: 17.76 miles/28.58 km. All routes start/finish at Middle Meadow Walk junction.

Duration: Approx 2-3 hours at a gentle pace.

Terrain: A mixture of shared use tarmac cycle paths and quiet roads. Suitable for road bikes and hybrids bikes. Mostly flat but with some small undulations.

Description: A very picturesque route that takes you out to Cramond, a suburb to the north-east of Edinburgh city centre. Cramond has a very rich historical past dating back to Mesolithic times. It also has a Roman connection and the remains of an old Roman Fort can be found in the grounds of Cramond Kirk (old Scots word for a church). You can also explore Cramond Island which is a tidal island and is one mile (1.6 km) out to sea and can be visited at low tide across the Drum sands on a causeway. Definitely worth doing if you have the time! Refreshments can be found at The Falls Café, Cramond Inn and the Boardwalk Café halfway along the Esplanade. From the Esplanade you can just glimpse the Forth Bridges in South Queensferry to the west and to the north you can see along the coast to Granton and Leith beyond.

Places of interest on the route: Cramond Kirk; Cramond Island; Granton and Leith.