This week is Bike to Work Week and RSPB always has a wee competition to see who can cycle in to work from the furthest place. My colleague Rory Crawford and I both live in Glasgow but are Edinburgh based so we decided to give it a go – well half of it. We jumped on the train at Glasgow Queen Street with our bikes and disembarked at Falkirk High heading straight for the nearby Union Canal and the towpath east to Edinburgh. You can easily join the canal at Falkirk, Polmont or Linlithgow.
It’s a lovely cycle in the morning, chiffchaff and chaffinch singing and insects dashing about inches above the water surface. We saw stonechat, bullfinch, heron and a family of swans, and a dipper by the river below the Avon Aqueduct nr Linlithgow. The canal loops around Broxburn before heading east again to Edinburgh so here we hopped off to head more directly, past the airport to Edinburgh Park, along the cycle paths.
It took just over 2 hours so not a bad way to get me in training for anything over the usual 10 mins ride in Glasgow.