Cycle to the Smiddy

Posted by chdot on September 11, 2008

This month’s 20 Milers ride will visit the Cousland Smiddy – a restored Smith’s Cottage and 18th century Smiddy building – which is only open a few days a year.

As usual the ride will leave the top of Middle Meadow Walk (by the two Police Coffee Boxes) at 10.30 on Saturday (13th).

Mike Lewis of the 20 milers says “We have an interesting day planned. Darren Mirfield will be leading us on a very pleasant route to Cousland in Midlothian. Although slightly longer than usual (about 24 miles in total), it should be a reasonably easy ride, mainly following bike paths and other off-road routes. It will be reasonably flat, apart from one serious hill just before we reach the village.

“The ride will provide a rare opportunity to visit Cousland Smiddy which will be having an open day to coincide with our visit. The visit to the smiddy will, of course, be optional, but I think it will be worth doing. Note that there is a suggested entry donation of £2.

“Cousland doesn’t have a pub or cafe, but the folk at the smiddy will be laying on hot drinks and home baking. This will be our main meal break, so I suggest you also bring a sandwich or snack to supplement the food on offer. Remember, all our rides are free, and you’re welcome to bring your pals.”

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