The ride will start at 9.30am from the main car park by the river.
Those of you familiar with this route will know that describing the route as 'mildly undulating' is stretching credibility. There is a 1 mile climb up Langholm Moor at the start and the first 200 metres or so is steep! about 16% gradient. The ride thereafter is easier and the route description is mostly accurate. There are two other significant hills on the route but neither are particularly long or arduous - depends how fit and energetic you are.
From Langholm, we ride over Langholm Moor before dropping down into Newcastleton at 9 miles for a refreshment stop at the Olive Tree cafe. It's a bit early for refreshments but the 'stop' is largely for my benefit. I will have ridden from home and will be in need of sustenance. We continue on a 15 mile undulating route to Bonchester Bridge for lunch. There is then a fairly long boring climb up out of the village but the gradient is quite gentle. We continue to Newcastelton (unless I change my mind when we get to Hermitage and we take a different route) and back over Langholm Moor.
The forecast at the moment is for light showers. I hope to see one or two of you at the start.