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 Post subject: Edinburgh FNRttC
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 3:22 pm 
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I'm wondering if this would be a good idea? Aiming for a beach about 50 miles from the centre of Edinburgh.

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  • Have any suggestions for a destination? Burntisland is only 30 miles away, Gullane is only 20 miles, not exactly far.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Elie?

Getting back is the issue. Once you're past Kirkcaldy the train stations are all inland.

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Berwick-Upon-Tweed. 57 miles, with the option of bailing at Dunbar. Train available home, and we even get to call it an invasion of England.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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What route did you have in mind? Can you swim at BuT?

Ain't comin' unless I get to go swimming on arrival. Plus there should be cake (the cake is NOT a lie).

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Swimming, yes. Brave, and I'll apologise in advance for any shrinkage, but yes.

Cake, maybe. Flapcake would transport more easily. Tea is a must, so I'd bring my stove.

The route would just blat along the A1, or the A199 which runs alongside it for a lot of the route. It should be ok at night (is the plan).

The other option, which is a similar distance, is North Berwick and back. But then I couldn't call it Taking Back Berwick!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Sorry, I've not checked if there is a proper beach there, I had assumed.

I'll find out.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Triple post bad forum etiquette shocker...yes, there is a beach.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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When were you thinking of doing this?

I'm in hostipal on the 30th, which will knock me out of action for at least a week. Dumb Run's 21st June. I'm racing this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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I was thinking July. May is too little notice, I'm away most of June and only back in time for the Dumb Run. 18th of July is the full moon, so that would be ideal.


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Rev Will wrote:
I was thinking July. May is too little notice, I'm away most of June and only back in time for the Dumb Run. 18th of July is the full moon, so that would be ideal.


I think Dunbar is meant to be quite nice for the beach. I've only cycled once to B.u.T and it's all a bit hazy...Found a nice road straight through the Lammermuir hills with a footbridge for crossing over (the River Tweed?) into England. Return journey up the A-road was not quite so fun. B.u.T is quite touristy so you can pick up a plastic bucket and spade if you want :)


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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I like the idea. My participation would be purely theoretical due to domestic arrangements.

Elie's nice. Tentsmuir's close to Leuchars, but may be short of cake. Big beach, though. Take a kite. Carnousitie's 100 km or so - a bit far (but Two Bridges). And there's more than one way to Berwick - when I get a chance I'm planning to go via Redstone Rig (but unembarrassedly slowly and solo, probably round about 2012 ...).

Oh - and a random bit of idiocy: Inversnaid used to be at the seaside not so long ago in geological time. Trouble is, the road's dead end at the bottom of a steep hill (though you might be able to get bikes onto a tourist boat to Luss ...). Maybe a one-off variation, if the thing gets going.

Anyway - bonne idée, mon ami ...

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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The beach at B-u-T isn't that great, apparently, though it may well serve for our purposes. We apparently pass a few nicer beaches on the way, and there are a few nice ones beyond it. But Lindisfarne is 70 miles, so I'm not sure about that one. Tempting as it is. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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Used to go on holiday to Lindisfarne, lovely place, free samples of the mead, but treacherous for swimming. However if the tide is right its the perfect excuse to pull an allnighter. :cheers:

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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How about Silversands at Aberdour, nice wee beach, close enough to cycle back for those who prefer but has a railway station if required, the route out could easily be manipulated to make the length to suit.

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh FNRttC
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The danger is that we don't want to arrive too early, it would mean too long a wait at the station of the people who don't want to cycle back.

I guess it just needs a sit down in the pub with people interested, to throw ideas around, and then I can try to flesh it out.


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