Cycle to School 07.10.22

A reminder that the last Cycle to School before the October break is tomorrow leaving at 8:20 from Kings Buildings. We’ll travel along the normal route: Relugas, Lauder, Hatton Place and on to school. Although forecast to be drizzly and windy we are planning to go ahead, so get your waterproof jackets ready! Should the forecast change to heavy rain, we’ll confirm whether or not we’ll go ahead here. See you tomorrow.

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Cycle to School 15.9.22

A great turnout for this morning’s Cycle to School – our first of this school year. Cancelling last week’s due to heavy rain worked in our favour as today we were treated to sunshine and blue skies. Congratulations to any kiddies new to the cycle (and to accompanying adults) and a thank you to regular participants and to the adults who supported.

Our next cycle is scheduled for Friday 23 September.

Cycle to School this Friday

We hope that you can join us on Friday 17 June for our final Cycle to School of this academic year.

We’ll be leaving Kings Buildings at 8:20 and travelling to Sciennes via Relugas road, South Lauder, Lauder and Hatton place.

See you there 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏼🚴🏻‍♂️

Cycle to School 20.5.22

Dear Families,

Just a little reminder that Friday’s Cycle to School will be leaving from King’s Buildings at 8:20 and travelling down Mayfield Road, left onto Relugas, right onto South Lauder and on to school. You may have noticed that Tantallon Road is currently closed to traffic so rather than change the route we’ll cycle as far as Hatton Place and walk the rest, unless by then more of the road has opened up.

Please ensure that you are cycling behind Emily (ride leader) and myself, unless you are cycling ahead to help at junctions. We must also ensure that we keep to the left side of the road at all times.

As before, any support at junctions is greatly appreciated.

Jenni

Cycle to School

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support our first Cycle to School after an unexpected 2-year hiatus. It was so lovely to see so many families out on their bikes – what better way to start a Friday? Thank you to everyone who helped to ensure that the event ran as smoothly as it could. Your support is really appreciated. Well done, everyone!

The next Cycle to School will be on Friday 8 April and again on Friday 9 May. See you then.

The Sciennes Cycle to School Returns!

Dear Families,

We are delighted to let you know that we are finally able to get our Cycle to School days back up and running starting Friday 25 March.

For families new to the school, we meet at Kings Buildings and make our way to school from there in one big group. Families can join the cycle at any point on the route, provided it is a safe space to wait. Parents are encouraged to accompany children where possible, especially if they are younger. You can see some photographs from previous years here: https://sciennesactivetravel.wordpress.com

Due to road layout changes on our original route and the new crossing at the top of Grange road, we have taken the decision to alter our route. We’ll start at Kings Buildings as normal but now we’ll be taking a left onto Relugas road and making our way all the way to the top of Lauder road. The map below outlines the new route.

Given the changes, I was hoping to gather a group of parents who are familiar with our Cycle to School days and who would be confident being outriders for the junctions. We were always so lucky to have such fantastic support, which is undoubtably why the cycles were always so successful. If this is something you could support with could you drop me a little email ( jennifer.mcgrouther@sciennes.edin.sch.uk ) and I can send further instructions.

I’ll send more information (including a departure time) nearer the time. For now, please save the date in your diary!

Best wishes,

Jenni

On Fridays we cycle!

#1 – Wee Braids Golf Course from Joel and Amelia Hather

“Our favourite family cycle is along by the Wee Braids Golf Course to see the Llamas (or maybe Alpacas!) in the fields opposite and the views. That cycle is about 3 miles in a loop from where we live.

 

#2 –  Arthurs Seat & Portobello Beach from Finlay Glass (5C) 

“Arthur’s seat – Road over the shoulder of the hill is currently closed to traffic so ideal for a bit of training. After a few laps Finlay stopped at the tops to watch the family of swans and signets.
Portobello beach. Following the bike route from the meadows and down the innocent railway, Finlay led his little brother, Nathan, who’ll be joining P1C after the summer down to Portobello for a well earned ice cream. Unfortunately the sun had other ideas and hid behind the sea fog!”
What’s more, Finlay, Nathan and their big brother Kieran (S1) managed to venture a bit further over the weekend and made it all the way to South Queensferry via the cycle path and a wee detour home via Dalmeny Estate. The photo you can see below is taken from the other side of the bridge.
You look very professional, Finlay! Great to see you getting some training in and enjoying closed roads. We’re excited to meet you, Nathan, in August. Thanks for sharing.

#3 – Portobello from Milo and Ellis

“On Sunday Milo (P2A) and his little brother Ellis who will start in P1 after the summer cycled to Portobello. We live off Craigmillar Park but went through the Meadows by the school to avoid the main roads, and joined the Innocent Railway path from where it starts. We followed it to the Bingham estate, and then joined the roads to go into Portobello.
We got chocolate bread from Twelve Triangles as we do every Sunday (we don’t usually all cycle though!), had a play on the beach and looked at the fantastic Studio Ghibli chalk drawing someone’s spent their lockdown drawing. We watched Totoro when we got home!
It was a 10.3 mile round trip which was longer than we expected. We were out for 2.5 hours altogether and the cycling took just under an hour each way.”
Fab effort Milo and Ellis. 10.3 miles is very impressive. I hope the chocolate bread gave you the energy needed to make it back home again! We look forward to meeting you, Ellis, in August.

 

Wednesday’s Adventurers

#1 – Cycling adventures from Oscar Hamer

Oscar has been enjoying bike rides during lockdown having started with the exercise bike and a few short bike rides around the Grange area with the family. As lockdown restrictions were lifted Oscar and I have ventured further a field having cycled around Arthur’s Seat, up Blackford Hill and out to South Queensferry and back through the Dalmeny Estate using the cycle paths to get out and back into town.

The cycle paths at the weekend are really busy and quite difficult to maintain social distancing but more manageable during the week. Arthur’s Seat on Sundays when the park is closed was full of cyclists and pedestrians and was also quite difficult to maintain social distancing.

We have continued to enjoy cycling and plan to do more during the coming months weather permitting.

Wow, Oscar, this is so impressive. I’m so pleased to hear that you’ve been out and about adventuring with your dad and look forward to hearing about your summer on the bike.

Oscar 1Oscar 2Oscar 3

 

#2 – Cycle to School from Sophie Cobb (P1)

“This is Sophie Cobb, P1C, who cycled from home to see her school and check her ribbon was still on the gate.  We live opposite the Cameron Toll Travel Lodge, so round trip is approx. 2.5 miles.”

Well done, Sophie. This is a great cycle and a lovely photo of you and the ribbons. Thank you for sharing.

Sophie

 

#3 – Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoir from Mrs Berry

“We live close to the Pentland hills and this is one of us cycling round Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoir’s.
Starting near Colinton, up into Bonaly, through Campbell Park, past JK Rowling’s stables and continue along path which eventually takes you up above Currie, continue up a steep hill before following the road along towards the reserviors.  Turn left into reservior and follow path round both reserviors.  Then, follow the road down and back through Balerno or if you wish you can head down towards Heriot Watt University, through the University grounds and back along the Canal towpath into Tollcross.  Leave 3 hours (at least) for this cycle, my husband did it on his road bike, I have a cross bike and both my kids were on mountain bikes, there is a combination of road and rough tracks.
For an easier challenge try the disused railway that starts at the back of the Tynecastle Staduim on Russell Road and is a lovely fairly flat cycle that takes you down to the seaside at Crammond and Silverknowes and is a loop coming back along either the water of Leith walkway or back along the disused railway path. “
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#4 – Colinton from Cara and Alex Harkins 

“Hi this evening we ventured out to the Colinton Tunnel – a mix of road and cycle path 17km in all. The murals on the tunnel are stunning and maybe a future trip on the bikes there for Sciennes!!”

I hope you’re keeping a total of your miles, Cara. I’m very excited to find out your total for the week.