Sunday, January 08, 2006

Culzean and Carrick hills

Picked up Graham this morning and drove with the bikes to Maybole.
Our route plan, if the weather was kind, was a 35km loop over south Carrick Hills, along Croy shore into Culzean, over toward Dailly then down through Craigfin forest back to Maybole.
As we set off it was horizon to horizon sunshine but only 3degC.
Frost helped with the Carrick Hills mud but it was still hard work getting over the moor before enjoying the 1 mile downhill run to the beach.
One thing thats a little unusual about this route is the need to know the tide is out for Croy Shore to Culzean, I'm glad I don't cycle this bit every day, sand ain't easy.
A lovely little climb brought us into Culzean and a break at the Centre Cafe for soup, coffee, and a laze in the sun, lovely stuff.
Took lots of pictures in the park before heading off behind Maidens to Turnberry where some well to do was just arriving in his helicopter, perhaps for a spot of afternoon golf.
From Turnberry it's a long long climb over the moor roads to the last downhill of the day, Glenshelloch and Graigfin woods unfortunately it was more mud than speed, but still very nice.

Absolutely fabulous winter day outing, pictures here and route description here.


Blogger Jinxx said...

Sounds like you have that route down to a T now, I am dying to try that section, expecially the bit from Howmoor Cottage over to Culzean

9:58 PM  
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Blogger Whee said...

It was a great day, the beach is hard work and I hate to think what it does to the bike but it was worth the effort

7:08 PM  

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