Any interest in a zigzag's local trails ride towards the end of the month, start of September? Here's what you can expect:
Yes, there's a fair bit of climbing (majority of it at the start, first 6 miles has 300m of climbing until we reach the not so aptly named California). Some nice rights of way track, including the fast 2 mile downhill California Super Highway
, then some decent singletrack at Muiravonside, plus the option of heading up and over the Avon Aqueduct
and down on to the Avon Heritage Trail to Linlithgow for a lunch stop (plenty of pubs or cafes). On the homeward leg, there's an easy spin along the canal for about 3-4 miles, then up to Callendar park to finish on some nice singletrack and a play on the swings. Only about 2-3 miles total of (quiet) road miles spread over 3 link up sections. Expect nettle stings and bramble cuts, some of it is pretty overgrown right now.
Ride will be something like this (NOTE: does not include detour to Linlithgow):http://www.strava.com/activities/72665668