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Kirknewton to Carnwath Circular Via Auchengray Cycle Route

Scotland > West Lothian > Edinburgh
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameKirknewton to Carnwath Circular Via Auchengray
Distance : miles (km)36.75  (59.14)
Posted Byrobhem
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionWest Lothian
Start LocationKirknewton Railway Station, Station Rd
End LocationKirknewton Railway Station, Station Rd
Cycle Steps
1. Leave stn car park and turn right.
2. At traffic lights, turn left onto A71.
3. Straight on at Oakbank r'abt.
4. Left at Lizzy Brice r'abt.
5. Take 1st slip onto Murieston E Rd.
6. Left onto Murieston Rd (under r'way bridge).
7. Left onto the lane that leads down to Harburn Golf Club.
8. 1st right towards the golf club.
9. Turn right onto B7008.
10. After golf club, turn left at x'roads.
11. Continue until reaching the T-junc then turn left towards Woolfords.
12. Continue thro' Woolfords and on to Auchengray. Note: The road surface is old and poor

for a distance until you get beyond Auchengray. Watch for holes!
13. On thro' Auchengray. After the sharp bend to the right descend to the r'way level

14. Cross at the level crossing and continue to the T-junc with Carnwath Rd (B7016).
15. Turn left onto the B7016 and continue to the next T-junc.
16. Turn left at the T-junc onto A70 towards Carnwath.
17. Thro' Carnwath (there's a good bakers by the traffic lights) to the mini r'abt and turn

left onto the A70. The A70 is a fast leg if the wind is on your back!
18. Follow the A70 "Lang Whang" ("Long Way" in old Scots) until reaching the MOD airfield.
19. Turn left onto the B7031 and pass beside the airfield hangers and on into Kirknewton.
20. Cross the level crossing and turn right into the railway station car park to end the

ride back at the start position.
Total dist: 37 miles approx. Ride time: 2.5 hours approx.

Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
The Apple Pie bakers at Carnwath!

Your comments?
posted by:BelstaneRating : difficult :
Done this route, or variations on the theme, a few times. Good points are that it's into the wind going west and you have the wind at your back on the A70, the Lang Whang as it's known.
Some nice countryside on the way out and splendid views from the Tarbrax road end on the A70 where you can see just about the whole of the Lowlands, the Campsies, the Ochils and Fife.
One thing to watch out for is the traffic on the Lang Whang. It's not that it's all that busy but it tends to be going at well over 70mph and you need to be wearing load clothing so that the idiots can see you from miles out. I wear fluorescent yellow top have my back light flashing the whole time on this road - I can't avoid it because I live just off it so I pretty-well have to hit the A70 on 50% of my routes.
Also, watch out for Auchinoon brae as you pass Harperrig reservoir. This is a blind curve with a blind summit with a bend at the top and it's fairly narrow so stay well into the left as you pass the crown of the hill. It's even more dangerous heading west - probably about three cars a year take off on the crest of this hill and go out of control, so look behind you as you near the top and if there are cars coming, pull over and let them go before you crest the hill.
Otherwise, a nice ride. They used to do a nice lunch at the Wee Bush in Carnwath but ain't been there in ages.

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