Coast to Coast Cycle
By Support Team on 13/06/2022
The Southern Upland Way (SUW) covers the full width of Scotland from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath and is Britain’s first official Coast to Coast long distance path. The challenging upland route is generally walked in 12-16 days.
A group of local cyclists decided to create a road version, following the SUW as closely as possible. William McNish of Crawick and Nithsdale Wheelers Cycle Club led the development of the road route. This involved mapping, consulting the SUW Rangers and trial cycle runs. A route totalling 201 miles with 10,950 feet of climbing was devised.
Thirteen riders dipped their back wheels in the sea at Portpatrick on 30th April, then cycled through New Luce, Newton Stewart, past Clatteringshaws to arrive in Moniaive 66 miles later.
The second day took in the 79 miles from Moniaive, via Wanlockhead, through Moffat, Tibbie Shiels to end at Innerleithen.
The riders set off on the last day to ride the 56 miles from Innerleithen, passing Tweedbank, Duns, Cockburnspath to dip their front wheels in the North Sea at Cove.
The three days, whilst tough, were thoroughly enjoyed by the riders as they made their way through the rugged and beautiful upland scenery. They would like to thank family and friends for their support and encouragement and everyone who donated or sponsored them on this endeavour. At the time of writing they had raised £5,621 for MND Scotland, a charity supporting those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
A number of individuals, organisations and business require special thanks and are listed below;
Fernhill Hotel, Portpatrick
Café Arieti, Moffat
The Potting Shed Restaurant, Duns
Fosyth Butchers, Sanquhar
Three Villages Café, Penpont
Ian Turnbull & Malcolm Thompson
Kerr & Smith, Cumnock
Kirkconnel Heritage Society
Kelloholm Community Council
Links for the Just Giving page (open until the end of June) and a video of the ride, prepared by Tom, the SUW Ranger, are attached to the article for those wishing to donate and see how the journey progressed.