I started descending down the B7007 then turned left down the minor
lane to Middleton where I turned left to follow another lane between
fields. There was a lot of quarry work going on but it looked gravel
they were digging. At the B6372 I turned left and followed it over
Braidwood Bridge and up into Carrington. It was now a nice sunny
morning with blue skies so I stopped for a while and took some
Sunny morning in Carrington
I followed the quiet lane to the B704 which was very busy with
commuter traffic. The official cycle route turns left but the road
has no cycle track and is too busy for safety. I crossed over to
follow another minor lane to the A7 which had a pavement that I
could follow. I continued to Eskbank then through the housing estate
to the cycle track at Newbattle Road and the Unicorn monument.
Then on through the woods to Newmills Road and on to Langside Head
Road where I stopped at the Sainsbury’s shop to get some food for
the rest of my journey. I continued north and along the cycle track
on the old railway to Salters Road. A mix of road and cycle tracks
took me to Brunstane Railway Station where I had to wheel my bike
over the pedestrian bridge.
Across the car park I joined the cycle path on to the Innocent
Cycle Path to the 1832 railway tunnel where I couldn’t resist taking
a few photos before emerging at the other end. I joined the A7 and
continued to North Bridge Road to look over the bridge parapet. I
reached Princess Street Gardens and stayed here to kill time before
my train from Waverley back to Preston. It was a pleasant wait and a
young couple came up to chat and ask me about my bike and journey.
The rest of my wait I spent reading until my train left on time.