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On the Right Track – Bike hire initiative launches at Dalkeith Country Park

On the Right Track – Bike hire initiative launches at Dalkeith Country Park

3rd October, 2016

*** Please note, Criterium Cycles are no longer operating from Dalkeith Park. For more information about Cycling at the Park, please click here. (16th July 2018). ***

Dalkeith Country Park has teamed up with Edinburgh-based Criterium Cycles to bring a new bike hire facility to the park.

The initiative launched this month with bikes available to hire initially on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Bike hire will be for either a three hour slot or a whole day. The Hire Centre is open from 09.45 till 17.30 on each of those days. Prices start from £15 for an adult and £10 for a child for a 3 hour slot. Helmets are included in the price of the Bike Hire.

Experienced Criterium Cycles staff will be on hand to ensure customers are given the correct size of bike and helmet. Visitors will be able to hire a selection of adult and children’s bikes as well as accessories for carrying young children.

Criterium Cycles will also have a small retail presence at the park, with some accessories and spare parts available to purchase. The company’s flagship store is located within Dobbies Garden World in Lasswade.

Paul Bowker, co-founder of Criterium Cycles, said: “Dalkeith Country Park has some fantastic cycle paths and provides a picturesque setting for the entire family to enjoy cycling.

“We have a strong ethos of offering quality bikes and accessories and outstanding customer service with customer safety our main priority. We are looking forward to bringing these values to our new cycle hire centre at the park.

“We have a number of really exciting cycle related events planned over the coming weeks and months in partnership with Dalkeith Country Park and look forward to announcing more of those in due course..”

Pre-booking of bikes for hire is highly recommended and can be done by calling 0131 663 5569. All the details on bike hire can be found at

More than £7million has been invested in Dalkeith Country Park by the park’s owner, the Duke of Buccleuch.

The park launched Restoration Yard in July which features two floors of shopping, a Wellbeing Lab and a glass-walled restaurant space situated in the park’s restored 18th century stables.

Alongside the renovated Stableyard, a 1,000m2 adventure playground named Fort Douglas also opened and includes a network of high-rise walkways, balance blocks, log walks, jungle climbers, jumping disks, climbing walls, balancing boards, suspended tyres, and tube slides for children to enjoy.

The park’s Visitor Services Manager, Andrew Elmer, has also developed an exciting programme of activities to coincide with the redevelopment.

In addition to the popular Primal Bushcraft and Survival sessions, visitors can now enjoy archery classes at the park’s new ten lane outdoor archery range.

Andrew said: “Our new programme of activities has proved hugely popular with visitors to the park and complements the new retail, food and drink, and adventure playground offering.

“There’s definitely something for everyone at the park with arts and craft workshops, beautiful walking trails and a Wonderful Woodland tour planned for 2 October. Visitors can find our full activity schedule on the website.”