Bike rides for big and little people
If you’re searching for traffic-free cycling routes in Edinburgh and Midlothian, Dalkeith Country Park is the perfect place to bring your bike. The roads are wide, there are very few hills and Restoration Yard is ideally situated to help you refuel (or should we say restore) afterwards. Whether you’re looking for a short family cycling route or some time out to yourself, you’ll find the park is a very special place to be.
You’ll find a gorgeous cycling route that goes almost all the way round the park, called the ‘Estate Cycle’. This is marked with green wayfinders and is about 6km in length. If you’re feeling extra adventurous try the extension of this route – the North Wood Walk (dotted green waymarkers). This is best for mountain bikes and hybrids as it does not have a surfaced path. You can download a PDF of the route here.
Dalkeith Country Park has many different people using this stunning estate for a variety of reasons. It can be a busy park, so we ask you to respect others at all times, particularly taking note of the following:
- Please do not use trails meant for pedestrians. This includes the ancient Old Wood and other routes.
- The park is not suitable for time trials.
- Cyclists should not use the areas designated as horse priority areas.
- If you come across horses, please pass wide and slow. Stop where appropriate.
- Pass pedestrians at a reduced speed and use your bell to give warning that you are approaching.
- Professional groups and not permitted to advertise and sell Dalkeith Country Park as part of their routes without prior permission.
- Please note we have a working farm at the park – please be aware of farm vehicles using the routes.
Nearby cycling routes
If you’re cycling to Dalkeith, you can pick up on the nearby Esk Valley Cycleway (mainly traffic free), which pops down to the coastal town of Musselburgh, or the National Route 196, a lovely off-road path that heads out into the rolling farmland by Ormiston and East Saltoun. Visit Sustrans for more information on these routes.