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Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge 2023

26 August @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free – £35

Join us on Saturday 26 August in the majestic setting of Drumlanrig, Scotland, for a cycle ride like no other!

The Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge has been getting people on their bikes and enjoying some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery since 2006. The routes have changed a bit over the years but the aim remains the same – to enjoy a fantastic day of cycling on largely traffic-free roads, whilst helping people living in poverty around the world to transform their lives.

New for this year, the course offers three routes taking in Scotland’s breathtaking scenery, all starting and ending at the magnificent Drumlanrig castle.

  • Route 1: Tour of the Lowther Hills | 71 miles | Entry fee: £35 per rider

This 71 mile route explores the valleys and passes of the Lowther Hills including the highest villages in Scotland. As this route avoids any very narrow rough roads, it is perfect for clubs or other groups who want to ride together. As well as a “big feed” at base camp over the lunch time period, there will also be feed stations en route to keep you going.

  • Route 2: Drumlanrig Historic Route | 25 miles | Entry fee: £30 per rider

For those wishing to have a more leisurely cycle, this 25 mile route visits the site of the very blacksmiths where Kirkpaick McMillan built the world’s first pedal propelled bicycle, and also passes the memorial to Holocaust heroic martyr Jane Haining. You will additionally see Maxwelton Chapel and will have the opportunity to look out for the sculptures of world renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy.

For this route, there will be an option to cycle along with a ride leader who will fill in on some of the historical details along the way. Or you can, of course, complete the route on your own, at your own pace.

  • Route 3: The Kirkpatrick Loop | 10 miles | Entry fee: Free to anyone who wishes to participate

The Kirkpatrick Loop is a wonderful 10 mile historic family-friendly adventure suitable for families (children 10 and above) and those wishing to take in beautiful Scottish scenery.

Depending on the pace of cyclists, this route should take you approximately 2 hours to complete. There is a wonderful cafe located along this route at Penpont and there will be plenty of sandwiches and baking available for you at our “big feed” at base camp – perfect for you to have your own family picnic!

Please note, this route will not be marshalled or sign posted. Additionally, as this route consists of some minor roads, it is extremely important that any children taking part are competent cycling on roads, able to adhere to the Highway Code and are accompanied by an adult at all times.

To register your place or to find out more, head to www.tearfund.org/drumlanrig


26 August
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – £35
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Drumlanrig Castle
Dumfries, DG3 4AQ Dumfries
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