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Route planning

We have chosen five of our favourite Meander routes around Stirling. All rides start/finish from The Peak. We hope you enjoy them and don't forget to stop for coffee & cake!

The Thursdays Meanders leaflet is available on hard copy at the Cycle Hub, every day, 10am-6pm:

1. Coffee Bothy

Coffee Bothy
Follow NCN 76 towards Riverside and then through the beautiful village of Cambuskenneth. Exit the NCN at Manor Loan, taking the lovely country lane towards the Ochil Hills. Blairmains Farm shop will soon appear to your right. Return is via Blairlogie, Stirling University where you join NCN 765 towards Causewayhead. At Customs roundabout, head towards Riverside and rejoin NCN76 on Abbey Road. Café stop: Coffee Bothy and Blairmains Farm Shop, near Blairlogie
  • Start Point : The Peak
  • Finish Point : The Peak
  • Approximate Time Taken : As long as you feel like
  • Terrain / Surface: Busy Alloa Rd. Busy Roundabout at Manor Powis.
  • Distance : 10.6 miles
  • Total Climbing And Descent :
 

2. Hide Away Café

Hide Away Café
Follow the river Forth all the way up until The Old Stirling Bridge, then up Cornton road on the cycle path. Turning right onto Eastern Cornton Rd and rejoin Cornton Rd. Stop at the lovely Hide Away Café on your right if you can find it, opposite the Co-operative supermaket. Then head East on the NCN 765 towards Causewayhead and then onto Riverside the same way you came. Café stop: Hide Away Café, Bridge of Allan
  • Start Point : The Peak
  • Finish Point : The Peak
  • Approximate Time Taken : As long as you feel like
  • Terrain / Surface: Caution: Railway crossing
  • Distance : 9.1 miles
  • Total Climbing And Descent :
 

3. Dobbies Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centre
Follow NCN 76 and the river Forth all the way to Raploch. Get off this path just before you reach Forth Valley College to avoid a set of steps. Carry on the Drip road path all the way to Dobbies and stop there for a great selection of food, drinks and cakes. Return via Castle Business Park and the Millenium way cycle path towards Albert Place. Great view of Stirling Castle. Enter King’s park briefly and then return to the Peak avoiding town centre, via Wellgreen instead, using underpath at Craig’s roundabout. Café stop: Dobbies Garden Centre, Stirling
  • Start Point : The Peak
  • Finish Point : The Peak
  • Approximate Time Taken : As long as you feel like
  • Terrain / Surface: Caution: Avoid steps at FV College
  • Distance : 10.1 miles
  • Total Climbing And Descent :
 

4. Allan Water Café

Allan Water Café
This route goes from Riverside, Cornton to a lovely loop around the Carse of Lecropt. Better do the loop anticlockwise so ride is more gentle on your legs and also nicer left turning leaving old A9 from Bridge of Allan. Stop at the Allan Water Café before or after you have done the loop, depending on energy levels. Return to the Peak the same way you came. Café stop: Dobbies Garden Centre, Stirling
  • Start Point : The Peak
  • Finish Point : The Peak
  • Approximate Time Taken : As long as you feel like
  • Terrain / Surface: Caution: Railway crossing
  • Distance : 12.4 miles
  • Total Climbing And Descent :
 

5. Dobbies Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centre
Follow NCN 76 towards the South and then follow Millhall road. The route will take you via Broomridge, St. Ninians, Torbrex, Cambusbarron and some lovely farm tracks. Gain access to Dobbies via Prudential’s car park. Return via Raploch following the river Forth all the way back to the Peak.
  • Start Point : The Peak
  • Finish Point : The Peak
  • Approximate Time Taken : As long as you feel like
  • Terrain / Surface: Caution: Rough surface before Prudential. Wide tyres advisable.
  • Distance : 11 miles
  • Total Climbing And Descent :