Ayr Burners head for the Galloway Hills

Ayr Burners Cyclists at Hadyard Hill.
Ayr Burners Cyclists at Hadyard Hill.

An off-road excursion into the heart of the Galloway Hills beckoned for the Ayr Burners on Sunday. With clear blue skies and temperatures in the teens conditions could not have been any better for a challenging loop around the off-road tracks and trails that intertwine the tarmac roads between the villages of Crosshill, Barr, and Pinmore.

An ascent of Hadyards Hill to begin with warmed the group up before they headed onto the rough stuff, with the route making use of the Windfarm roads and lesser known gravel paths that link up the Galloway forest. Once ‘The Burners’ had made their way to Pinwherry, the return route involved White Clauchrie and the Changue road before a re-fueling stop in Barr Village. Glenginnet Hill would be the last big challenge of the day as the group completed 50 miles and almost 4000 feet of ascent on a glorious day in and around the stunning Galloways.

On Saturday Morning Ayr Burners host their 3rd ‘Marathon Ride’, which departs Monkton Cross at 0930. This 26.2 mile easy paced ‘cruise’ will meander through some of the quieter back roads in and around East, North, and South Ayrshire, with a cafe stop to finish off upon returning to Monkton village. Full details can be found at ayrburners.org