Hebridean Cycle Challenge: Charity Cycle and Charity Walk

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Road Bike Sections: Creed Park - Scaladale Centre - Miavaig

The road bike sections begin south of Stornoway at the Creed Enterprise Park. It follows the A859 south passing through Leurbost, Laxay, Balallan, Arivruaich and Bowglas before ending at the Scaladale Centre in Ardvourlie. This section is 21.3 miles and although it has no major climbs (compared to the second section!) it is constantly undulating - straight from the start!

The second 12.3 mile section introduces some serious climbing - over the pass below Clisham and again on the single track road to Miavaig.

Challenge Off Road Section: Miavaig to Bowglass

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Elevation Profile - Miavaig to Bowglass

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Start of Route

The route heads north from the green stalkers hut, following a gently rising and undulating landrover track to the Loch Voshmid fishing hut at just over 4 miles from the start. So far it is an easy ride on a good gravel surface (easy that is unless you are heading into a northerly wind!) The biggest danger here is of crashing because you are looking up at the spectacular scenery rather than watching where you are going!

At the hut, you turn right onto a narrower and more naturally surfaced trail. This has some interesting single track which flows over some hummocky glacial moraines (this whole area was covered by glaciers only 18,000 year's ago!). Care is sometimes required as you cross the river (there is no bridge so you are probably going to get your feet wet!)

This signals the start of the hard stuff - around 300m of climbing! In good conditions it is possible to clean this section but usually the surface is slippy and it is very difficult to retain traction on the steeper sections - so some shoving will probably be required. As you head to the 6 mile marker there is a short descent into a spectular corrie below Creag Chleistir (look out for deer and eagles on the surrounding hills). Not too much respite here though as the route carries on up to the high point of the route at around 330m.

The descent down to the river is quite technical because of erosion to the trail. There are soft sections ready to stop you in your tracks and steep twisting turns - take care!. The descent finishes at the river which is usually easy to ford (the original bridge is washed away).

Another steep 140m climb follows which is almost certainly going to require a bit of hike a bike! Although the new improved surface makes it a lot easier than it used to be!

From the bealach it is straight forward downhill blast down to the main road - the only hazard being a quick splash through a small stream which should cause no problems. This is followed by just under a mile of gently rising new road to the finish at the Scaladale Centre.


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Charity Walk: Uragha to Scaladale

10k walk from Urgha on the Tarbert to Scalpay road through the the valley to Miabhaig and by the old road over to the Scaladale Centre at Ardvourlie.

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The route rises to 140m at the head of Gleann Lacasdail, descends down towards Maraig before climbing again to 215m on the pass between Gormul Maraig and Cleit Ard. Although the underlying surface is firm all the way, there are mossy sections which sponge up the moisture and make good footwear essential!

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