We anticipate that folk might want to start any time from Carlisle between 8 and 10pm, to make it for sunrise at Cramond, with a grub stop in Moffat. We’ll be there from 7pm, and will give out route cards, with emergency taxi numbers along the route. But to stress again, it’s an informal 'turn-up-and-ride' event, do what suits you and the pace you think you’ll set. If you get there earlier in the day then the Cathedral and Castle are well worth a look, and there are plenty of cafes and pubs for fuelling yourself for the ride ahead!
Getting to the start we just took the train from Edinburgh to Carlisle, it was easy to organise and less than £10 each (with bikes), booking a few weeks in advance. Or it’s a couple of hours in the car if you’re getting or sharing a lift. It’s equally accessible from Glasgow. Parking is available at Bitts Park and elsewhere in central Carlisle. Plenty of riders in 2015 arrived together sharing cars and mini buses etc.
Carlisle is easily accessible from the north-east via the A69 and Northern Rail trains. From the north-west, Carlisle is accessed via the M6 and west coast mainline train routes.
Click HERE to see the Ride to the Sun route which finishes at Cramond beach 20 minutes cycle (on mostly traffic-free cyclepaths) from central Edinburgh.
The toilets at Bitts park were open last year until approx 9pm.