The Skelf Bike Park had its official opening on 31st March, after five years in the planning and construction. The Skelf is a community owned, non profit, open access, self managed resource, which was created by the Braidwood Bike Group, a charity made up of local people who are keen on cycling. They have worked long and hard to bring their dream to reality, turning a little-used and neglected area of woodland into a resource which will be an asset to the area.
Based on the edge of Holyrood Park at Braidwood Gate in the Southside area, The Skelf is a free-to-use bike park for riders of all ages, with a 1 km loop of mountain bike trails and a 900 sq m pump track. A pump track is a continuous loop of “berms” (banked corners) and “rollers” (smooth mounds) that you ride without pedalling.
It was great to see a wide variety of ages at the opening event, from toddlers on their first bikes through to veteran riders, and it looks certain that The Skelf will continue to attract users of all ages from not just the local area, but across Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland.
Grassmarket Picture House offers a weekly
selection of movies for free (donations for
entry gratefully accepted).
Grassmarket Community Project
Tel 0131 225 3626
86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA