1722 Tranent to Cockenzie Waggonway Gravity Ride
Let gravity take you all the way from Tranent to Cockenzie, along the historic route of the 1722 Waggonway, to the museum.
Collect a leaflet from the Brig Inn. Make your way to the start of the route, following the brown Waggonway fingerposts. Ride under the bridge at the back of the Brig Inn, down Scotland’s earliest railway route to the John Muir Way at Cockenzie. Visit the Waggonway Project Museum from 12-4, see the latest archaeological finds and check if the salters are making salt at the replica salt pan in Cockenzie House Gardens (unless they’re too busy helping at the archaeological dig on the oldest section of the Waggonway which crosses the 1745 Battle of Prestonpans site!)
Tranent to Cockenzie is a gentle two and a half mile family friendly freewheel, mostly off-road on good paths, though crossing two roads, the B1361 and B1348, and following the B6371 for a short distance, where care should be taken.
Confident experienced cyclists can access Tranent via the A199. More relaxed routes take you to Cockenzie via the B1348 coast road, some of which is parallel to the off-road John Muir Way, and there is the option of catching the train to Prestonpans. If you travel by car, there is free parking available near the Brig Inn.
Refreshments at the Brig Inn, the Waggonway Museum and Cockenzie House. A warm welcome awaits at all venues!
Here are a couple of easy ways to get there and back without having to ride on busy roads: