Cuppa in Falkirk’s great outdoors

Callendar Estate manager Guy Wedderburn  at the site of the new cafe and bike centre which is due to open in December. Picture: Michael Gillen (141985I)
Callendar Estate manager Guy Wedderburn at the site of the new cafe and bike centre which is due to open in December. Picture: Michael Gillen (141985I)

The foundations of a new cafe and bike hub are now in place on a popular cycle trail that will help attract thousands of leisure seekers to Falkirk.

The BeSpoke outdoor tracks – which extend to 67km on Callendar Estate land, mostly around the south of Falkirk – are set to get busier as plans for a new centre at the start of the trails get off the ground with the creation of up to 12 new jobs.

Callendar Estate started the project early in the year and, following a couple of delays, the completion date has been scheduled for December 15.

The cafe, costing a cool £400,000, will sit in the Greenrig car park just off Lochgreen Road and will feature a cycle centre next door which will have bikes for sale and hire, as well as a workshop for fixing cycles which will be run by Bespoke Bikes.

The cafe will be managed by Clive Ramsay’s Catering Services. Income from the cafe and bike hub will help the estate and Bespoke maintain the cycle, walking and horse-riding trails which people can access free of charge.

Callendar Estate manager Guy Wedderburn said: “It’s really exciting now that you can see the walls and the shape of everything sprouting out of the ground.

“We hope it will help attract more people to use the trails and use the great outdoors more often as it will be a hub for activities and events that BeSpoke and other groups will organise. This is probably the biggest investment the company has made in a long time, around the £400,000 mark, but I think things will work a lot better with the new facilities.”

Bespoke Bikes, which is based in Denny, is owned and run by enthusiastic cyclists who can’t wait to get started at the new site.

John Ferguson said: “It’s great to get the opportunity to expand so it’s a very exciting time for Bespoke Bikes that could open up new markets and create new jobs.

“Through the shop and workshop we hope to get more people involved in the sport of cycling. It’s a really good location at Greenrig, a great place to get people started, especially younger riders.

“It has the potential to evolve into something much bigger and better.”