fit150 – My Daily Commute

Penumbra’s Head of Development, Sarah Campbell, shares how she fits her fit150 into her daily commute to work.

I know that fresh air and exercise is good for me and my cycle home is part of a plan to keep my mind and body well but last night as I battered against the wind and felt the rain seep through my waterproofs I did not feel any hint of enhanced of wellbeing!

To try and tackle my increasingly despondent mind set as I peddled from Penumbra’s head office in Leith to my home in Corstorphine I started trying to think about my journey from another perspective, I imagined how I would sell my route to a tourist keen to explore the city….

“Set off on your journey from the landmark Hibs stadium in Leith, the old maritime centre of Edinburgh.

Weave your way past the historic tenement buildings and on by the Cannonmills clock before skirting the edges of Edinburgh’s famous Botanical gardens.

A cycle through the expanse of Inverleith Gardens takes you off road  before returning you to the tarmac and allowing a clear view of the stunning buildings of Fettes College.

A pedal up Claigleith Avenue takes you to extensive shopping opportunities or you can choose to carry on and once again escape the traffic, joining the leafy Roseburn cycle route.

This will lead you on to the iconic Murrayfield stadium and a cycle along the blossom covered banks of the Water of Leith.

If you have a desire for additional exploration, carry on to join a further cycle path taking you past Edinburgh Zoo and on to Historic Scotland’s doocot in Corstorphine.

If you choose to take this trip on a day of heavy wind and rain you will find the route extremely peaceful!”

I arrived home very wet but giggling at my daydream a little more appreciative of my surroundings! Good luck with all your own endeavours to be active, rain or shine!


Thanks for sharing your #fit150 experience Sarah!


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