June 2023

East Lothian #SpokesMap – 5th edition!

The 5th edition of our highly praised East Lothian Cycle Map is out!! The whole county was surveyed by Spokes volunteers, and the map then completely revised and updated in a lengthy and highly detailed process by a skilled cartographer from our maps group – entirely voluntarily.

Also used by walkers, the map is invaluable for everyone seeking safe routes to shops, work or school and for leisure route planning – and for other imaginative purposes! You are almost certain to find quiet routes and short cuts that you didn’t even know existed.

If you normally use a car for local shopping or leisure, the map can help you try cycling instead, making healthier and more sustainable choices more often!

The map includes several valuable new features, including…

  • All new housing developments since our last edition
  • Contours and shading, to identify gradients and hills
  • Large-scale street maps of Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Cockenzie, Port Seton, Tranent, Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar (on the back of the main map)
  • Printed on water and tear-resistant synthetic paper’ (a recyclable polythene)

Spokes maps of Edinburgh and the Lothians have now sold over 150,000 copies since the first Edinburgh edition. This is no surprise, given the high praise they receive…

  • Your maps are invaluable and the detail amazing, far better than any other commercially available maps
  • After years with online maps, was surprised how much I preferred a real one
  • Got my new copy after my old East Lothian cycle map was worn from many rides. Thank you @SpokesLothian for a fab resource.

The map was launched at East Lothian Council HQ in Haddington by Councillor John McMillan, Provost and Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment, Economic Development and Tourism. Also present was Green Councillor Shona McIntosh, members of the East Lothian Cycle Forum, and Chris Brace, Senior Network Delivery Manager for sustainable transport charity Sustrans Scotland.

To the Scottish Parliament

Cllr Shona McIntosh, the new Musselburgh Green Party councillor and convener of East Lothian Council’s Cycle Forum, collected 300 maps from our Edinburgh store at Jenner’s Depository, in her family cargo bike, and took the opportunity to drop some in at the Scottish Parliament on her way to Haddington…

[from right] Cllr McIntosh, Patrick Harvie MSP, Peter Hawkins from Spokes, Lorna Slater MSP. Photo: Cami Glasgow


The map is entirely volunteer-produced – surveying, design and layout, launching and distribution to shops – everything except the specialist printing.

In addition to the extensive information gathered by our volunteer surveyors, East Lothian Council transport staff provided information about existing and planned routes, and we thank Sustrans Scotland and the Council for contributions to the substantial printing costs.

Coffee, cake and free map at Cockenzie House – a Thank-you to our volunteer surveyors photo: Bob Douglas

Shop Local!

The map sells in local bike shops at the excellent normal price of £6.95. We believe it is on sale at the following, but please let us know if any don’t have it, or if you know another outlet that would definitely like to stock the map.

Special Offer [ending 30 June]

Until 30 June 2023 you can also order direct from Spokes, by post or email [office@spokes.org.uk] at the following special prices…

  • Map – single copies (or up to 5 copies) £6 each including postage
  • Order 6 maps for £27 – perfect to resell at your workplace, school or amongst friends and relations – give them a cheap price or raise cash for a charity. Or for a present to your 6 best friends!

More info

Help us promote the East Lothian map – and other Spokes maps

  • If you find a local bike shop that is sold out of the new East Lothian map, or a shop that would like to stock this or other Spokes maps, email maps@spokes.org.uk
  • Retweet our tweet about this article or like/share our facebook article
  • Find out more about Spokes maps on our maps page.

Join Spokes 

Our maps contain a membership form – or use our website membership page. By joining you’ll receive a roughly-monthly email of current developments, issues, events, etc; and how you can help. But you don’t have to be an ‘activist’ – we also welcome ‘sleeping but interested’ members!

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