REWALK MAY 2015
Walks Edinburgh, Midlothian & West Lothian – Author: Richard Hallewell
Re walked by Richard Hallewell
This guide covers the splendid city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, and the surrounding countryside. Essentially, it is split in two: The lowland routes in the city and through the low land to the south of the Firth of Forth, and the cat’s cradle of paths through the Pentland Hills.
The first half includes city parks – including the paths over the basalt plug of Arthur’s Seat, at the foot of the Royal Mile – longer routes by the Union Canal and the Water of Leith, and the terrific woodland/parkland path between South Queensferry (in the shadow of the Forth Bridges) and the River Almond/Cramond village. Inland, there is a fine route along the wooded glen by the famous Rosslyn Chapel. There have been only minor changes to any of these routes, though the extension of the John Muir Way has altered the line of the South Queensferry to River Almond walk. For details of routes through the streets of Edinburgh, see Edinburgh on Foot.
The Pentland Hills, a narrow range running south-west from the edge of the city, provide fabulous walking (see left), including the famous hilltop walk between Flotterstone and Nine Mile Burn and the fine low-level walk through the hills by the reservoirs and Green Cleugh – though the mass of connected paths means it is always easy to find a loop which suits your requirements. The northern end of the range – around the ski slope at Hillend – can be busy, but as you move further south you are more likely to have the grass and heather moorland to yourself. Again, there have been few changes to the paths in this area, and the contents of the new edition are much as they were before.
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