Walk: Blackford Hill - batting above average

[Blackford Hill]

Blackford Hill is one of the Seven Hills that Edinburgh is said to be built upon. Despite its lowly height the ancient hill fort summit commands excellent views over a large swathe of the city, its castle and beyond into Fife. The area extending west into the Hermitage of Braid along the Braid Burn is a local nature reserve rich in birdlife. Visit at sunset when the views are at their best - you might also catch a glimpse of bats hunting for insects in the evening air. For a longer circuit, consider adding on a jaunt over the neighbouring Braid Hills.

[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

Name: Walk: Blackford Hill - batting above average ★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 160 metres
Main summits: Blackford Hill (164 metres)
Points of interest: Hermitage of Braid (doocot, ice house & visitor centre); Blackford Pond
Start / finish: Braid Road, 2 miles south of central Edinburgh, G.R.: NT 245703 ///lonely.land.wasp

Route: Start - Hermitage House visitor centre via south side of burn - Corbies Craig - Royal Observatory - Blackford Hill - Blackford Pond - Hermitage House visitor centre - start via north side of burn
Terrain: Tarmac, dirt and turf paths with some mud; steep on ascent to and descent from Blackford Hill.
Wildlife today: Ducks and geese on Braid Burn and Blackford Pond.
Weather today: Chilly but clear with a beautiful sunset and light winds.

[View towards Edinburgh Castle, with Fife beyond]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)


[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Doocot, Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Hermitage House & visitor centre (December 2017)]

[Visitor centre]

[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Hermitage of Braid (December 2017)]

[Approaching Blackford Hill (December 2017)]

[Midmar Paddock (December 2017)]

[Midmar Paddock (December 2017)]

[Blackford Pond (December 2017)]

[Blackford Hill (December 2017)]

[View from Blackford Hill (December 2017)]

[Arthur's Seat from Blackford Hill (December 2017)]

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