Walk: A piece o' Dalkeith

Midlothian | Dalkeith | Short walk | ★★

[Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park]

Once forming the grounds around the seat of the Duke of Buccleuch, Dalkeith Country Park boasts a fancy shopping area, cafe and huge adventure playground. The best way to take in the rest of the park, including the magnificent exterior of Dalkeith House itself, is probably the Old Wood Walk described here and also on the park website. This follows the banks of two meandering burns which join in the northern part of the park at the Meeting of the Waters; towards the end of the circuit you can mosey through the visitor complex at Restoration Yard.

[River North Esk & Dalkeith House]

Location & info

📌 Walk: A piece o' Dalkeith ★★
Start / finish at Dalkeith Country Park's Town Gate, north end of High Street, Dalkeith, G.R.: NT 334677 ///pioneered.with.lock
🚌 Bus to Dalkeith | 🚗 Street parking

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 80 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Dalkeith Country Park; St Mary's Church (Dalkeith) ★★; Dalkeith House; River North Esk; River South Esk; Restoration Yard
Easy | Paths and tracks, some muddy with tree roots / narrow sections.

Route: Start - St Mary's Church (Dalkeith) - Dalkeith House - Montagu Bridge - Meeting of the Waters by east bank of River North Esk - Restoration Yard by west bank of River South Esk - Dark Walk - start. Map here in purple (Old Wood Walk)


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On our visit

Wildlife: Cows in fields, woodpigeons and other birds in the woods.
Weather: Sunny, about 12°C.

Chronological photo guide

[St Mary's Church]

[Dalkeith House]

[River North Esk & Dalkeith House]

[Montagu Bridge]

[Following the River North Esk]

[Old woodland near the North Esk]

[Bridge across the North Esk]

[Woodland path]

[Woodland paths]

[River South Esk]

[Orangerie]

[Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park]

[Path near the Dark Walk]

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