Walk: Monks Burn horseshoe - Pentlands on a postcard

Midlothian | Pentland Hills | Half day walk | ★★★

[Wish you were here? The main Pentlands ridge seen from Green Law]

Cap Law and Green Law are sometimes visited as stepping stones en route to the higher summits at the heart of the Pentland Hills, but less frequently feature as objectives in their own right. This pleasant horseshoe route around the Monks Burn keeps to these lower, grassy tops - often quiet - with a grand Midlothian panorama to be enjoyed on the ascent and descent. Green Law offers some of the very best views of the whole hill range by virtue of being set apart from the main Pentlands ridge, while Spittal Hill is a fine vantage point for North Esk Reservoir to the west. First class views without the crowds - sounds ideal? We think so too!

[North Esk Reservoir]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Monks Burn horseshoe - Pentlands on a postcard ★★★
Start / finish at Nine Mile Burn, Roman Road, just off A702 1 mi northeast of Carlops, G.R.: NT 177577 ///saves.unlisted.gazes
🚌 Bus stops on A702 | 🚗 Car park (gets full)

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 320 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: △ Spittal Hill (526 m); △ Green Law (525 m); △ Cap Law (497 m)
Moderate | Track for approach then faint and intermittent grassy paths and tracks to Cap Law. Clearer paths and tracks for return.

Route: Start - Spittal Farm - col between Patie's Hill & Spittal Hill - Spittal Hill - Green Law - Cap Law - Monks Rig - Scroggy Hill - start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep, birds of prey, flying geese.
Weather: Sunny periods and dark clouds. Fairy strong NW wind, 5°C or so on the summits.

Chronological photo guide

[Approach to Spittal Farm]

[Track beyond Spittal Farm]

[View back across Midlothian]

[North Esk Reservoir]

[Spittal Hill]

[Looking back]

[Green Law ahead (left)]

[Monks Burn]

[The main Pentlands ridge from Green Law]

[The ridge from Cap Law]

[Scroggy Hill]

[Peat cutting]

[Path junction near Nine Mile Burn]

[The end of the route follows field edges]


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