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Walk: Capelaw & Castlelaw - Kirk Burn round

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Midlothian / City of Edinburgh | Pentland Hills | Half day walk | ★★★ [Midlothian from Castlelaw Hill] Situated either side of the cleft of the Kirk Burn, Capelaw Hill and Castlelaw Hill are outlying tops of the slightly higher and more prominent Allermuir Hill . The former's summit panorama lacks depth due to its flat surroundings, while much of the latter's southern side is a military firing range! These unfashionable features have an advantage on busy days however: they are usually relatively crowd-free while still offering great views into the heart of the Pentlands - and this circuit keeps out of the MoD estate, so can be used even when the red "Keep Out!" flags are flying. Our route starts by tracing the pretty shores of Glencorse Reservoir, while the return leg calls at Castlelaw Hill Fort, featuring a souterrain (ancient, underground storage passage) which is well worth viewing. Those with surplus energy could easily incorporate the busier trig point of

Walk: Scald Law is hot stuff

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City of Edinburgh / Midlothian | Pentland Hills | Half day walk | ★★★★ [West Kip, en route to Scald Law] This perfect Pentland round includes a traverse of the most elegant hills in the region - the Kips - en route to the highest: Scald Law. Despite being so close to Edinburgh , the outward tramp across expansive moorland via the Red Road feels a world away from Princes Street (no more so than on our snowy 2020 visit), with West and East Kip looming large ahead. Meanwhile, the return through Green Cleugh comes with an attractive waterfall nestling in the heart of the range, and has an intimate feel even with all the cyclists zooming past on busy days. The tranquil reservoirs of Harlaw and Threipmuir at the start are worthy of exploration even on their own. For both variety and views, this walk deserves a place right up there with the bigger hills. [Return through Green Cleugh] Location & info 📌 Walk: Scald Law is hot stuff ★★★★ Start / finish at Red Moss of Balerno, o

Walk: The lighter side to Roslin Glen

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Midlothian | Roslin | Short walk | ★★ [River North Esk] Roslin Glen is a gorge of two halves, bisected by the hairpins of the B7003 connecting Roslin village with Rosewell. Starting next to world-famous Rosslyn Chapel (visitable for a fee), this circuit largely goes on to explore the gentler, upstream part of the glen, found to the west of the road. Though easier on the eye than the wild section of gorge further east, there's still an "explosive" mix of natural and manmade interest. Woodland tracks lead to the ruins of what used to be Scotland's biggest gunpowder mill, located on the inside of a river meander overlooked by imposing cliffs. A section of the dismantled Dalkeith to Penicuik railway line is used for the return - with fleeting views of the Pentland Hills at first - before another descent into and reascent out of the glen to regain the start point. [Railway bed return] Location & info 📌 Walk: The lighter side to Roslin Glen ★★ Start / fin