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Walk: Gentle shepherds & leaping witches - Carlops circular

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Scottish Borders / Midlothian | Pentland Hills | Half day walk | ★★★ [North Esk valley from the top of the pass] North Esk Reservoir is a fairly little-visited spot in the southern Pentlands above Carlops; one of the many burns tumbling down from the moors into this body of water is the source of the namesake river. A pass between Spittal Hill and Patie's Hill makes for a scenic approach to the reservoir from near Nine Mile Burn. Starting from Carlops, our circuit also takes in the photogenic folds of Habbie's Howe, which include a small waterfall, cave and unspoilt woodland. Habbie's Howe was also the setting for The Gentle Shepherd : the most famous work of 18th century Scottish poet and playwright, Allan Ramsay. [Habbie's Howe] Location & info 📌 Walk: Gentle shepherds & leaping witches - Carlops circular ★★★ Start / finish at Witches' Leap, by A702, south end of Carlops, G.R.: NT 161559 ///campfires.hopefully.cookies 🚌 Bus to Carlops | 🚗 C

Walk: Buzzing off to Beecraigs

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West Lothian | Linlithgow | Half day walk | ★★ [Union Canal east of Linlithgow] Tourists mainly visit Linlithgow for its famous palace, and rightly so - but the area is also blessed with some excellent walks which are a little more off the beaten track - certainly for international visitors, at least. This varied circuit links the Royal Burgh with the royal stags of Beecraigs Country Park, found on higher ground south of the town. The Union Canal and Beecraigs Loch both feature and provide good opportunities for watching waterfowl, while the tiny but prominent summit of Cockleroy (see our separate walk) can easily be incorporated into the route for superb views across the Forth valley region. We've listed this walk as a half day route but it could easily fill a whole day if you include the optional extension, linger within the country park or even make a detour to Linlithgow Palace . [Parkley Craigs] Location & info 📌 Walk: Buzzing off to Beecraigs ★★ Start / fin

Walk: Doffing the cap to Cockleroy

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West Lothian | Bathgate Hills | Short walk | ★★★ [Cockleroy] Cockleroy (Red Hat, or the King's hat) is an insignificant hill by most standards, but by Central Belt standards it happens to be one of the highest points. The summit offers outstanding and wide-ranging views over the Ochil Hills, Campsie Fells, West Highlands, Linlithgow (and its palace ) and the Pentland Hills. There are faint earthworks belonging to an ancient fort, and it's said that Scottish knight William Wallace took rest in a a rock cavity ("Wallace's Bed") at the top - though, truth be told, he could have picked a more sheltered spot. The path from the nearby road is short and straightforward - alternatively, you could extend the route by starting from Beecraigs Country Park visitor centre. [The summit offers great views of Linlithgow] Location & info 📌 Walk: Doffing the cap to Cockleroy ★★★ Start / finish by minor road 2 mi south of Linlithgow, G.R.: NS 994742 ///notes.ope