Walk: The Templar Temple Triangle

Midlothian | Gorebridge | Half day walk | ★★★

[River South Esk]

They say good things come in threes - and this good, varied circuit comes in three parts. First, an amble along the wooded South Esk to Temple Church: ancient HQ for the Knight's Templar in Scotland. Second, a stroll through the grounds of grand Arniston House (the interior of which can be toured in the summer months). Finally, a return along the Gore Water on the fringes of Gorebridge.

[Arniston House]

Location & info

📌 Walk: The Templar Temple Triangle ★★★
Start / finish at Trotter's Bridge, minor road half 1 mi west of Gorebridge town centre, G.R.: NT 331620 ///crisp.zoom.feed. Alternative start point in Gorebridge.
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Gorebridge, at a slightly different point on the route | 🚗 Car park

▶ 11 km / 7 mi | ▲ 250 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: River South Esk; Temple Church (Midlothian) ; Arniston House ★★★★; Gore Water
Moderate | Paths and tracks - some steps and muddy sections, especially around Temple.

Route: Car park - River South Esk - Temple Church - return to path junction at G.R.: NT 321591 - follow burn to east - stone grotto / tunnel - Arniston House - Arniston Mains - Harvieston Mains - path leaves A7 200 m to southeast - Gore Water - start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Grey squirrels, dippers, grey wagtails. Sheep and horses in nearby fields.
Weather: 5°C with a cold wind at times. Sunny to start following overnight rain / snow, but clouding over later.

Chronological photo guide

[Waterfalls on the River South Esk]

[River South Esk]

[Rocky scenery - there is a small cave in the cliff on the left]


[Informal side paths can be used to explore the river bank further]

[Pentland Hills in the distance]

[Woodland path]

[River South Esk]

[River South Esk]

[There are several small waterfalls on the extension to Temple Church]

[Braidwood Bridge]

[Path to Temple Church]

[Temple Church]

[Path towards Arniston House]

[Grotto / tunnel]

[Arniston House]

[Track to Arniston Mains]

[Track to Harvieston Mains]

[Pond by the Gore Water]

[Gore Water]


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