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Caerketton Hill

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Caerketton Hill
Author: Mattreed, Published: 01 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Midlothian, South Edinburgh
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Caerketton Hill
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular walk which takes you up Caerketton Hill where you will be rewarded with excellent views across Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat, Lothian coast, Bass Rock, the Lammermuir Hills, the rest of the Pentlands and across the Firth of Forth to Fife.

The route includes a fairly long climb to the top of Caerketton Hill and some of the paths will be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles and just a few gates.

The walk is accessed from the A702 just south of Edinburgh. Start at the Steading pub car park or the Hillend Ski Centre car park. Approximate post code EH10 7DU.

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Walk Sections

Start to Gate
Start to Gate

Start point: 55.891 lat, -3.2015 long
End point: 55.8834 lat, -3.209 long

Start at the Steading pub car park or the Hillend Ski Centre car park. From the Hillend car park take the steep uphill path to the left which leads up and alongside the ski-slope. At the marker post take the right hand path aiming for a gate into a field at the bottom of a steep climb.

Gate to Rocky Cairn
Gate to Rocky Cairn

Start point: 55.8834 lat, -3.209 long
End point: 55.8823 lat, -3.2142 long

Go through the gate and head straight up to meet a wire fence. Turn right along it to reach a cairn on the summit of Caekertton Hill with extensive views across Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat, Lothian coast, Bass Rock, the Lammermuir Hills, the rest of the Pentlands and across the Firth of Forth to Fife.

Rocky Cairn to Right turn
Rocky Cairn to Right turn

Start point: 55.8823 lat, -3.2142 long
End point: 55.8838 lat, -3.2287 long

Continue with the fence on your left over a series of small climbs and head right at Waypoint 3.

Right turn to Gate
Right turn to Gate

Start point: 55.8838 lat, -3.2287 long
End point: 55.8858 lat, -3.2142 long

Continue down until you reach the golf course bearing right keeping the golf course on your left until you meet another gate.

Gate to The Streading pub
Gate to The Streading pub

Start point: 55.8858 lat, -3.2142 long
End point: 55.8901 lat, -3.2012 long

Continue along with the golf course on your left and the ski slope on your right back to the pub, which does excellent food.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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