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|Turnhouse and Carnethy Hills|
|Author: Mattreed, Published: 10 Aug 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Midlothian, Pentlands, Edinburgh|
|A 7.5 mile circular walk in the Pentland Hills Regional Park which takes in the summits of Turnhouse and Carnethy Hills and returns alongside Loganlea and Glencourse Reservoirs.|
Thw walks starts from Flotterstone Glen Countryside Information Centre off the A702, 2 miles north east of Penicuik, south of Edinburgh. Approximate post code EH26 0PP.
|Start to Signpost to Scald Law|
Start point: 55.8545 lat, -3.226 long
Start at either the car park of the Flotterstone Inn or the car park of the Flotterstone Glen Countryside Information Centre just beyond it. Head towards the Glencourse reservoir along either the road or a footpath on the right which winds through trees alongside the road. Soon the path merges with the road and 50 yards further along a path leaves off on the left signposted to Scald Law. Take this path.
|Signpost 'To Scald Law' to Metal gate|
Start point: 55.8552 lat, -3.2324 long
Follow the signpost along the meadow until you reach a bridge. Cross this and follow the purple Pentland Way arrow signs to a grassy track which is the start of a slow climb up Turnhouse Hill.
|Metal gate to Turnhouse Hill|
Start point: 55.8544 lat, -3.2437 long
Continue along the ascending grassy track up Turnhouse Hill. Head through a metal gate and continue on up.
|Turnhouse Hill to Carnethy Hill|
Start point: 55.8507 lat, -3.259 long
There is a small cairn at the summit of Turnhouse Hill, which at 506 metres offers great views of the Pentlands. Head down from Turnhouse Hill and continue along the path up to the larger cairn at the summit of Carnethy Hill at 573 metres.
|Carnethy Hill to Stile|
Start point: 55.844 lat, -3.2728 long
Head over Carnethy Hill and down the slope into a col. You will see a path crossing in front of you just before a stile. You have two options here - you can either continue over the stile on the ridge path up to Scald Law and thereafter head right through a forest to Loganlea reservoir. The route we have taken heads right before the stile and the ascent to the summit of Scald Law down the path crossing in front of you down to Loganlea reservoir.
|Stile to Loganlea reservoir|
Start point: 55.8401 lat, -3.2867 long
Keep the fence to your left hand side. There is another stile further down and there are again a few options here as well. You can cross over the stile and the fence and follow the path down to a crossroads of paths which lead back to Loganlea reservoir. We kept the fence on our left hand side and headed down through heather following a small stream. This way is more direct but can by tough on the ankles and knees. At the bottom you will reach the head of the reservoir. Cross over the small stream onto the road running alongside the reservoir.
|Loganlea reservoir to Glencourse reservoir|
Start point: 55.845 lat, -3.2936 long
Continue along the path heading from Loganlea reservoir to Glencourse reservoir.
|Glencourse reservoir to Gate to Flotterstone|
Start point: 55.8583 lat, -3.2632 long
Continue again along the path around Glencourse reservoir until you see a signpost to Flotterstone by a gate.
|Gate to Flotterstone to End|
Start point: 55.8577 lat, -3.2405 long
Go through this gate through a forested area back to the start at the Flotterstone Inn and Flotterstone Glen Countryside Information Centre just before it again either along the road or the footpath on the left which winds through trees alongside the road.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Mattreed and may not be reproduced without permission.
Wonderful day in Edinburgh and my daughter and I set off for our first walk in the Pentland Hills. The route was easy to follow from the car park at Flotterstone. We extended the walk up to the summit of Scald Law, with the 3rd ascent of the day being a long steep section. Return journey via the reservoirs was easy going and the local fishing club were out enjoying what looked to be a good catch. Walk was just over 8 miles and took us 4.5 hrs. Plenty of opportunity on the ridge to extend the walk if you are fit enough. Definitely an area I will visit again.
|By cookmi61 on 2016-03-16 08:43:07|
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