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Craiglockhart Dell and Water of Leith

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Craiglockhart Dell and Water of Leith
Author: Mattreed, Published: 13 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, Edinburgh West
Walk Type: Woodland
Craiglockhart Dell and Water of Leith
Length: 1 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 1.3 mile circular walk in Craiglockhart Dell which lies on the western margins of Edinburgh and Craiglockhart. The Dell is a steep sided wooded valley running from Slateford to Colinton that hosts a section of the Water of Leith Walkway.

Craiglockhart Dell is accessed from Craiglockhart Drive South. Head west on Colinton Road until you get to the crossroads with Craiglockhart Avenue with the iconic spaceship like Napier University campus over to your left. Turn right onto Craiglockhart Avenue and take the second road on the left which is Craiglockhart Drive South. Continue to the end of this road, the entrance to Craiglockhart Dell is on your right. Road parking is available.

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Walk Sections

Start to Hairpin turn
Start to Hairpin turn

Start point: 55.9192 lat, -3.2481 long
End point: 55.9203 lat, -3.2489 long

Leave Craiglockhart Drive South and head into the Dell. The path heads steeply down past a grotto on your right. At the first choice of paths at a hairpin double back on yourself and continue down the hill rather than head straight.

Hairpin turn to Grotto
Hairpin turn to Grotto

Start point: 55.9203 lat, -3.2489 long
End point: 55.9206 lat, -3.2493 long

After the hairpin turn continue along the path down to the river where you will pass an 18th Century Gothic Grotto on your right. Have a look through the rear arched window which frames a little stream cascading down the hill behind.

Grotto to Right hand fork
Grotto to Right hand fork

Start point: 55.9206 lat, -3.2493 long
End point: 55.9196 lat, -3.2522 long

The path continues over a small bridge and up some steps. You will pass another bridge. Don't cross over this bridge but continue along the path until you reach a fork. Head right down some steps onto a clearing.

Right hand fork to Bridge
Right hand fork to Bridge

Start point: 55.9196 lat, -3.2522 long
End point: 55.9187 lat, -3.2542 long

Cross down into the small meadow keeping close to the Water of Leith and continue until you reach a larger bridge across the water. This time cross over the bridge.

Bridge to Right turn
Bridge to Right turn

Start point: 55.9187 lat, -3.2542 long
End point: 55.9186 lat, -3.255 long

Cross over the bridge (seen from it's far side here) and bear right up a path keeping the river on your right.

Right turn to Bridge
Right turn to Bridge

Start point: 55.9186 lat, -3.255 long
End point: 55.9199 lat, -3.2506 long

There are several choices of path on the way back - keep the river close and to your right at all times. When you reach another bridge (which you passed by on the outward leg) cross back over the river and retrace your steps back up the hill keeping the river now to your left.

Bridge to Right path
Bridge to Right path

Start point: 55.9199 lat, -3.2506 long
End point: 55.9204 lat, -3.2493 long

Pass by the two grottos, the first on your right, the second on your left and head back up to the entrance on Craiglockhart Drive South.

Right path to End
Right path to End

Start point: 55.9204 lat, -3.2493 long
End point: 55.919 lat, -3.2475 long

Pass by the two grottos, the first on your right, the second on your left and head back up to the entrance on Craiglockhart Drive South.

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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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