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Pentland Ridge

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Pentland Ridge
Author: Mattreed, Published: 25 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Midlothian, Pentlands, Edinburgh
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Pentland Ridge
Length: 8 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 boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 hour circular walk that is one of the most popular in the Pentlands taking in West Kip, East Kip and the highest peak in the Pentlands, Scald Law.

Take the A70 west from Edinburgh over the city bypass. Continue through Juniper Green and Currie until the traffic lights. Turn left into Balerno then take another left just after the school. Continue straight on this road which heads south out of Balerno, going past the SSPCA centre on the left to the Pentlands Regional Park car-park (also on your left). Approximate post code EH14 7JU.

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Walk Sections

Start to bridge over Bavelaw Marsh
Start to bridge over Bavelaw Marsh

Start point: 55.8608 lat, -3.3326 long
End point: 55.8573 lat, -3.3373 long

From the car park take a left and continue further south along the road. After about half a mile you will cross a bridge with Bavelaw Marsh to your right and Threipmuir Reservoir to your left. Continue over the bridge up the tree lined avenue.

Bridge over Bavelaw Marsh to Signpost to Nine mile burn
Bridge over Bavelaw Marsh to Signpost to Nine mile burn

Start point: 55.8573 lat, -3.3373 long
End point: 55.8521 lat, -3.3366 long

At the top of the tree lined avenue take the right fork and follow the direction of the signpost to Nine mile burn. The left hand fork passes Bavelaw Castle, a historic house built around a 16th century L-plan tower house where both Mary, Queen of Scots, and James VI both stayed. Bavelaw fell into a ruinous state, but was restored and extended in about 1900 by Sir Robert Lorimer, linking the former out-buildings to become part of the main house, adding larger windows and a turret to increase the space in the attic, and converting the basement. Bavelaw Castle is currently owned by the Douglas-Miller family, former owners of the Jenners department store in Edinburgh.

Signpost to Nine mile burn to Stone wall
Signpost to Nine mile burn to Stone wall

Start point: 55.8521 lat, -3.3366 long
End point: 55.8478 lat, -3.3356 long

Continue south through a gate and along the path keeping a stone wall to your left. There are large areas of heather in the fields around you giving the landscape a purple hue. On the left you can make out the first peak, that of West Kip.

Stone wall to Gate
Stone wall to Gate

Start point: 55.8478 lat, -3.3356 long
End point: 55.8384 lat, -3.3302 long

Continue along the stone wall keeping it to your left until you reach a gate. Head through the gate and continue to follow the path.

Gate to Top of West Kip
Gate to Top of West Kip

Start point: 55.8384 lat, -3.3302 long
End point: 55.8315 lat, -3.3137 long

Continue along the path which bears left to head to the summit of West Kip.

Top of West Kip to top of East Kip

Start point: 55.8315 lat, -3.3137 long
End point: 55.8341 lat, -3.3058 long

Head over the summit of West Kip down and up to the summit of East Kip.

Top of East Kip to top of Scald Law
Top of East Kip to top of Scald Law

Start point: 55.8341 lat, -3.3058 long
End point: 55.8358 lat, -3.2929 long

Head over the summit of East Kip down and up to the summit of Scald Law.

Top of Scald Law to Stile
Top of Scald Law to Stile

Start point: 55.8358 lat, -3.2929 long
End point: 55.8402 lat, -3.2864 long

Head down from Scald Law to a stile which crosses a path. Head left down along this path.

Stile to Ladder stile
Stile to Ladder stile

Start point: 55.8402 lat, -3.2864 long
End point: 55.841 lat, -3.2892 long

After about a 250 metres you will see a ladder stile. Head over this stile.

Ladder stile to Bridge and sign to Balerno
Ladder stile to Bridge and sign to Balerno

Start point: 55.841 lat, -3.2892 long
End point: 55.844 lat, -3.2958 long

Continue down the path heading to the bottom of the hill aiming for a stone bridge with a signpost next to it.

Bridge and sign to Balerno to Gate
Bridge and sign to Balerno to Gate

Start point: 55.844 lat, -3.2958 long
End point: 55.8501 lat, -3.333 long

To your right is Howlet's House. Cross over the bridge and turn left. This area to the left is known as The Howe. Continue along the right side of the river. Alternatively you can turn left before the bridge and continue on the left side of the river, crossing aout 100 metres further along the river. This second options avoids some difficult loose ground close to the river. The path continues for a further mile or so through a pretty valley in an area called Green Cleugh. The path takes you back to a gate. Go through the gate and pass close to Bavelaw castle (private).

Gate to end
Gate to end

Start point: 55.8501 lat, -3.333 long
End point: 55.8609 lat, -3.333 long

This lane joins the tree lined avenue. Retrace you footsteps back to the car park another half a mile further on.

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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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