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|Easter Craiglockhart Hill and pond|
|Author: Mattreed, Published: 28 Aug 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Midlothian, Edinburgh West|
|A short one mile circular walk around Easter Craiglockhart Hill which rises dramatically through cliff-faces and steeply wooded slopes to a plateau of rabbit-cropped turf, featuring views out over the Forth, the Trossachs, the Pentlands and East Lothian, as well as the fascinating city-scape all around. A short walk around the Nature Trail - devised and maintained by a vigorous group of local residents - reveals a surprising variety of habitats. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2009, in recognition of it being a quality greenspace.|
Craiglockhart is on the west of Edinburgh. Head out on Colinton Road, through Morningside towards Colinton. The start of the walk is at the end of Craiglockhart Terrace, which is on the left, shortly after George Watson's College and just before a pub called the 'Kilted Pig'. Head to the end of Craiglockhart Terrace until you reach a white gate and a green flag, an award which recognises and rewards the best parks and gardens in the UK. There is plenty of parking here on the road.
|Start to ramp|
Start point: 55.9254 lat, -3.2298 long
Leave the green flag and white gate and head into the woods passing a relief map of the area and the local nature trail on your right. About 100 metres into the woods there is a ramp on your left. Head up the ramp.
|Ramp to hole in wall|
Start point: 55.9253 lat, -3.2307 long
Continue along the path which bends around to the left and at the end of the houses turn right and through a gap in the wall. There are steps heading up. This area can be very muddy after rain.
|Hole in wall to University|
Start point: 55.924 lat, -3.2311 long
At the top of the steps you will reach a clearing. Head along the left side of the clearing heading for 3 small steps and once you have climbed these, turn left onto a gravel path. Follow the path back into the woods until you reach a building. This is part of the Craighouse Campus of Edinburgh Napier University. In 1877, the estate became a hydropathic institute until the advent of the First World War. Between 1916 and 1919 the building was used as a military psychiatric hospital for the treatment of shell-shocked officers who included the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
|University to hole in wall|
Start point: 55.9223 lat, -3.2315 long
At the university there are two paths off to your right. Take the second path on your right (the one which doesn't have the sign in front of it). Go up past a fallen tree for about half a mile until you reach another hole in the wall on your right. Go through this.
|Hole in wall to top of hill|
Start point: 55.9211 lat, -3.2288 long
After the hole in the wall the path heads up to the top of the hill with superb views over the city of Edinburgh.
|Top of hill to signpost to pond|
Start point: 55.921 lat, -3.23 long
After a stop to appreciate the view from one of the benches at the top, continue in the same direction back down the hill and head for another gap in the stone wall heading back into the woods. There is a fork in the path after a few metres, take the left hand path and continue down the steps until you get to a wooden signpost and a choice of two paths. Take the direction marked to the pond.
|Signpost to pond to Pond|
Start point: 55.9205 lat, -3.2355 long
The walk continues through the woods past the back of the Craiglockhart Sports and Tennis Centre and onto the pond.
|Pond to End|
Start point: 55.9236 lat, -3.233 long
Pass by the pond and back to the start of the walk.
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