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Harlaw reservoir

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Harlaw reservoir
Author: Mattreed, Published: 02 Sep 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 South
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Harlaw reservoir
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular walk around Harlaw reservoir, a small reservoir in the Pentland Hills. Harlaw reservoir was constructed 1843-48 in front of the larger Threipmuir Reservoir, 7½ miles (12 km) southwest of Edinburgh. It was built 1843-48 for the Edinburgh Water Company by their engineer James Jardine (1776 - 1858), but is no longer involved in public water supply. The Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs now provide essential upstream flood storage to prevent flooding of the Water of Leith, and many rainbow trout for local anglers.

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 Dam
Start to Dam

Start point: 55.8608 lat, -3.3328 long
End point: 55.866 lat, -3.3196 long

From the car park take a sharp left and follow the path in the direction of the sign to East Bavelaw Farm. Ignore the drive for the farm but shortly afterwards, the path bears right through a gate down to the edge of Threipmuir reservoir and then along the reservoir until you reach the dam separating Threipmuir reservoir and Harlaw reservoir.

Dam to Left turn
Dam to Left turn

Start point: 55.866 lat, -3.3196 long
End point: 55.8651 lat, -3.3147 long

Turn right and cross the dam and at the end take a left hand turn into the forest which runs alongside Harlaw reservoir.

Left turn to bridge
Left turn to bridge

Start point: 55.8651 lat, -3.3147 long
End point: 55.8698 lat, -3.3047 long

Continue along the path with Harlaw reservoir to your left, hidden behind the trees until you reach a bridge, which you must cross over.

Bridge to Harlaw house
Bridge to Harlaw house

Start point: 55.8698 lat, -3.3047 long
End point: 55.8729 lat, -3.3098 long

Continue along the edge of the forest and the reservoir following the path. You will soon reach Harlaw house.

Harlaw house to Gate
Harlaw house to Gate

Start point: 55.8729 lat, -3.3098 long
End point: 55.861 lat, -3.326 long

Turn left at Harlaw house and continue around the reservoir until you reach the start of the dam you crossed 45 minutes ago. Cross over the small bridge and follow your tracks back alongside Threipmuir reservoir.

Gate to car park
Gate to car park

Start point: 55.861 lat, -3.326 long
End point: 55.8608 lat, -3.3325 long

Just before the gate, the path heads slightly up and to the right away from Threipmuir reservoir. Go through the gate and continue along the path you headed out on back to the car park.

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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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