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Three Reservoirs

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Three Reservoirs
Author: Mattreed, Published: 11 Sep 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, Colinton
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Three Reservoirs
Length: 6 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
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A six mile, two hour walk along tracks and paths around Torduff, Clubbiedean and Bonaly Reservoirs in the Pentland National Park. The route includes several climbs and descents plus a number of gates and one stone stile.

Just west of Colinton in Edinburgh, on Woodhall Road, turn left, up Bonaly Road, following a brown sign "Pentland Hills Regional Park (Bonaly)". The road goes over the city bypass then narrows as it passes a Scout camp. There are two car park options - a second car park can be reached by taking a right turn on the way to the Scout camp however this walk starts from the upper one which is reached by continuing straight on.

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Walk Sections

Start to Torduff reservoir
Start to Torduff reservoir

Start point: 55.894 lat, -3.2625 long
End point: 55.8952 lat, -3.2701 long

Go through a gate at the top of the car park and turn right passing a cairn on your left. The path leads round and up to Torduff Reservoir passing views of Edinburgh to your right.

Torduff reservoir to sign to Easter Kinleith
Torduff reservoir to sign to Easter Kinleith

Start point: 55.8952 lat, -3.2701 long
End point: 55.8906 lat, -3.2744 long

Walk across the reservoir dam and turn left at the end. Walk around the reservoir and at the end of the reservoir you will reach a gate and a signpost. Take the right hand path before the gate, signposted to Easter Kinleith.

Sign to Easter Kinleith to Clubbiedean Reservoir
Sign to Easter Kinleith to Clubbiedean Reservoir

Start point: 55.8906 lat, -3.2744 long
End point: 55.8884 lat, -3.2798 long

Follow the metalled road which eventually becomes a track to Clubbiedean Reservoir

Clubbiedean Reservoir to Clubbiedean Fort
Clubbiedean Reservoir to Clubbiedean Fort

Start point: 55.8884 lat, -3.2798 long
End point: 55.8867 lat, -3.2845 long

The path heads around Clubbiedean Reservoir and at the far end heads right alongside a field. In the field over on the left just slightly behind you is the raised grassy bank remnants of Clubbiedean Fort, an Iron Age settlement.

Clubbiedean Fort to signpost to Harlaw
Clubbiedean Fort to signpost to Harlaw

Start point: 55.8867 lat, -3.2845 long
End point: 55.8897 lat, -3.2953 long

Continue along the track which runs alongside the field containing the fort. The track leads through East Kinleith farm at which point it passes a signpost to Harlaw. Continue along the track/road in this direction.

Signpost to Harlaw to White cottage
Signpost to Harlaw to White cottage

Start point: 55.8897 lat, -3.2953 long
End point: 55.8875 lat, -3.3013 long

The track passes a number of small cottages. When you reach a small white cottage on the corner of a minor road, take a left turn following a treelined path between two fields.

White cottage to gate and signpost to Glencourse
White cottage to gate and signpost to Glencourse

Start point: 55.8875 lat, -3.3013 long
End point: 55.8731 lat, -3.2927 long

This rough and stony track, known locally as Ranges Road, continues for about 1.5km to a gate at the top of a conifer plantation. Go through this gate and follow a stone wall on your left until you reach another gate and signpost to Glencourse.

Gate and signpost to Glencourse to Maiden's Cleuch
Gate and signpost to Glencourse to Maiden's Cleuch

Start point: 55.8731 lat, -3.2927 long
End point: 55.8714 lat, -3.2743 long

Go through the gate and follow the signpost to Glencourse. You will pass through Maiden's Cleuch, a valley between Harbour Hill (to your left) and Bell's Hill (to your right). You will then reach a gate and a stone stile at the bottom of Harbour Hill.

Maiden's Cleuch to crossroads of paths beneath Capelaw Hill
Maiden's Cleuch to crossroads of paths beneath Capelaw Hill

Start point: 55.8714 lat, -3.2743 long
End point: 55.8777 lat, -3.2639 long

Take the path to the left up and over Harbour Hill. As you descend you will see a crossing of paths in the distance on the slope of Capelaw Hill. When you reach this crossroads, take a left turn along a path which runs between Bonaly Reservoir on your left (hidden by the fir trees) and Capelaw Hill on your right.

Crossroads of paths beneath Capelaw Hill to Gate
Crossroads of paths beneath Capelaw Hill to Gate

Start point: 55.8777 lat, -3.2639 long
End point: 55.8816 lat, -3.2614 long

After a while you will reach a gate on your left. Pass through the gate and head up over the small hill in the distance, keeping Bonaly Reservoir on your left.

Gate to Gate signpost to Bonaly
Gate to Gate signpost to Bonaly

Start point: 55.8816 lat, -3.2614 long
End point: 55.8911 lat, -3.2642 long

Continue along the path until you reach a gate and a signpost. Take the wide path in the direction of Bonaly through Sanctuary Wood.

Gate signpost to Bonaly to End
Gate signpost to Bonaly to End

Start point: 55.8911 lat, -3.2642 long
End point: 55.894 lat, -3.2624 long

Head through the wood, back past the stone cairn 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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