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Capelaw Hill and Bonaly

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Capelaw Hill and Bonaly
Author: Mattreed, Published: 05 Sep 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothianstar0 Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothianstar0 Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothianstar0 Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothianstar0 Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothian
Midlothian, Edinburgh City
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Capelaw Hill and Bonaly
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothian boot Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothian boot Capelaw Hill and Bonaly Walking Guide  - Midlothian
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A 4 mile circular walk around Capelaw Hill in the Pentlands National Park, just outside Edinburgh. Along the way you will have great views over Edinburgh city.

There are several climbs and descents throughout, including a few steep sections. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate a couple of gates. You will be sharing the paths with sheep so take particular care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

To get to the start of the walk, head to the Dreghorn/Redford area in the South of Edinburgh on the B701. Cross the bypass on the Dreghorn Link Bridge and turn right as if you are going to join the bypass via the slip road. 100 metres down the slip road, there is a left turn which takes you along a small road which runs alongside the bypass. There is parking on the left-hand side of this road.

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Walk Sections

Start to Castlelaw Sign
Start to Castlelaw Sign

Start point: 55.899 lat, -3.2372 long
End point: 55.8909 lat, -3.2451 long

Starting from the parking area, find the Dreghorn map and head through the gate along the 'path to Castlelaw'. Head up into the hills to the base of Allermuir and Caselaw hills until you reach another signpost. Turn left here to keep on the path to Castlelaw.

Castlelaw Sign to Bonaly Sign
Castlelaw Sign to Bonaly Sign

Start point: 55.8909 lat, -3.2451 long
End point: 55.8811 lat, -3.243 long

The path heads up on the side of Allermuir Hill alongside the Howden Burn and is steep in places. Continue keeping Capelaw Hill on your right and Allermuir Hill on your left until you get to a four way signpost. Take the right path signed to Bonaly.

Bonaly Sign to Straight On
Bonaly Sign to Straight On

Start point: 55.8811 lat, -3.243 long
End point: 55.8841 lat, -3.2518 long

The path continues around Capelaw Hill, where there are some amazing views over the City of Edinburgh on offer, and heads down and to the left along the path to Capelaw.

Straight On to Right Path
Straight On to Right Path

Start point: 55.8841 lat, -3.2518 long
End point: 55.8902 lat, -3.2529 long

After passing Bonaly Reservoir, some distance away on your left, you will continue to head down until you reach a fork in the path. Take the right-hand turn continuing along the path to Capelaw.

Right Path to End

Start point: 55.8902 lat, -3.2529 long
End point: 55.899 lat, -3.2372 long

The path brings you back to the slip road along the path to Bonaly. Walk along here for about a quarter of a mile until you get back to your car. You can return back up the bypass slip road and back over the Dreghorn Link Bridge back into the Redford/Dreghorn area.

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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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