This is a long, circular walk in the northern Pentlands, beginning and ending in Balerno. A good level of fitness is necessary. Good boots are absolutely essential, and with the weather set fair this week bring sunscreen, plenty of water and sandwich or snack to keep you going.
Length 18km (11.5 miles)
Duration around 5-6 hours including break
Map OS Explorer 344
Starting in Balerno, we soon skirt the western sides of first Harlaw, then Threipmuir Reservoir, before heading south for the hills along the Red Road. Reaching the foot of West Kip (551m), we will climb this hill and its neighbour, East Kip (534m), before heading on to the highest top in the Pentlands, Scald Law (579m). We'll stop here for a well deserved sandwich break.
Descending from Scald Law, we turn left onto the kirk road and drop steeply to The Howe. From there we'll turn left and continue up the Green Cleugh until the path forks. From here we follow the path around the side of Black Hill and through Black Springs back to the Rangers station at Harlaw, from here we'll retrace our steps back to Balerno.
Walkers are responsible for their own safety, and no member or organizer from the group can be held responsible in case of any mishap.
By signing up for this walk you are understood to have agreed to these terms.
Catch Lothian Bus 44 which runs every 10 mins. Check the online timetable for stopping points and times. A single ticket is £1.50, a Dayticket £3.50 - no change given!
After going through Currie, the bus turns left at traffic lights, off the main road, to enter Balerno. It passes Balerno High School on the left, then the bus turns left again into Bavelaw Road, and the correct stop is just after a Co-op shop on the left. (If in doubt, ask the driver to drop you near the Co-op in Balerno.)
If travelling by car, you can park at the Harlaw car park and we will meet you at the rangers' centre around 11:30AM. It's also possible to park opposite the meet up point in Balerno if you wish to do the full walk.
Facilities & Dogs
There is one public toilet (queues are likely) at the Harlaw Rangers' Centre, which we shall pass at the beginning and end. Those who don't leave the group at Harlaw are invited to join me for a drink afterwards in the Grey Horse pub in Balerno.
Dogs are welcome on this walk, but must be under control at all times and on a short lead when sheep are around.