Pentlands Circular: Harlaw, Threipmuir, Red Road, & Black Springs from Balerno

Join me for a circular walk in the northern Pentlands, beginning and ending in Balerno.  

This walk is long and will be quite briskly paced, so a good level of fitness is necessary.  Please consider this when deciding how to RSVP.  Parts of the walk may be quite boggy so waterproof walking boots are highly recommended.

Length 16km (10 miles)
Ascent ~200m
Duration around 4.5 hours including break
Map OS Explorer 344

The walk

Depending on how I feel on the day we'll do the following route, either as described or in reverse.  Starting in Balerno, we soon skirt the western sides of first Harlaw, then Threipmuir Reservoir, before heading south along the Red Road until we reach the Red Gate. We'll stop here for a short break.  From here we'll follow the path above Logan Burn until dropping into the Green Cleugh and continuing 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.

Important information
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.

Getting there
Catch Lothian Bus 44. Please note that the 44A service does not go via the starting point. Check the online timetable for stopping points and times. 
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.

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  • Ursula

    Thanks for the walk and Happy New Year for all of you.

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Lynne

      Lovely photos Ursula and best wishes for 2014.

      January 2, 2014

  • ruth c.

    Very good

    December 29, 2013

  • norma

    Thank's again Allan. Good walk, and company. Good winter sunshine:)

    December 29, 2013

  • Linda

    Thanks for organising Allan. Great walk and good company. See you all again soon :-)

    December 29, 2013

  • Toni O' T.

    Thanks Allan for a lovely walk, Steve for the cakes and everyone. Another good day.

    December 29, 2013

  • Allan

    Slightly deviated route but all the better for it, good company and perfect weather for a winter walk. What's not to like? Glad so many came along and enjoyed the day.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Lynne

    Lovely walk, lovely people, lovely weather. Thanks Allan :-)

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Steve

    Lovely walk. Good distance and some nice gradual inclines :)

    December 29, 2013

  • Stelios D.

    The last walk to Pentland within 2013 commenced under bright sunshine. Almost half of the passengers in the No. 44 bus to Balerno were members of the walking group. We took up to to Harlaw Rangers' Station where a large group of 20 walkers assempled. The long path took us to the ridges of Black Law from where we took the return path to Harlaw. Alsmost the full group reassmpled in th Grey Horse pub for a wee drink before we parted ways, wishing a retuern to the hills soon and a Happy New Year. It was a walk well organised and taken care of by Alan.

    2 · December 29, 2013

  • Debs & T.

    Have a great day, folks!

    December 29, 2013

  • Ann

    Sorry missing it, just feel crappy :(

    December 29, 2013

  • Catriona

    Will see you at the ranger station car park at 11:30

    December 29, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi Thanks Alan, just saw ok to take a spot but got confirmed an hour ago on an alternate walk.
    Hope it's an awesome walk Lisa

    December 28, 2013

  • Steve

    Looking forward to it ! Had a good first meetup walk with a few from the group today - hopefully see a few of the same faces tomorrow :)

    December 28, 2013

  • norma

    thank's Allan:)

    December 28, 2013

  • Steve

    Let me know if any spaces open up for this walk :) regards,

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, thanks for adding me to the list but I decided that 10 miles would be a bit too ambitious for the first time. Will start with something less challenging and take it from there. See you all soon and enjoy your walk :)

    December 28, 2013

  • norma

    Hi I would like to join up, if a place becomes available? Norma

    December 28, 2013

  • Catriona

    Hi I see that the RSVP is closed bit please let me know if any spaces come up thanks, catriona

    December 27, 2013



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