Carnethie Street, Rosewell
Join me for a Linear stroll from the old mining village of Rosewell once visited by Pope John Paul II in the early 80's, I remember it well.....ish, I was only 11 ! To the ancient and historic village of Lasswade.
The route will commence from the Rosewell bus terminus where the Lothian 49 bus ends its outward journey. We will follow the old railway walkway down to Polton Hall on the edge of Bonnyrigg. Then skirt this area with arable land to one side and descend a steep and muddy path to the tiny village of Polton down by the river North Esk. Following the river down stream on the river side path we will pass Mavisbank House grounds, we might have a wee peer at the ruins of the house which is a miniature Adams style palladium mansion once featured in the program Restoration. Continuing along the paths we will pass many a rather splendid large houses located in heavily wooded scenery. Finally we will pass into Lasswade via a couple of old and interesting graveyards.
We can then seek refreshment in the Laird and Dog pub which sits right beside the bus stop for trips back into Edinburgh on the Lothian 31 Bus.
Distance is about 5-6 miles on a mixture of well surfaced paths and rough muddy paths. Thus I advise sturdy grippy footwear and clothing suitable for Scotland's December weather. Bring snacks and drinks to keep yourself refreshed, we will pause for refreshment at some point.
Important point this a Linear stroll. Making your way back to the start if you arrive by car might be a wee bit time consuming. I suggest if car is you desired transport option that you park in Bonnyrigg and get the 49 bus to Rosewell for the walks start. Return to Bonnyrigg by Lothian 31 or 40 bus only 2-4 stops or even walk as its only about a mile.
Todays phone number in case of emergency is :-
Please be on time, the stated time is the start time. If you are a few minutes late and we have vanished then phone the emergency number above and where practical we shall endeavour to catch you up with the group.