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A big day out in the Pentlands
Some of the group have been talking for a while about a big day out in the Pentlands. Not TOO big mind you but big enough to be a different kind of fun for some of the older kids - probably 7 or 8 plus depending on the child. Kids you know can walk and who will keep walking up a long hill so long as they get some breaks and regularly bribed/refueled with chocolate. But this walk has to be accessible to everyone by bus - which is why this is a Saturday not a Sunday walk - and ideally more or less circular - which is why it has taken me so long to work out! I've been wracking my brains and this morning I had a potential route that was worth a reccie run and it was...GLORIOUS. Yes, there is a bit of a walk back up the footpath along the A702, where you will need to keep the kids close but then you're off through the heather and over the burns, up to the pass between Scald Law and Carnethy. The climb up Scald Law is steep and rocky but you'll want to stop to catch the views as well as your breath in any case. This is the tallest hill in the Pentlands and you can see half of East Lothian and fair bit of Fife from the top. Maybe a snack here if it's not too blowy? Then we're off, along an easy broad ridge to the less well known but rather shapely second top of South Black Hill. Then down through the heather and, mercifully, finishing right at the bus stop without the road walk this time. So here's the plan. As you'll have gathered the walk is not suitable for buggies (!) and if you can carry your little one in a sling on this I will be *very* impressed. You need to be sure your kids can handle a slightly bigger walk because you will not want to be carrying them but if they do unexpectedly run out of legs, and don't respond to treatment with chocolate, then you can retrace your steps. Catch the 101a bus leaving from Edinburgh Bus Station at 1.20 via Lothian Road/ Tollcross/ Morningside to arrive at the start by 2.02. Or there is limited on road parking on your left on Hopelands Road, just past the bus stop. We should be back by about 5.00, even at a slow pace with plenty of stops, which gives us a bit of a safety margin before the 5.25 bus back. I would suggest walking shoes or boots for adults and kids as there is some loose rock and boggy patches. Definitely bring some warm clothes and a wind/waterproof as well as a snack and plenty of water. We will have to take care for the half mile walk along the A702 at the start as the footpath is quite narrow and right by this busy road - not the best start to the walk but totally worth it. Do RSVP if you plan to come and check this site on the morning of the walk because if the forecast is really bad we will have to reconsider because this walk is very exposed. (There is a shorter, easier, lower walk I have in mind as a back up around Flotterstone if high winds are the problem.)

Silverburn bus stop

Siverburn Midlothian · Edinburgh EH26

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We are a group of Edinburgh Ramblers ( who have recently set up fortnightly led Family Walks.

Taking in total 2 to 3 hours time usually around 4 miles they are in lovely places either in or within easy reach of the City. Join this group to discover great places to ramble with your family. Relaxed and friendly led by experienced walkers. Meet other parents and grandparents let children lark about and be children. Time to stop and smell the flowers, spot the birds, look at the water fall, clamber about and be outdoors in fresh air, notice the seasons, the changing light the natural world that sustains us.

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