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Guidebook featuring 30 circular walks on Scotland's Pentland Hills, easily accessible from Edinburgh and home to peaks such as Scald Law and Carnethy Hill. Ranging from 2 to 17 miles, the routes are suitable for all abilities. Written by a local Countryside Ranger, the routes offer interesting and varied walking through diverse landscapes.
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This guidebook details 30 circular walks in Scotland's Pentland Hills, a range of low summits which extends between Edinburgh and Biggar in South Lanarkshire. Ranging from 3 to 27km (2-17 miles), there is something to suit all abilities from the novice to the experienced hill-walker, with each route showcasing a different aspect of the area's unique character.
Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping and a wealth of interesting information on the region's rich natural and cultural heritage: its geology, history, wildlife and connections with literary greats such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Local place names are explained, local folklore explored and there is a helpful glossary of dialect terms.
The Pentland Hills can be enjoyed in all seasons. Although the highest summit, Scald Law, stands at 579m, stunning vistas belie their modest elevation: this is a region of grass and heather-clad slopes which rise above picturesque valleys hiding streams and reservoirs. Walking in the Pentland Hills is an ideal companion to discovering great walking on Scotland's most accessible hills.
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|Approaches and accommodation|
|Choosing a walk|
|Access rights and responsibilities|
|Following a route|
|Geology and landscape|
|Place names and dialect Words|
|Previous Pentlands guidebooks|
|Literary Connections with the Pentland Hills|
|Protecting and enjoying the hills|
|Walk 1 A capital view|
|Walk 2 In Stevenson’s footsteps|
|Walk 3 Hill, moor and wood|
|Walk 4 Three reservoirs|
|Walk 5 A phantom walk|
|Walk 6 Harlaw Reservoir circuit|
|Walk 7 Black Hill, Green Cleuch and Red Moss|
|Walk 8 Carnethy and Turnhouse|
|Walk 9 Three peaks|
|Walk 10 Pentland classic|
|Walk 11 Thieves’ Road|
|Walk 12 West Linton and Siller Holes|
|Walk 13 Roman road|
|Walk 14 Covenanters and cairns|
|Walk 15 Walking with wolves|
|Walk 16 Poets and witches|
|Walk 17 North Esk Valley|
|Walk 18 The Monks’ Road|
|Walk 19 The four tops|
|Walk 20 The Carnethy 5|
|Walk 21 Carnethy canter|
|Walk 22 History in the hills|
|Walk 23 Flotterstone and Fala Knowe|
|Walk 24 Two cleuchs|
|Walk 25 Pentland tops|
|Walk 26 Historical hike|
|Walk 27 Exploring Caerketton|
|Walk 28 Find your way|
|Walk 29 Reservoir round|
|Walk 30 Robin’s round|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Bibliography|
|Appendix C Glossary|