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Wild Weekends: Walking in the Pentlands

Wild Weekends: Walking in the Pentlands

One of my favourite walks at the moment is around the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh, it is an easy walk to do with young children and a buggy. We part at near the Flotterstone Inn, then walk along the marked path through a small woodland area. When we come out, it is about 100 yards to a gate on the left. We take the path through the gate and follow the small stream.

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The stream takes you past fields and you can see the hills around you. We were able to watch the baby calves with their mothers, and do a bit of wild flower identification. The stream eventually takes you to a fork, the right is a steep climb (well steep with a buggy!) and the left goes a little further, and comes to a water fall- very beautiful.

We go to the waterfall, then back before taking the steep climb to the farm road. When you reach the raod turn right and back to the car park.

There are many walks in the area- for all ages and abilities. Serious hillwalkers can go off for a day hiking, there is fishing available at of Gladhouse Reservoir. For older children, the farm road goes around the reservoir, but my brood with little legs find it a bit far- but the scenery is beautiful.

The Pentlands boasts a range of wildlife, at the weekend we watched a Kestral on the hunt, hoovering above our heads.

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