Walks (strenous)

East Cairn HillThe Covenanter's Grave

The Covenanter’s Grave

Walk C1 - Circular walk from West Linton

Time - 4-5 hours; Distance - 19km/11.5 miles

A long walk out to perhaps the loneliest, most remote and atmospheric spot in the Pentlands – mostly on good tracks but one tricky section across rough and boggy moorland probably best done in dry and clear weather. The return leg follows the route of walk B6, ‘Prehistoric Walk to West Linton’, which is worth taking with you for its useful historical notes. read on...

 

East Cairn HillNorth Esk Reservoir

Mount Maw

Walk C2 - Circular walk from West Linton

Time - 4-5 hours; Distance - 15km/9miles

A fine walk along the ridge of the Pentlands between Baddinsgill and the North Esk reservoir, with spectacular views in all directions, taking in the Lothians, the Forth Bridge and Fife. The summit of Mount Maw is at 535m. read on...

 

East Cairn HillMedwynhead

West Water Reservoir and Medwynhead

Walk C3 - Circular walk from West Linton

Time – 3-4 hours; Distance – 15km/9 miles

A long walk out into the high Pentland moorland, mostly on good tracks but with one short section across rough and boggy moorland. The return leg follows the route of walk B6, ‘Prehistoric Walk to West Linton’, which is worth taking with you for its useful historical notes. read on...

 

Peebles from the Old Drove RoadWest Linton Along The Old Drove Road

Walk C4 - Linear walk from Peebles

Time – 5 hours; Distance – 20km/12 miles

A lovely walk, the joy of which is that almost all of it is off-road, using very good and extremely efficiently signposted paths and tracks that form part of the Hawick to Harperrig Cross Borders Drove Road.  The route has terrific views back to Peebles, passes through the Meldon Hills and through the Cloich Forest, moorland and faming land –a huge variety of scenery.  The final stretch follows the route of walk A4, so it would be useful to take that route with you too if you go.  You’ll also need OS Explorer sheet 337 for this one, although OS are a bit behind in marking the route on it and in revising the shape of the Cloich Forest.

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East Cairn HillEast Cairn Hill

Cauldstane Slap, East Cairn Hill And The Bore Stane

Walk C5 - Circular walk from Baddinsgill

Time – 6 hours; Distance – 20km/12 miles

A long walk out into the high Pentland moorland and to the top of East Cairn Hill at 561m, but the climb is steady apart from one steep section, mostly on well maintained footpaths but with the middle section between Cauldstane Slap and Bore Stane being across rougher moorland. There are superb views to the Ochils and Trossachs, to the Firth of Forth and to Edinburgh and beyond. read on...

 

East Cairn HillWest Cairn Hill and Cauldstane Slap

Walk C6 - Circular walk from Baddinsgill

Time – 2-3 hours; Distance – 12km/7 miles

A good walk out into the high Pentland moorland and to the top of West Cairn Hill at 562m. While not as long as other 'difficult' walks, the middle section climbing up West Cairn Hill is very tough going, crossing open and boggy moorland and then climbing steeply. There are superb views to the Ochils and Trossachs and to the Firth of Forth and beyond.

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West Cairn Hill and Cauldstane SlapMount Maw and East Cairn Hill Ridge Walk

Walk C7 - Circular walk from Baddinsgill

Time – 4-5 hours; Distance – 14km/8.5 miles

A strenuous but rewarding circular walk along the ridge of the Pentlands between Baddinsgill and the North Esk
reservoir and then across to East Cairn Hill, returning via the Thieves Road, with spectacular views in all directions.

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East Cairn HillWest Cairn dry stane dyke across Kitchen Moss and Cauldstane Slap

Kitchen Moss

Walk C8 - Circular walk from Ninemileburn

Time – 3-4 hours; Distance – 15km/9 miles

A circular walk across high moorland that connects two trans-Pentland footpaths, with fine views to Edinburgh, the bridges, Fife and beyond, as well as views of the Pentlands ridge that cannot be seen from anywhere else. read on...