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Balerno Group

We are the Balerno Ramblers. We open the way for everyone in our local community to enjoy the pleasures of walking.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking

Overview

Overview

A linear walk of 8.5 miles (can be shortened if required) along part of the John Muir Way, starting at the Royal Commonwealth Pool (toilets available), going via Melville Drive and Bruntsfield Links to the Leamington Lift Bridge and the canal.  We will follow the canal to the Water of Leith, where we continue to Saughton Park (toilets and lunch stop) then on to Corstorphine Hill.  Up to this point the walk is mainly flat and on good paths, with some pavement walking to link green spaces.

The hill has approximately 120 metres of steep ascent, with rough tracks, potentially muddy and uneven.  Poles recommended if you use them.  If you do not wish to go up the hill, you can get a bus back to the city centre from Corstorphine Road (12, 26, 31).  Otherwise the walk goes over the hill and joins Clermiston Road and then ends on Queensferry Road (return bus to city centre – 43).

Transport – the Royal Commonwealth Pool is served by many buses (2, 14, 30, 33) and the 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 31, 37 and 47 all stop either on or by Salisbury Road.

To join this walk, please contact leader. Please also advise leader of any medical condition that may impact your walking. 

We regret dogs are not permitted on our walks

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 9 March 2024
Start time:
10:00 am
Estimated finish time:
3:00 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
13.7km / 8.5mi
Ascent:
121m / 397ft
Type:
linear

Features

  • Accessible by public transport

Starting point

Grid reference:
NT 26843 72413
Nearest postcode:
EH16 5BB
what3words:
intent.full.media
Start time:
10:00 am

Meet at Commonwealth Pool in the foyer 10am, leaving 10:10.

Finishing point

Grid reference:
NT 22620 74295
Nearest postcode:
EH4 3HN
what3words:
asks.vibrates.beyond
Estimated finish time:
3:00 pm

Walk ends on Queensferry Road

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking