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Pentland Hills

The Pentland Hills are a range of hills to the south-west of Edinburgh, Scotland.  The range is around 20 miles in length, and runs south west from Edinburgh towards Biggar and the upper Clyde Valley

The route

Circular from Balerno (Threipmuir Reservoir)

Scald Law - East Kip - West Kip

Saturday 30 May 2009 - 6.5 Miles / 4.5 Hours


Penultimate day in Scotland - started around 1030.  From the Car Park you cross a causeway across Threipmuir Reservoir (one of many supplying water to Edinburgh) and follow a tarmac private drive, rising up towards Bavelaw Castle.  Then following South Easterly in a valley between Hare Hill and Black Hill on a lesser path signed to Penicuik.  Passing waterfalls on the way, at Loganlea reservoir the serious business begins - a strenuous climb up to a crosspath, then turning right up to the summit of Scald Law (579m) - marked with a trig point.  After a quick rest, another loss of altitude before climbing up to East Kip (534m) and a very welcome lunch, with a wonderful view north towards the Forth, Edinburgh, Fife etc.  Eventually, another descent, then climb up and across West Kip (551m) and then down on the path to a lower level and a undulating walk back to the car park.  A short drive back to Livingston and a good rest.  It is wonderful having such pretty hills almost on the doorstep.

Threipmuir Reservior

Nice easy tarmac bit

Lovely path in the valley

Logan Burn

The slog up to Scald Law

Dad approaching Trig Point

East Kip and West Kip from Scald Law

Lunch on East Kip - Threipmuir in distance

West Kip

The hard work is over - back on lower level path

The path to Balerno


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