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The Pentland Hills

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Midlothian, Scotland, about 12.26km (7.62 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 271m (889ft)
Loss 375m (1230ft)
Max. Elevation 570m (1870ft)
Elevation (total) 646m (2119ft)
Start
Carlops
End
Easter Howgate, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland
Distance 12.26km
(7.62mi)
Duration ~3:45
Difficulty  
Moderate
Ordnance Survey Map
4Created by timmy on 22 Mar 2012
Just outside Edinburgh is a line of hills that make for a great day trip from the capital. The Pentland Hills are the city's lungs, and locals head out here at weekends to get some fresh air. Regular buses to the start and finish.

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Waypoints

OS Grid NT160558
Buses from Edinburgh to Carlops. Just beyond the church, take the track leading up to the reservoir.
Fairliehope About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid NT153567
Cross Fairliehope Burn and keep on the track.
North Esk Reservoir About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
OS Grid NT155578
Walk past the reservoir and head up Spittal Hill.
Spittal Hill About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid NT164586
First summit of the day is Spittal Hill.
Green Law About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Continue over Green Law, sticking to the high ground.
West Kip About 1.52 km (~0.94 miles) from
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Next you reach West Kip, and its near neighbour East Kip.
Scald Law About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
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This is the high point of the walk.
Carnethy Hill About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
OS Grid NT203619
The path takes you to Carnethy Hill, with its half-ruined cairn.
Turnhouse Hill About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from
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Drop down to Turnhouse Hill, overlooking the reservoir.
Flotterstone Inn About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from
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Drop down to the Flotterstone Inn, the perfect place to wait for the bus back home: www.flotterstoneinn.com

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