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The Pentland Hills

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Midlothian, Scotland, about 12.70km (7.89 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 271m (889ft)
Descent 375m (1230ft)
Max. Elevation 570m (1870ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 646m (2119ft)
Easter Howgate, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland
Distance 12.70km
Duration ~4:30h
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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Buses from Edinburgh to Carlops. Just beyond the church, take the track leading up to the reservoir.
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Cross Fairliehope Burn and keep on the track.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
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Walk past the reservoir and head up Spittal Hill.
About 1.19 km (~0.74 miles) from
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First summit of the day is Spittal Hill.
About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
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Continue over Green Law, sticking to the high ground.
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Next you reach West Kip, and its near neighbour East Kip.
About 1.52 km (~0.94 miles) from
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This is the high point of the walk.
About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
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The path takes you to Carnethy Hill, with its half-ruined cairn.
About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
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Drop down to Turnhouse Hill, overlooking the reservoir.
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
About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from

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