This guidebook describes 30 circular walks in Scotland's Pentland Hills, a range of low summits which extends between Edinburgh and Biggar in South Lanarkshire. Ranging from 3 to 27km (2-17 miles), there is something to suit all abilities from the novice to the experienced hill-walker, with each route showcasing a different aspect of the area's unique character. Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping and a wealth of interesting information on the region's rich natural and cultural heritage: its geology, history, wildlife and connections with literary greats such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Local place names are explained, local folklore explored and there is a helpful glossary of dialect terms. The Pentland Hills can be enjoyed in all seasons. Although the highest summit, Scald Law, stands at 579m, stunning vistas belie their modest elevation: this is a region of grass and heather-clad slopes which rise above picturesque valleys hiding streams and reservoirs. Walking in the Pentland Hills is an ideal companion to discovering great walking on Scotland's most accessible hills.
Susan Falconer began walking in the Pentlands in her early teens. After graduating with a degree in geography from St Andrews University she began a management career in the Health Service in London. Despite being far from her native country she returned regularly to walk and cycle in Scotland. She trained as a teacher and became Senior Tutor in ecology and geography for the Field Studies Council in Epping Forest. Susan returned to Scotland to take up the post of Countryside Education Officer for the Scottish Agricultural College before becoming a Countryside Ranger with the Pentland Hills Ranger Service in 1995. She enjoys hill walking, cycling and wildlife and contributes articles to the Pentland Beacon and other publications.
Introduction Approaches and Accommodation Choosing a Walk Access Rights and Responsibilities Weather Equipment Following a Route Geology and Landscape Cultural Heritage Place Names and Dialect Words Old Maps Previous Pentlands Guidebooks Literary Connections with the Pentland Hills Protecting and Enjoying the Hills Wildlife THE WALKS Walk 1 A Capital View Walk 2 In Stevenson's Footsteps Walk 3 Hill, Moor and Wood Walk 4 Three Reservoirs Walk 5 A Phantom Walk Walk 6 Harlaw Reservoir Circuit Walk 7 Black Hill, Green Cleuch and Red Moss Walk 8 Carnethy and Turnhouse Walk 9 Three Peaks Walk 10 Pentland Classic Walk 11 Thieves' Road Walk 12 West Linton and Siller Holes Walk 13 Roman Road Walk 14 Covenanters and Cairns Walk 15 Walking with Wolves Walk 16 Poets and Witches Walk 17 North Esk Valley Walk 18 The Monks' Road Walk 19 The Four Tops Walk 20 The Carnethy 5 Walk 21 Carnethy Canter Walk 22 History in the Hills Walk 23 Flotterstone and Fala Knowe Walk 24 Two Cleuchs Walk 25 Pentland Tops Walk 26 Historical Hike Walk 27 Exploring Caerketton Walk 28 Find Your Way Walk 29 Reservoir Round Walk 30 Robin's Round Appendix 1: Route Summary Table Appendix 2: Bibliography Appendix 3: Glossary