Mortonhall - Braid Hills - Howden Hall Circular

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The walk begins on the main A701 Howden Hall Road near the crossroads at Kaimes. A footpath leads south for a few yards into the Mortonhall housing estate but the route then almost immediately follows another tarred footpath that runs between the backs of the houses and the fence along the trees at the southern edge of Mortonhall Crematorium. About 100 yards beyond the end of the tarred path, the route goes past a wooden kissing-gate, through some trees, over a culvert and across grazing land to reach the access road to Mortonhall Caravan and Camping Park about 170 yards beyond the entrance to Klondike Garden Centre. After about 400 yards along the side of the tarred road, the route passes the entrance to the campsite and then turns to the left in front of the old stable block, now the Stables Bar and Restaurant, to pass along a hedge-lined, grassy track in front of Mortonhall itself.

The route then follows a gravel track that runs slowly uphill through trees past the entrance to a walled garden, now grassed over, and along between the trees and the garden wall. Just round the back of the walled garden, the route turns off the track and runs up a narrow path through woodland to join another track near a fingerpost. The walk then follows this track north-west for about a mile, through trees between another housing estate and Mortonhall Golf Course, to reach a road by the entrance to the clubhouse. After following the road north for about 200 yards over the crest of the hill, the route enters Braid Hills and climbs up to the trig point near the summit. Here there are impressive views over Edinburgh and the Forth Valley to the north, up the coast and across to the Pentlad and Moorfoot Hills to the south-west and south-east, respectively.

Passing by two transmission towers at the summit, the route then runs gently downhill along the Braid Hills Trail between the Braid Hills and Mortonhall Golf Courses for almost a mile to reach a minor road. It then follows this road south for about a quarter of a mile, beyond the end of the tarred surface onto a gravel track and over a low crest to reach the north side of Mortonhall's campsite. Here it turns east along the gravel track towards Alnwickhill. Just after passing through another gate and by the play area at Seven Acres Park, the route turns into the southern section of the park, which it crosses to enter Howden Hall Estate. The walk then uses a series of off-road footpaths and roadside pavements to reach its end near the bus stops on Howden Hall Road.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Edinburgh - Town or city


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Public Transport, Restaurant, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland

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