Roslin Glen Adventure

Route: Roslin Glen and Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Date walked: 16/04/2015

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 5.25km

Decided to do this walk on a beautiful afternoon to get the kids out of the house during the Easter holidays.

We tagged on an extra bit to take in the short walk through Hewan wood and up to Maiden Castle. (To do this, follow the directions as far as the North Esk. There is an information sign here showing the route up to the castle). There is a bit of a scramble up hill then back down to the river again. Much fun was had here clambering on a tree that had fallen right across the river. The path then climbs high above the river - take care as it is on the edge and there is no fence. Follow the path round to another information sign for Hewan Castle (now just a couple of grassy mounds - you have to use you imagination!) and vertiginous views down to a weir on the river, and across to the village of Rosewell. The path circles back to the gate by the river mentioned in the directions.

Continuing the walk, you climb high above the river again, with some fantastic views. The directions (stage 4) warn to stay on the upper path. This is sound advice, as the slightly lower path ends abruptly in a cliff dropping to rocks next to the river far below. Have a cautious look over if you're brave - it's quite a sight - but keep a tight reign on any kids/dogs you have with you!

Immediately after this, just past the broken fence and style, there has been a landslide with trees blocking the path. There is a sign saying the path has closed. Not to be deterred, we decided to climb up and around it. There is a small path upwards that can be followed, but when we went it took us into a very boggy part, which we had some difficulty navigating and got very muddy. Better to head right up to the metal fence adjoining the farmer's field, and follow this onward until you get to the wall. Passing along the wall on the river side, you soon get to the yew trees mentioned in stage 4.

From here it pretty plain sailing to the castle. Board-walks and steps have been added to get over the muddier bits. Have a look over the castle wall above the arch you come through if you still have a head for heights. Again, take care, as the wall is very low on your side, but very high on the other!

From there it's a short walk back to the chapel. All in all a very enjoyable way to spend a nice afternoon. If driving, remember to take note of the time they shut the car park gates before starting the walk.

NOTE: This walk report follows the original Walkhighlands' walk in Roslin Glen which was blocked by a landslide; the route described on Walkhighlands now describes a new, alternative route.

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