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Lockdown wanderings - Braid Hills and Blackford Hill

Date walked: 11/04/2020

Distance: 10.5km

Ascent: 300m

We are fortunate, as city dwellers, to have access to a decent slice of countryside on the south side of town. This area is criss-crossed by a dense network of paths, which makes for a lot of possible variations on a theme, especially while the golf courses are not in use.

To begin, we head south along Mayfield Road and the start of Liberton Brae, then turn off past the Montessori School to get into the fields, where a path leads up to the 15th-century Liberton Tower.

Blackford Hill and the Royal Observatory
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Across the fields to Liberton Tower
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A closer view of Liberton Tower
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The views really open out here:

Craigmillar Castle, East Lothian coast and North Berwick Law
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King's Buildings campus, Salisbury Crags and Arthur's seat
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Edinburgh Castle, Bishop Hill and West Lomond
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Next the Tower there is a field with an interesting collection of animals, including some inquisitive goats:

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and some more aloof llamas:

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Now we cross Braid Hills Drive and take the track alongside the Golf Course, heading for Mortonhall Caravan site.

Meadowhead Farm
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East Lothian
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Few-flowered garlic (or Few-flowered Leek) - a pretty but invasive species that carpets a lot of the woodland hereabouts
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Tuberous comfrey (I think)
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The caravan site is in the former grounds of the very grand Mortonhall House. We follow the drive and then turn right onto a path across the fields, and then path and tracks through the woods on the edge of Fairmilehead and Buckstone.

Mortonhall House
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Next we cross Mortonhall golf course, where a heron is making short work of the frog population in the Elf Loch.

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Superb display of gorse on the south side of Braid Hills
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A short climb leads to the trig point on Braid Hills, the best viewpoint on the walk.

Caerketton and Allermuir Hills
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Across the city and the forth to the Lomond Hills. If you look very closely, you can pick out Beinn a' Ghlo on the far left horizon, behind the wind turbines.
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Arthur's Seat
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Ochils, Forth Bridges and Corstorphine Hill
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Now we cross Braid Hills golf course, and the derelict Hermitage course, before dropping down into Blackford Glen.

Braid Burn in Blackford Glen
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A short steep climb takes us up through the woods and out onto Blackford Hill.

A Peacock butterfly on the path
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Blackford Hill view:
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And finally we head down past the Observatory, under the riduculous archway and through the back streets to home.

Nearly home:
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jmarkb


Location: Edinburgh
Interests: Hillwalking, rock climbing, winter climbing, ski touring, photography, running(sometimes), yoga.
Activity: Mountaineer
Camera: Panasonic LX100
Munro rounds: 1
Corbett rounds: 1

Munros: 241
Corbetts: 92
Grahams: 78
Donalds: 29
Sub 2000: 41



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2020

Trips: 1
Distance: 10.5 km
Ascent: 300m

2019

Trips: 13
Distance: 157 km
Ascent: 13170m
Munros: 1

2018

Trips: 5
Distance: 39.2 km
Ascent: 4420m

2016

Trips: 1
Distance: 15.5 km
Ascent: 1000m
Munros: 1

2015

Trips: 3
Distance: 41 km
Ascent: 2975m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 2

2014

Trips: 1
Distance: 10.5 km
Ascent: 620m
Corbetts: 1

2013

Trips: 12
Distance: 210.5 km
Ascent: 13490m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2012

Trips: 13
Distance: 146.8 km
Ascent: 12560m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 1

2011

Trips: 1
Distance: 15 km
Ascent: 750m
Corbetts: 1


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