A circuit of Eight mile burn

Date walked: 29/06/2024

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 8.8km

Ascent: 375m

The South facing valley containg Eight mile burn is especially attractive at this time of the year with fields of sheep and lambs and mature trees in full foliage. The Red Road - a right of way to Balerno goes up the centre of the valley but is a hard gravelled track. I find the grassy paths up either side much more attractive, and they make a good circuit including the hills of West and East Kip- though these can be avoided.
As there is limited parking at the foot of the Red Road, I left the car at a layby on the A 702 a few hundred yards East of Silverburn, and walked up the track to the quarry and then L - as I have described before
After crossing the Red Road, the tracks dips down to cross the burn , and then climbs towards the obvious wood on the other side
Looking up the valley: I found a large fresh mushroom here :D
A zoomed view - Black Hill South on the R
Looking back to the track from Silverburn
The track passes under the wood
At the end of the wood I made a short ascent L to another track
Looking up this grassy track, which meanders at at a very amiable gradienrt :D :D to join the Red Road at the top of the valley. It is a public R.O.W. from there to Nine MIle Burn

Two views looking back down the track
A fine stand of Scots Pine at the top ofthe slope
On up the track - East Kip at the back
And back down
The Farmhouse at Westside is beautifully screened by the trees
A lovely mature sycamore
Over a stile the track continues below another wood
Looking back again
Near the top
A wide angle view down the centre of the valley
Crossing the Red road: back to the "upper "wood again
From here It is a steep 150m pull up to West Kip: to avoid it you can descend a 100 m or so down the Red Road, when "scrappy" paths lead L across the vallley head .
From West Kip the Pentland Way path leads on over East Kip to Scald Law and Carnethy hill
From the summit, the upper valley and Eastside farm
A wider view - the paths returning down the East side of the valley
From East Kip the "Muirburn" scarred top of Black hill[ and Loganlee and Glencorse reservoirs
Black hill again with Threipmuir reservoir and the Forth in the distance


Three views looking down from East Kip
After a short descent from East Kip to a col, the track down to the R is stony at the start - but soon becomes grassy :D
Looking back up
The path arrives at a clump of trees above a gate ,but the continuation is the track to the L : it's not as steep as it looks :lol:
and soon levels out. Looking back to the descent path: the ways across the valley head come out above the clump of trees
Looking on to the Pines woods beyond
A zoomed view
the track passes beneath two lovely gnarled Larches
And then two pines - neither of the photos really do them justice
A wide track heads up to the L
And Oops :shock: I wonder who put this here and why. But having said that, what a splendid place to invite three friends for dinner (evening dress of course) and served by a Butler/ Sommelier .- Wheelbarrows for the return I think:lol: :lol: :lol:
From here you can climb a short distance and traverse on to the southern slopes of Black hill south - short grass and heather so no difficulty but no track , or as I did on this occasion continue on a small path thru the bracken to the end of the woods
Looking back from the end of the woods
From here it is an easy descent through a field to the Red Road which I followed back to the A 702 - following this back through Silverburn to the car
But I couldn't resist this patch of wild thyme beside the track

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