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A circuit of Eight mile burn

Date walked: 29/06/2024

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 8.8km

Ascent: 375m

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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
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=112368
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After crossing the Red Road, the tracks dips down to cross the burn , and then climbs towards the obvious wood on the other side
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Looking up the valley: I found a large fresh mushroom here :D
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A zoomed view - Black Hill South on the R
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Looking back to the track from Silverburn
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The track passes under the wood
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At the end of the wood I made a short ascent L to another track
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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
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Two views looking back down the track
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A fine stand of Scots Pine at the top ofthe slope
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On up the track - East Kip at the back
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And back down
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The Farmhouse at Westside is beautifully screened by the trees
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A lovely mature sycamore
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Over a stile the track continues below another wood
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Looking back again
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Near the top
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A wide angle view down the centre of the valley
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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 .
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From West Kip the Pentland Way path leads on over East Kip to Scald Law and Carnethy hill
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From the summit, the upper valley and Eastside farm
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A wider view - the paths returning down the East side of the valley
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From East Kip the "Muirburn" scarred top of Black hill[ and Loganlee and Glencorse reservoirs
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Black hill again with Threipmuir reservoir and the Forth in the distance
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Three views looking down from East Kip
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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
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Looking back up
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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:
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and soon levels out. Looking back to the descent path: the ways across the valley head come out above the clump of trees
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Looking on to the Pines woods beyond
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A zoomed view
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the track passes beneath two lovely gnarled Larches
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And then two pines - neither of the photos really do them justice
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A wide track heads up to the L
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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
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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
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But I couldn't resist this patch of wild thyme beside the track

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Member: FRCC, John Muir Trust, Woodland Trust, Border Forest Trust
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Ideal day out: remote mountain where i'm unlikely to meet many people

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2024

Trips: 1
Distance: 8.8 km
Ascent: 375m

2023

Trips: 2
Distance: 7.5 km

2022

Trips: 9
Distance: 82.6 km
Ascent: 3843m
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 5

2021

Trips: 5
Distance: 50.8 km
Ascent: 3305m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2020

Trips: 9
Distance: 80.2 km
Ascent: 3536m
Munros: 1
Fionas: 2

2019

Trips: 10
Distance: 91.8 km
Ascent: 7166m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 4

2018

Trips: 11
Distance: 39.3 km
Ascent: 2088m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Fionas: 1

2017

Trips: 13
Distance: 39.75 km
Ascent: 3366m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2

2016

Trips: 15
Distance: 210.95 km
Ascent: 11849m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 8
Fionas: 5

2015

Trips: 21
Distance: 143.9 km
Ascent: 10590m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 7
Fionas: 8
Donalds: 1

2014

Trips: 6
Distance: 80.6 km
Ascent: 5180m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 6
Fionas: 1

2013

Trips: 5
Distance: 42.9 km
Ascent: 3887m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 2
Fionas: 2

2012

Trips: 1

2011

Trips: 4
Distance: 32 km
Ascent: 2397m
Corbetts: 1

2010

Trips: 8

2009

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2008

Trips: 5

2007

Trips: 2

2006

Trips: 5
Ascent: 3900m

2005

Trips: 3

2004

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2003

Trips: 13
Distance: 107 km
Ascent: 2586m

2002

Trips: 11

2001

Trips: 8

2000

Trips: 8

1999

Trips: 4
Distance: 35.7 km
Ascent: 1768m
Munros: 2

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 1760m
Munros: 4

1997

Trips: 2
Distance: 41.35 km
Ascent: 3622m
Munros: 7

1996

Trips: 1
Distance: 70 km
Ascent: 3700m
Munros: 8

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2548m
Munros: 3

1994

Trips: 3
Distance: 43.1 km
Ascent: 3739m
Munros: 7

1993

Trips: 2
Distance: 47.5 km
Ascent: 3050m
Munros: 4

1991

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1990

Trips: 2
Distance: 16.5 km
Ascent: 1108m
Munros: 4

1989

Trips: 3
Distance: 48.5 km
Ascent: 3780m
Munros: 9

1986

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1972

Trips: 1
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 1230m
Munros: 1

1969

Trips: 1
Distance: 7.3 km
Ascent: 962m
Corbetts: 1

1967

Trips: 1

1966

Trips: 1

1960

Trips: 1
Munros: 3


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