Roslin and the North Esk Valley
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- Cockenzie to Aberlady
- Dalkeith Country Park
- Dryden Tower Circuit
- Dunbar cliff-top trail
- Dunbar to Dunglass
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- Hill End Trail
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- Nine Mile Burn - West Kip - Nine Mile Burn
- North Berwick Law
- North Esk Reservoir
- Pencaitland and Ormiston Community Path Network
- Penicuik to Musselburgh Cycleway
- Pentland Peaks
- River Esk
- Rosewell to Roslin Glen Circuit
- Roslin and the North Esk Valley
- Roslin Glen
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- Vogrie: Blinkbonny Circuit
This village, seven miles south of Edinburgh, was the setting for the Battle of Roslin, where a force of 8,000 Scots defeated an English army numbering about 30,000.
Distance: 8 km
Approximate time: 3 hours
Height gain: 100 m
OS Map: Explorer 344 Pentland Hills
The wonderful Roslin and North Esk Valley walk is packed with history. Local place-names such as Stinking Rig and Shinbanes Field attest to the blood spilt during the three fierce engagements on 24th February 1303 which together constituted the Battle of Roslin. The Roslin Institute, passed in the early stages of the walk, cloned poor Dolly, whilst the denouement of Dan Brown's international bestseller takes place in Rosslyn Chapel, which has stimulated an increase in 'cult' tourism.
This exquisite 15th Century chapel contains the famous 'Apprentice Pillar', plus evidence that Henry St Clair, Earl of Orkney, reached America a hundred years before Columbus. This fine river and woodland walk was apparently a favourite of Wordsworth's sister Dorothy and packs a lot of interest and variety in its five-mile length. Classified 'moderate' because of several long flights of steps, some paths will be slippery after rain, especially in the beautiful Roslin Glen, where the undulating path also needs care as it rises high above the sometimes fast-flowing River North Esk.
Park either on the main street in Roslin village or in the car park of the original Rosslyn Inn at Roslin Cross, by arrangement with the landlord. The walk starts from Roslin Cross, map ref NT 273633.
This walk is not considered suitable for dogs, because of sheep and some high stiles and narrow paths.
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