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About this book
About this book
The Pentland Hills are a popular, easily accessible upland range located to the southwest of Edinburgh. As a destination for hillwalkers, cyclists and those wishing to enjoy the outdoors, the Pentlands are well known to those from Edinburgh and the Lothians. They are perhaps less visited or overlooked by those from further afield. Once discovered and explored, this hill range offers the visitor a variety of experiences from an undulating ridge walk to a stroll beside the quiet waters of a reservoir. This diversity of landscape and landform is reflected in the rich natural and cultural heritage found throughout the hills. Uncover the fascinating archaeology of the hills, discover their hidden wildlife and how they inspired the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, and unfold the best views all in the knowledgeable and enthusiastic company of a Countryside Ranger. It includes 30 selected walks for all to enjoy. The author is a Countryside Ranger for the Pentland Hills Ranger Service.
Introduction Approaches and Accommodation Choosing a Walk Access Rights and Responsibilities Weather Equipment Following a Route Geology and Landscape Cultural Heritage Place Names and Dialect Words Old Maps Previous Pentlands Guidebooks Literary Connections with the Pentland Hills Protecting and Enjoying the Hills Wildlife THE WALK Walk 1 A Capital View Walk 2 In Stevenson's Footsteps Walk 3 Hill, Moor and Wood Walk 4 Three Reservoirs Walk 5 A Phantom Walk Walk 6 Harlaw Reservoir Circuit Walk 7 Black Hill, Green Cleuch and Red Moss Walk 8 Carnethy and Turnhouse Walk 9 Three Peaks Walk 10 Pentland Classic Walk 11 Thieves' Road Walk 12 West Linton and Siller Holes Walk 13 Roman Road Walk 14 Covenanters and Cairns Walk 15 Walking with Wolves Walk 16 Poets and Witches Walk 17 North Esk Valley Walk 18 The Monks' Road Walk 19 The Four Tops Walk 20 The Carnethy 5 Walk 21 Carnethy Canter Walk 22 History in the Hills Walk 23 Flotterstone and Fala Knowe Walk 24 Two Cleuchs Walk 25 Pentland Tops Walk 26 Historical Hike Walk 27 Exploring Caerketton Walk 28 Find Your Way Walk 29 Reservoir Round Walk 30 Robin's Round Appendix 1: Route Summary Table Appendix 2: Bibliography Appendix 3: Glossary
Susan Falconer began walking in the Pentlands in her early teens. After graduating from St Andrews University she began a management career in the Health Service in London, and later became Senior Tutor in ecology and geography for the Field Studies Council in Epping Forest. Despite being far from her native country she returned regularly to walk and cycle in Scotland. Susan returned to Scotland to take up the post of Countryside Education Officer for the Scottish Agricultural College before becoming a Countryside Ranger with the Pentland Hills Ranger Service in 1995. This is her first guidebook.
Walking / Outdoor Guide
'The gentle rolling, grass and heather clad, Pentland Hills form a familiar backdrop to the City of Edinburgh. The northern part of the range is a Regional Park, with a ranger service.The author, who began walking in the area during her early teens became a countryside ranger in 1995. In this, her first guidebook, she describes 30 walks, with routes clearly illustrated on OS maps. All are easily accessible from Edinburgh and some can be adapted, or linked, to create longer walks.'(Strider / August 2007)Check out the review on the following websiteUndiscoveredscotland.com