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4 Route 4: Braid Burn link Introduction: inburgh. It makes use of some relaxed off-road This link crosses a substantial section of South Ed cycling, primarily following close to the route of the Braid Burn, and links the Innocent Cycle Path with the Pentland Hills. oads. Adults who are nervous of road traffic will The route is almost all off-road or on very small r road. Unfortunately, a couple of very busy road easily be able to walk the small sections of busier crossings make the route difficult to recommend to those with younger children. Note also that some of the very quiet roads may also occasionally carry larger vehicles (or simply an inconsiderate driver of a small vehicle) so children may need clo se supervision at these locations. The surface is often tarmac, but occasionally grave l track or slightly muddy path. Start The start of the route is from the Innocent Railway /Cycle Path at Duddingston Road West (at the edge of Craigmillar). This cycle path makes it eas y to get here – it links from Holyrood Park (to the west) or from Brunstane Station (to the east - and other paths/routes further east still). If you feel inclined then before starting the route make a shor t detour west on the Innocent Path to look down at the Braid Burn. One way or another you will be f ollowing this for much of the route. Distance & time The route is about 6.5 miles (end to end), which at an average of 7mph would take under an hour. Route: You should be near the traffic lights (signal contr olled crossing) at the Innocent Cycle Path where it d use) a tarmac path going slightly uphill past meets Duddingston Road West. From here look for (an a warehouse (southwest). Follow this path until it meets a minor road. Turn right on the road. This should be very quiet, but note that it is used by large vehicles. Go to t he road end at a much larger road (Peffermill Road). Turn left on Peffermill Road using the pavement, cr ossing at the traffic lights, and continuing to jus t before the next road on the right where you see a p ath to the right. locks, and (to begin with) travelling alongside the Take this path, passing to the right of the tower b railway. This becomes a good tarmac path through a park. Keep right at all the small junctions to . stay on the main path. It ends at Old Dalkeith Road Route 4, page 1 ©

5 Old Dalkeith Road can be difficult to cross safely here, and at busy times you may have to wait for a few minutes. The best place we found (unless you a dd a very significant detour walk on the pavement) was where you first meet it, but there is no good pavement on the opposite side. You are trying to reach the park entrance only 100m along t he road to your right. Enter the park road (Inch Park). Note that there ma y still be some traffic in the park – although it ought to be slow moving. Take a right path branch a t some railings to avoid going through the green gates. Follow the small road all the way through th e park ignoring all the small side branches and paths. ), turn left and walk to the next road on the right Leaving the park at the bigger road (Gilmerton Road (Double Hedges Road). This seems to be a quiet road , and has a 20mph limit. Follow this to the end of the road at another larger road (Kirk Brae). There is no particularly good place to cross this r oad. The best is probably immediately you reach it. Cross and turn right and walk along the pavement to the traffic light controlled junction. ry Cross this junction straight ahead into Blackford G len Road. This is a very quiet road, but it may car very occasional large vehicles. at a vehicle depot. Continue on this track (into Blackford Glen Road becomes a rough surfaced track fter roughly 500m do not cross the inviting the ‘Hermitage of Braid’ parkland/woodland area). A bridge (which would take you to steep steps) but co ntinue along the side of the burn. condition. Carry straight on past the main The path here can be muddy but is generally in good ‘Hermitage’ building. You will join a tarmac track/ driveway. Follow this to its end at a public road. traffic sometimes travels fast downhill from the This road (Braid Road) can be difficult to cross as left. Cross the road, walk right on the pavement, t hen immediately turn left at the mini roundabout. Walk or cycle (along Braidburn Terrace) to the traf fic lights. Cross straight ahead at the traffic lights and go t hrough the park gates. In Braidburn Valley Park follow the main path always keeping on the right of the burn. Follow this until it meets a road. Cross the road straight ahead, into another path, w hich now follows along to the left side of the burn, but as soon as you can cross back to the righ t side of the burn. leaving the side of the burn leave the road on a The path joins a small road, but when you see this tarmac path to stay beside the burn. Cross a road and continue beside the burn on a path . You are forced to climb a ramp to meet a road. d carry on along the right side of the burn until Look for the burn on the other side of this road an you meet a larger road (Colinton Mains Drive) at tr affic lights. Use the crossing to cross the road. Route 4, page 2 ©

6 Continue with the burn on your right for about 400m – at this point it turns sharply away from the all rectangular hut. tarmac path and you come to a path junction at a sm Here you leave the route of the Burn. The following final section of route involves a climb and some twists and turns, but results in a view of the Pent lls land Hills and a possible link onto the Pentland Hi network of off-road paths. Keep straight on along the tarmac path, climbing st eeply, until you meet a large road. Take note, particularly if you intend to return this way, that the path can be slippery. At the large road (Redford Road) use the crossing t o walk to a small path (up a few steps) only 25m or less along the road to your left. There are 7 st eps on the path, but they are easily negotiated by pushing the bike. This small path takes you onto the end of a small r oad. Follow this road a very short distance to the crossroads, turning uphill to the right on the road , then immediately right again into a cul-de-sac. G o to the end of the cul-de-sac and join the small pat h which passes to the left of the end house. turn left immediately on a narrow rough path Cross a bridge high over a road (Dreghorn Link) and beside the Dreghorn Barracks fence. After less than 100m this becomes a rough tarmac track. This tarmac track is the end of the described route (with a good view of the Pentland Hills) - BUT note the link described below... Links At the end of the route (noted above) continue foll owing the tarmac track until it turns sharply left and passes beneath the city bypass. Here, turn righ t to access the network of paths on the Pentland Hills. Use of these mostly requires a mountain bike . Even on a less rugged bike (with a couple of lifts over gates) it’s possible quite soon to re-join tar mac surfaces on fairly quiet roads in Bonaly. From Bona ly Route 75 of the National Cycle Network beside the Water of Leith, and the Union Canal (traffic-f ree) link back to the city (at Fountainbridge). About Sustrans This document was prepared for the 2014 Edinburgh F estival of Cycling by Sustrans. Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, des irable and inevitable. We’re a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public t ransport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-mak ers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper j ourneys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choice s. rans.org.uk Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sust Route 4, page 3 ©

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