Monday, 6 May 2019


The Threipmuir Round

The sun shone, the lark was ascendant and it felt as though spring had well and truly sprung for Biggar Ramblers on their walk in the Pentlands last week. Starting from the car park at Harlaw, near Balerno the walk got off to an easy and pleasant start alongside Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs. This was followed by a gradual ascent on good paths to Red Gate before leaving the main path to arrive on the top of Hare Hill.  A good point to stop for lunch as the 360° views took in the Pentland skyline to the south and the Forth bridges to the north. Duly refreshed, the party of 11 descended, steeply for a short while, to Green Cleugh. Here, some opted to follow a lower path above Threipmuir which returned them easily to the Harlaw visitor centre and time to spend in the delightful wildlife garden.  The remainder ascended the heather-clad slopes of Black Hill. More stunning views of Edinburgh and its surrounds were the reward. The path dropped gradually towards Dens Cleugh until the walk leader decided it would be a good idea to “cut out 2 sides of the triangle” and opted for a more, ahem, ‘direct’ descent to the glen path. A decision which proved more difficult in the implementation and for which he will take some time to be forgiven! Nevertheless, all safely reached the return path which crossed Threipmuir by way of a small dam and return to the cars. A walk that will live long in the memory for many reasons!