The Pentland Hills lie to the South-West of Edinburgh and offer many enjoyable routes for the walker.
Walking in the Pentland Hills by outdoor publishing firm Cicerone offers 30 circular routes for you to explore.
The Pentland Hill range stretches 20 miles from Edinburgh towards Biggar and forms the core of the Pentland Hills Regional Park. The area is a popular location for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders and is one of the busiest regional parks in Scotland.
A walker’s collection
Susan Falconer, the author of this guidebook, has collected together 30 walks that capture the best views and areas of interest found across the hill range. Susan previously worked as a Countryside Ranger within the park in the mid-90’s and the knowledge she gained during that period shines out throughout the guide.
The book begins with an well written introduction to the hills and includes a summary of what you can expect to see in terms of wildlife, an overview of the cultural history of the surrounding area and what you equipment you will need to bring with you to best enjoy your walk.
The walking routes
The walking routes that have been selected for the guide are suitable for most abilities and range from short strolls (2 miles) to longer more challenging routes (17 miles).
As with many Cicerone guidebooks, the author starts each route with a breakdown of the distance, ascent, time, the OS maps that you will need and the grid reference for the starting point.
There are also 1:50000 Ordnance Survey map extracts marked with the route and waypoints for quick reference. These extracts are a useful reference but a map and compass is a must when venturing out on to these hills especially on the longer routes.
The author describes each route very clearly in a very easy to understand style allowing even novice walkers to follow the route from start to finish without issue. There are nice little asides throughout the description pointing out things you can stop and enjoy in the area you are passing through.
Photographs of key locations accompany each route giving the walker some idea of what views await them along the way. These are a great way of encouraging people to get out and explore a walking route.
Both Susan Falconer and Cicerone have produced a excellent resource for walkers wanting to explore the Pentland Hill range. The 30 walking routes that have been included within the guide have been well researched allowing the guide to offer something for every walker. A great guide to the area.