Mud and rain featured greatly in week 31 of my walking challenge.

The change in the weather was a welcome relief from the weeks of walking in the heat and humidity.

I headed South and to the Pentland Hills Regional Park and I opted for a 20km route that starts gently before getting steeper and steeper as it crosses over the hills taking in the three hill tops of Carnethy, Turnhouse and Scald Law.

I had wanted to walk this route a few weeks back but the weather was too hot for comfort and, because I am a cold climate creature, I decided to wait until the heat wave broke and I am glad I did!

The route begins and ends in a parking spot on the outskirts of Balerno near Currie. I am not going to describe the route turn by turn as I really want to encourage you to grab your map and compass and get out there and enjoy this great walk for yourselves.

This is great area to practice your map and compass navigation skills and the maps that cover the ground are the Ordnance Survey Landranger 66 or Explorer 344 maps. You can view the route on the OS Maps website at https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/704862/PENT-W10-PENTLAND-CLASSIC

The Pentland Hills offer some superb walking. Map image copyright Ordnance Survey 2018.

The Pentland Hills offer some superb walking. Map image copyright Ordnance Survey 2018.

However, if you prefer to use you gps, you can download the gpx route from the OS Maps website. This route is really for the more experienced and able walker due to the steep conditions but if you are looking for some lighter walking, the Pentlands have a lot to offer. We reviewed a book from Cicerone on the Walk Fife website which describes 30 walks of varying distances and terrains – you can read our review here.

The views over the surrounding area are truly superb and I would urge you to take a decent camera along with you to capture some of the spectacular scenery as reminder of a great walk in the Pentlands.

For the majority of my time in the hills I was alone which was nice and I think I only passed 3 people on the trail and it wasn’t until I got closer to the Loganlea Reservoir that I began to meet lots more people out for a stroll in what seems to be a popular area for those wanting a gentle walk in the countryside.

The walk took me around 6 hours to cover despite the slightly muddy conditions and I returned to the car park feeling happy that I finally managed to get out and walk this great route.

Week 31 lessons

I have walked across the Pentlands many times but never really stopped to admire the view quite as often as I did on this outing. I think that this something I sometimes miss out on as I try to reach my daily goal of miles but from now on I will remind myself to stop and enjoy my surroundings more.

Walking on…

Week 32 is going to be busy for me as I juggle work and family commitments while trying to get the miles walked. Hopefully the I will be able to take advantage of the lighter evenings and get out and walk some of the Fife Coastal Path.

If you have any questions about this challenge or anything Walk Fife related, then please drop me a email at sean@walkfife.com or direct message me through my twitter account @SDMakin.

Catch up with you again next week.

Happy Walking!

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Week 30 of Sean’s 4000 Mile Walking Challenge - Walk Fife