Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk
This shared cycling and walking trail runs from Penicuik to Dalkeith along a dismantled railway line. The Penicuik line opened in 1872 and closed in 1967. It's now a pleasant leisure route taking you through some of Midlothian’s historic villages. Along the way there's lovely country views and lots of flora and fauna to look out for.
The route starts in Penicuik on the River North Esk. You then follow the waymarked trail north along the eastern side of the town. The trail then turns east to take you past Old Woodhouselee Castle and Roslin Glen Country Park. The pretty park includes wooded glens, the ruined Roslin Castle and views of the rushing River North Esk.
After passing through the park you continue north east past Bonnyrigg and Lasswade before coming into Dalkeith.
Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk Pubs/Cafes
There's a nice cafe in Dalkeith Country Park where you can enjoy refreshments after your exercise. Also nearby is The Mercat Grill. They do very good food and also have a superb garden area with tables and chairs for alfresco dining. You can find the bar at 10 Whitecraig Rd, Whitecraig with a postcode of EH21 8PG for your sat navs.
Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk Dog Walking
The path makes for a nice dog walk, though it's best to keep them on leads because of the cyclists. The Mercat Grill mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The route finishes near the lovely Dalkeith Country Park. There's some nice waymarked walking trails here running through ancient oak woodland and along the River Esk. Just to the east of the park you can pick up the Pencaitland Railway Walk. The trail runs along a dismantled railway and is suitable for both walkers and cyclists. Similarly the Haddington to Longniddry Railway Walk runs between the two East Lothian towns for a distance of about 5 miles. Near here you'll also find the Gosford Estate where there's some nice trails to follow around the grounds of grand mansion.
Just to the north of the start point you can visit the pretty Glencorse Reservoir on the Flotterstone to Glencorse Reservoir Walk.
For more walks in the area see the Edinburgh Walks page.