GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk

8 miles (12.8 km)

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 where you can explore Dalkeith Country Park.

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


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.

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.
At Roslin you could take a detour to visit the noteworthy Rosslyn Chapel. There's some stunning architecture at the 15th century site which includes some pleasant trails through a wooded glen to the ruins of Roslin Castle. The chapel became famous when it was featured in Dan Brown's the Da Vinci Code.
For more walks in the area see the Edinburgh Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Eskbridge geograph-3876059-by-Ben-Brooksbank

View northward, towards Bonnyrigg and Edinburgh: ex-NBR (Edinburgh - Millerhill) Hardengreen Junction - Bonnyrigg - Penicuick branch. The station was closed to passengers 22/9/30, but the Penicuick branch had a passenger service until 10/9/51 and was not closed finally until 27/3/67.

Firth viaduct near Auchendinny - - 917038

Firth viaduct near Auchendinny. This 10 arch viaduct carried the Penicuik Branch of the North British Railway until the line closed in 1967. The viaduct is 66 feet high and each arch spans 35 feet. The viaduct now carries the Penicuik-Dalkeith walkway.

Tunnel under Harpers Brae, Penicuik - - 913330

Tunnel under Harpers Brae, Penicuik. Once used by trains on the Penicuik-Rosewell branch of the North British Railway. Now takes the Penicuik-Dalkeith walkway under the road.

Footbridge across the Dean Burn - - 1398777

Footbridge across the Dean Burn This footbridge takes the footpath that runs west from the Penicuik Dalkeith Walkway along the Dean Burn in Lady Wood, Penicuik across the burn to give access to the Ladywood estate.

New housing on an old industrial estate at Eskmills, Penicuik - - 913285

New housing on an old industrial estate at Eskmills, Penicuik. These flats and houses have been built next to the North Esk river on the site of the old Eskmills paper mill. Seen from the bridge carrying the Penicuik-Dalkeith Walkway over the river along the line of the old Penicuik-Rosewell railway.

Retaining wall by old railway track - - 913295

Retaining wall by old railway track. The wall is against the bank on the opposite side of the track bed of the erstwhile Penicuik-Rosewell railway to the North Esk river. The track now forms part of the Penicuik-Dalkeith Walkway.

New Housing at Valleyfield - - 929905

New Housing at Valleyfield. This new Housing is on the site of Penicuik Railway Station and Valleyfield Paper Mill. The station closed in 1966. The mill operated from 1809-1996, being owned and operated by successive generations of the Cowan family from 1779. The site was cleared in 2004.

Bridge to Firth House - - 1199440

Bridge to Firth House. A bridge over the North Esk linking Firth House to Old Woodhouselee. Viewed from the railway path.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Penicuik to Dalkeith Railway Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)