The Pentland Hills are a popular, easily accessible upland range running south west for nearly 20 miles from the Edinburgh bypass. They are well known to hillwalkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts from Edinburgh and the Lothians, but are perhaps less visited by those from further afield. Once discovered and explored, the Pentlands offer the visitor a variety of experiences from an undulating ridge walk to a stroll beside the quiet waters of a reservoir. This diversity of landscape is reflected in the rich natural and cultural heritage found throughout the hills.
With this excellent walker's guide you can uncover the fascinating archaeology of the Pentlands, discover their hidden wildlife and how they inspired the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, and see the best views. The area's excellent path system, interesting but not too rugged terrain, and proximity to civilisation offer a superb introduction to hill walking in Scotland.
This book contains detailed route guides, complete with mapping sourced from the Ordnance Survey, for 30 widely varied walks for walkers of all levels of fitness and experience. These range in distance from 3km to 21km; in height gained from 0m to 1210m; and in time taken from 45min to 7hrs15min. Coupled with their geographic spread, with access points on both flanks of the range, this is a great way of discovering this fascinating area. And, still better, the book has been written by someone who really knows the Pentlands inside out, in all conditions, and at all times of year. Author Susan Falconer has since 1995 been a countryside ranger with the Pentland Hills Ranger Service, and her love for and intimate knowledge of these hills is obvious throughout this book.