WMB 116 Edinburgh Intermediate (Red) Route
Start/Finish Flotterstone Inn Ranger Centre
Total distance 21km (13 miles)
Time 2-3 hours
Maps OS Explorer 1:25000 map 344, Pentland Hills, Penicuik & West Linton
With some excellent singletrack, this route takes you through glens, round hills and over tops with fabulous views and challenging climbs.
From the car park, head up the Tarmac climb towards Glencorse Reservoir. Ride past Glencorse, then Loganlea until you reach The Howe. Stay on the right-hand side of the glen and continue on the trail.
As the glen twists left, you’ll see white gravel singletrack climbing diagonally. Follow this up the hill, staying right of the drystone wall. Follow the peaty trail and then continue straight on at the reservoir hut, passing round Black Hill before dropping down to Logan Cottage. Turn left here on the Tarmac road.
At the right-hand bend, turn onto the reservoir road then take the signposted trail left through the gate and up the hill. Where the trail forks, take the right turn and continue climbing, heading for the glen between Harbour and Capelaw Hill. Follow this round to the trees on your left near Bonaly Reservoir.
Stay right when the trail forks left to the reservoir. Climb across the north flank of Capelaw Hill to where the singletrack meets a wider track cutting right and back up the hill. Follow this over the shoulder and down to a stile. Cross this and climb to a fire road, then turn right. Follow this for around 0.5km to a drystone wall.
Keep a sharp eye out on your left just after the wall for the singletrack dropping back down the west flank of Castlelaw Hill. About 1km after it becomes a fire road, look for a block of trees on your right, turning right down the steep path on the treeline. At the bottom, turn left and head for the car park. A few hundred metres past Glen Cottage, a sign points down to the filter beds — follow this as an alternative route. by Matt_Skinner