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The Pentland Way : a walk with history


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We are an Organisation seeking individual and corporate members who share our aspirations for the future of the Pentland Hills.

To Robert Louis Stevenson the Pentland Hills were 'The Hills of Home'. More recently they were described by Cameron McNeish as Edinburgh's lungs. Today they provide outdoor recreation for over 600,000 people every year. We wish to protect and enhance that facility for both the immediate and long term future.

Each year we organise a programme of walks and two talks. The walks are of varying length and difficulty. Some have an educational theme, e.g. birds, social history, fungi etc, while others are simply to enjoy the countryside and the company of like-minded walkers. The talks are on topics related to the Pentlands, i.e. biodiversity, history etc. We also undertake environmental projects. In recent years we have replaced a footbridge, undertaken a major way marking project, restored a wildlife pond, replaced a bird hide, planted trees, and put up bird boxes.

We enjoy the support of the Pentland Hills Regional Park and, wherever possible, we will work with them to achieve our objectives. Our area of interest, however, extends well beyond the Park's boundaries.


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The Way runs from Dunsyre to Swanston and while the book follows that route it is much more than a conventional guidebook. The author, a founder member of the Friends of the Pentlands, seeks to inform the reader about who has lived in, travelled through, or appreciated these hills and perhaps been inspired by them long before ourselves.

Andrew Thin, a former Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, in his Foreword writes that: "The author has achieved something both unusual and welcome. He describes the historical context encountered along 'The Way' at a level of detail that will fascinate and intrigue, but does so in a style that is highly accessible. There are nuggets to inspire the imagination on almost every page. Wanderings in the Pentlands, whether on foot or in an arm chair, will never be quite the same again."

The book consists of around 100 A5 pages and some 85 illustrations, almost all in colour, and contains a detachable route-finding supplement with map. It is being published in paperback by The Friends of the Pentlands and all profits from the sale of books will be used by the Friends for charitable purposes.

Paths Covered by this Publication:

32 km / 20 miles

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