How cool is that name? This was a walk back in time: the last time I’d done it was with my Father the day before my Higher Geography exam. That was 33 years ago, and I’m now 6 years older than Bertie-boy was then. That messed with my head for a bit but on a positive side, I was using the same OS map and was feeling pretty smug that I’d got my £1.40 worth out of the Ordnance Survey. Luckily the Pentlands haven’t changed that much: a few extra wind farms in the distance being the obvious change.
The walk starts in Carlops and heads up the track towards North Esk Reservoir and then follows the path to the Bore Stane where Jazz had booked lunch. This is just a little outcrop of rock set in the heather, but with a nice view over to Edinburgh. Sadly, the midges had also made a reservation and so we didn’t stay too long.
A sharp left and we start climbing the only hill on today’s walk: East Cairn Hill. This is an easy climb and the view east back along the Pentland ridge is lovely. Unsurprisingly, there is a big cairn at the top where we stopped to look over the Forth valley. However, at this point the forecast “isolated heavy shower” came to join us and wiped out the view. So we headed down in the rain to the Cauldstane Slap itself.
This is an ancient path between the hills connecting West Linton and Mid Calder. Fortunately the rain had eased as we headed south to Baddinsgill Reservoir. The track passes through the lovely woods near the house and then skirts Faw Mount to join the old Roman road and a pleasant amble back to Carlops.
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