Friday, 14 June 2013

Penicuik to Dalkeith via the old railway line

Last weekend Crafty Green Boyfriend and I discovered the lovely walkway from Penicuik to Dalkeith that goes along an old railway line. Here are some of the highlights:

The path passes by the Woodland Trust owned Beeslack Woods so we had a detour round these pretty woods.

These ponds (above) are being restored in the woods, while the fungi below look unseasonally autumnal!.

we heard yellowhammers calling at this part of the walk.

the hawthorn bushes were in full bloom, we particularly liked this one with its blooms which are much more pinkish than usual.

we heard skylarks singing above these fields between Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith (a stretch of the walk that is otherwise very built up). Hopefully these fields won't be eaten up by the expansion og Bonnyrigg and will remain a pleasant green space for wildlife.

the signposts for the route are very poor at the Dalkeith end of the walk as there are diversions due to a new railway line being built! We're not sure whether this woodland was officially part of the route but it's very pretty anyway.

The walk is 9 miles in length (and most confusingly the signposts alternated between miles and kilometres!) so we were ready for lunch when we arrived in Dalkeith! 

Inspired by all these Spring flowers, I've just added another beaded bookmark to my Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop, this one has a forget-me-not flower charm on one end!

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eileeninmd said...

What a pretty place for a walk. Seeing the flowers and hearing the sounds of the birds would be a perfect day for me. Lovely photos. Happy weekend to you!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow what a lovely walkway to discover!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos as usual Juliet! You shoud pass some of this on to - they are always looking for stories and photos from people who have enjoyed their local woods :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

These old railway line smake brilliant walkways don't they? We have a few round us and they are havens for wildlife.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful area!

Ms Sparrow said...

That would be confusing to have both miles and kilometers alternating. The kilometers would be meaningless to me!

speedyrabbit said...

beautiful walk!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Rails to Trails are very popular in the States too. Some are made - at least parts - to be wheelchair usable, which makes them extra nice. That is a pretty one.

(How did you get back? Return train? - hee hee)