The Walkway

WALKWAY UPDATE 2017/18 -PATH CLOSURE INFORMATION BELOW - we regret these closures which are outwith our control

  • The section of path between Sunbury Bridge and the steps at Dean Path has been closed due to a landslip. The Council are in the process of investigating this issue. In the meantime we would like to request that public respect the closure, use an alternative route, and do not put themselves at risk.
  • Newhaven Road to Anderson Place in Bonnington due to an unsafe wall - Just stay on the cycle path
  • Work begins at Saughton Park so there is no walkway through the park but a diversion is in place around the edge of the park
  • The footbridge and ramp at Belford is closed for repair with a local diversions in place (this will open briefly over Christmas and close again in 2018 for a month or two)

click on me for a map and info about the diversions

The walkway passes through many areas of interest including: Colinton Village and Dell, the Union Canal, Saughton Winter Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, the Royal Botanic Garden and Leith. Ideal for family walks, the walkway is a delightful afternoon’s stroll, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The route is suitable for cycling and is accessible in part by wheelchairs and even by horseback.

The City of Edinburgh Council Natural Heritage Service operates on the Water of Leith which was completed in 2002 courtesy of Millennium Project funding.

Because of the nature of the Walkway winding through the heart of our city, you can choose to join it and leave it at lots of places up and down the river, linking with other paths, cycle routes, the canal and Pentland Hills . 

The route is well signposted and a walkway map is available from the Visitor Centre priced £1.00 or you can buy your detailed map now using the Paypal button below. 

As a rough guide to mileages along the walkway are: Balerno to Slateford is 5 miles - 2 hours, Slateford to Leith is 7.5miles - 3 hours,  Roseburn to Stockbridge approx 2 miles - 45mins, Stockbridge to Leith approx 3.5 miles - 1hour 20mins

You can also listen to a commentary while you walk by connecting to our Audio Trail.  

Click here to download a basic map of the route (pdf)

Buy a walkway map on-line: this is a paper map and will be posted out to you. If you are not in UK please use the drop down to select international postage

Water of Leith Map