The Walkway

The walkway is a delightful stroll away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, and ideal for families.

The walkway passes many areas of interest including: Colinton Village, Craiglockhart Dell, the Union Canal, Saughton Gardens, Murrayfield Stadium, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, the Royal Botanic Garden and Leith. 

The route is suitable for cycling and is partly accessible by wheelchairs and on horseback. You can also see amazing works of art such as The Colinton Tunnel and 6 Times by Anthony Gormley.

You can listen to a commentary of the route along the walkway while you walk by connecting to our Audio Trail

The Water of Leith Walkway was completed in 2002 by courtesy of Millennium Project funding.  It is managed by The City of Edinburgh Council Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries Department who also manage many of the parks and greenspaces along the 13 mile route.

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.  

Alternatively, you can download a basic pdf map of the route – here.

The following is a rough guide to mileage along the walkway:  Balerno to Slateford is 5 miles – 2 hours, Slateford to Leith is 7.5 miles – 3 hours,  Roseburn to Stockbridge approx 2 miles – 45 mins, Stockbridge to Leith approx 3.5 miles – 1 hour 20 mins.

Update Path Closure Information

Walkway Closures 29.11.21 for a PDF of all current issues
Sunbury Bridge to Dean Path

The section of the path between Sunbury Bridge and the steps at Dean Path has been closed due to a landslip. The Council are scheduling repairs. In the meantime, we would like to request that the public respect the closure, use an alternative route and do not put themselves at risk.

Belford Bridge.

The walkway under Belford bridge has been closed on 04/11/21 due to dangerous railings along the walkway. This links to the above issue and will necessitate a diversion which City of Edinburgh Council hope to have in place soon. Sorry for the inconvenience  – CLICK HERE to see some suggested routes


The Water of Leith Walkway between
Newhaven Road and Anderson Place is
closed following the deterioration of a
retaining wall. For your own safety please respect the closure, use an alternative route, and
do not put yourself at risk. CLICK HERE to see a suggested route or just stay on the main cycle path and do not use the route following the river.

Colinton Dell Bridges

In Colinton Dell, there are two closed bridges. The one at Redhall Mill is closed pending investigation and there is damage to a bridge on the south bank walkway. We advise walkers heading downstream to remain on the broad path until after Redhall Mill or, if heading upstream of the Visitor Centre, cross the river at Bogs Mill bridge to the north bank and continue along that side. Local signs should be in place to guide you or click here to see a basic map of the sections closed; green is the suggested route and red zig-zags are blocked sections.

Buy a Walkway Map

Buy a paper copy of the Water of Leith Walkway Map via PayPal using the buttons below.  If you are not in UK please select International Postage…

Featured Events

Mon 28th Feb


Members Evening and Talk – a journey through history celebrating bridge-building
7.30pm to 9.00pm
Free to Member - £5 non

Fri 4th Mar

Kingfisher Nature Club

2pm to 4pm
£35 for 5 week block starting on 4th March

Sun 6th Mar

Mills, Spills and Thrills – Part 2

Meeting on the Bridge on Bells Brae in Dean Village and Walking to Canonmills, Meet in the bridge at Bells Brae in Dean Village
11am to 1pm
£7 - free to members

Sun 10th Apr

Focus on Leith

Join Sandie for this tour as we ‘Focus on Leith’. Meeting outside the Malmaison Hotel
11am to 1pm
£7 - free to members

Paths for Everyone - Code of Conduct

Our city is great for walking and cycling with its network of off-road paths across the city. 
These paths are for everyone. Whether you’re, out for a stroll, heading to work, off for a run, walking the dog, going for a bike ride, out for the day with the kids.
We would like everyone to be able to use the paths in safety and comfort. Please follow this simple code of conduct.

Paths for Everyone is an initiative created by sustrans in their vision of a National Cycle Network and is an initiative supported by Edinburgh Council