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.

Path Closure Information

Coalie Park near Leith from 25th Nov for 25 weeks 

A project to upgrade the park gets underway, meaning the walkway and NCN 75 will be closed at Coalie Park. A diversion will be in place locally. 

CLICK ON ME to download a map of the diversion. 

Visit to find out more about the project.

Dells Path – east bank (not on the main walkway route)

In Colinton / Craiglockhart Dell, just upstream of the Visitor Centre, there is a closed section of path on the east bank after Bogs Bridge. The bridges at Kates Mill and Redhall Mill are now Open. The access to Dell Road remains closed due to a landslide but again not affecting main route.5

Buy a Walkway Map

This is a printed map which will be posted to you so please select the correct option for UK or International Postage 

Featured Events

Sun 24th Mar

The Dells in Spring – Hands on Guided Walk for adults

Springtime exploration focusing on tree identification and spotting signs of spring
1.30pm to 3.30pm
£7 per adult (members free use promo code)

Thu 4th Apr

Spring Discover Session – Kids Event

Hands on fun by the Water of Leith
1.30pm to 3.30pm
£7 per child accompanying adult free

Sun 7th Apr

Wild Welly Walk Family Fun Day

A Family Fun Day aimed at 3 to 6 year olds, follow the trail to discover who is living in the woods and river in springtime.
£4 per person

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