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

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.

 

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

Sun 19th Sep

Dean Donder – Guided Walk

A Guided Walk around the rivers milling heartland, discover its hidden history and learn how it played its part in our city’s history
11am to 1pm
£7

Sun 3rd Oct

Coalie Park Funday

The Coalie Park Improvement Project is a campaign run by the Water of Leith Conservation Trust and ELGT which aims to deliver a transformation to this rather rundown and neglected part of the Water of Leith Walkway. At this funday we will be showcasing design proposals for the park and asking you for your thoughts and feedback. This fun event will also feature children’s’ nature activities, charity stalls, Plant Sale, and Guided Walks of the Park and Leith
1pm to 4pm
Free

Mon 4th Oct

Trust 2021 AGM via zoom

To sign up please just email [email protected] and we will send you a link – MEMBERS ONLY
7.30pm - 8.30pm
FREE for MEMBERS

Sun 17th Oct

The Slateford Saunter – Guided Walk

Discover the hidden history of the area and learn how it played its part in our city’s history
11am to 1pm
£7

Tue 19th Oct

Winter Survival Skills

Build a shelter, forage for food and learn to create fire in the toughest season of all
14:00 – 16:00
£7

Thu 21st Oct

River Life

Join us in the water for a voyage of discovery.
2pm - 4pm
£7

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

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