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

Upgrading the Water of Leith Walkway/National Cycle Network Route 75 between the Union Canal at Lanark Road and Bridge Road, Balerno has started.  

From the 1st August for 10 days the walkway will be closed from West Mill Road to Spylaw Park – CLICK HERE to download the local diversion – this is to allow for ducting to be laid for future light and for the resurfacing to bind properly.

The total project due to take around 16 weeks, further path closures will be necessary during the works and these will be signed appropriately. The works are being funded by Sustrans and the Transport for Scotland. The project will be delivered by Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council.

Colinton Dell Bridges (not on the main walkway route)

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…

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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