This walk is part of the trek Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.
Linear from Cramond Brig to Ocean Terminal, via River Almond, Cramond, Silverknowes, Granton Point, Royston House, Granton Harbour, Primrose Bank, Newhaven, West Breakwater & Western Harbour. This is leg 5/5 of the Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From Cramond Brig in front of Miller & Carte, cross the bridge over River Almond then turn left on Dowies' Mill Lane. Continue downstream, on the right bank for 1.5 km.
(1) Bear right up School Brae. At the top, turn left along Whitehouse Road. Do not go down Cramond Glebe Road. Instead carry on a few dozen paces past the road junction, to find a path leading off to the left.
(2) Head down, towards the coast, through an old walled garden, and visit the Kirkyard and Roman Fort. Carry on down an indistinct footpath to the site of a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer homestead, and then down to Cramond village.
(3) Turn right with Cramond Foreshore on your left and promenade towards Granton.
(4) When the promenade splits, after 2 km, bear right and take the West Shore Road leading up towards the old gasworks.
(5) On the shoulder of the bend, enter the park to your left. Walk through on the landward side of the gasholder, passing water features to emerge at Waterfront Broadway. Continue Eastwards along Waterfront Ave towards Granton, passing the main entrance to the fine Royston House. Our route continues Eastward, sloping gradually down on a more Northerly bearing to W. Harbour Road.
(6) Cross directly over and proceed north along Chestnut Street. Turn right along Hesperus Crossway. Go left on reaching Heron Place, and then right around the back of flats, and so reach Granton Harbour with its pleasant views across to Western Harbour, our penultimate destination.
(7) Walk South along the quayside and Lochinvar Drive to Granton Square. Continuing in the same general Southerly direction, cross this busy roundabout and find a quiet road (not steps) heading up Granton Crescent.
(8) The tranquil streets of Granton View and Lufra Bank rise gradually and lead us Eastwards to Granton Road.
(9) Cross with care, using a pedestrian island to the right, to walk along the leafy Boswall and Primrose Bank Roads.
(10) At their end turn left down Trinity Road. Go right after the lights, past Starbank Park, noting the award- winning Basil Spence Flats in Laverockbank Terrace, to enter Newhaven.
(11) Cross over to the Harbour, walk past the Fish Market Hall and round to gain the long, gracefully-curving Western Breakwater that takes you along this man-made peninsula, past futuristic tower-block apartments, to the Old Lighthouse.
(12) Turn right and continue around the outside of the Western Harbour peninsula, with views across to our final destination of Ocean Terminal. Return inland along Western Harbour’s Eastern edge.
(13) Cut across any still-to-be-redeveloped open spaces to arrive at Asda.
(14) A route past the Flour Mill Entrance leads us to Ocean Terminal. (D/A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 62ft - Cramond Brig
1 : mi 0.92 - alt. 36ft - School Brae
2 : mi 1.15 - alt. 102ft - Old walled garden
3 : mi 2.34 - alt. 16ft - Cramond Foreshore
4 : mi 3.97 - alt. 13ft - West Shore Road
5 : mi 4.37 - alt. 69ft - Park - Gasholder
6 : mi 5.44 - alt. 30ft - Chestnut Street
7 : mi 5.88 - alt. 7ft - Lochinvar Drive to Granton Square
8 : mi 6.39 - alt. 56ft - Granton View
9 : mi 6.66 - alt. 79ft - Boswall
10 : mi 7.05 - alt. 82ft - Trinity Road
11 : mi 7.58 - alt. 36ft - Harbour
12 : mi 7.74 - alt. 13ft - Western Harbour peninsula
13 : mi 8.74 - alt. 20ft - Western Harbour’s Eastern edge
14 : mi 8.89 - alt. 26ft - Asda store
A : mi 9.69 - alt. 13ft - Ocean Terminal
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Edinburgh has a particularly long and illustrious history; so it is not surprising that many features of historical or architectural interest are encountered along the circumnavigation route.
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