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This page was created in connection with the Guardian’s Cycling Week.
The map below shows a suggested city centre route visiting the Old and New Towns. (Route details)
More suggestions at http://edinburghpaths.info
Cycling is booming in Edinburgh. This site has some of the details.
cycling-edinburgh.org.uk for all sorts of organised bike rides in and around Edinburgh
Some key routes, details at http://edinburghpaths.info
Water of Leith Walkway
Lovely sylvan route from Balerno (joins Union Canal at Slateford). Not lit, can be muddy. Quite steep for a former railway line. Bypasses Colinton in an old tunnel. Continues in sections all the way to Leith.
North Edinburgh Path Network
Extensive network of off-road routes, mostly on old railway lines. Many access points. Main section goes from Haymarket Station to Leith in a long reasonably flat L shape.
First section known as the Roseburn corridor goes to Crewe Toll. There is branch to Davidson’s Mains with reasonably quiet on-road routes to the Forth shore at Silverknowes (then along the Esplanade to Cramond or Cramond Brig (en route to South Queensferry – see here) The latter is a Sustrans route, as is the Balerno to Tollcross one and the Innocent.
From Crewe toll the route is parallel to Ferry Road all the way to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre. On the way you will pass Five Ways Junction where you could turn north to Granton or South to Broughton Road (Tesco’s) or Powderhall.
All the way in from the coast at Joppa (though the first section to Brunstane Station is a bit rough). The ‘best bit’ is the slightly steep slog through the tunnel towards the Engine Shed Cafe The route continues steeply down to Dumbiedykes and on to the Scottish Parliament.