Published on : Sunday, August 20, 2017
As per latest available data, the walking market generates up to £1.26 billion to the Scottish economy. The research found that in 2015, 4 million trips by visitors from the UK included walking as an activity.
Short walks (up to two miles) and long walks (minimum of two miles) were the most popular activities. Wherever you explore in Midlothian, you are never far from the countryside and so the area is a top choice for walkers, whether long or short walks. The Pentland Hills Regional Park, for example, offers over 100km of signposted routes available across the hills and, for the less adventurous, Lord Ancrum’s Wood, at Newbattle Abbey, provides some attractive riverside walks in its woodland.
The wealth of walking opportunities across the area has been celebrated in the annual Midlothian Walking Festival. Organized by the Midlothian Ranger Service, this year’s programme included 31 events. This festival provides a great opportunity to explore the wonderful landscapes under the guidance of knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders.
Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful awarded ‘Green Flag Status’ to five parks, in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space. The five parks – Roslin Glen, Memorial Park in Loanhead, King’s Park in Dalkeiith, Springfield Mill and Vogrie Country Park – are all run by Midlothian Council and the award acknowledges the benefits which these open spaces bring to local residents and visitors alike.
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