Braid and Blackford Hills, Edinburgh
25th February 2024
A circuit over two of Edinburgh’s Seven Hills, taking in different types of volcanic rock and a steep rocky gorge carved by glacial meltwater.
THE ROCKS: explore the remains of silica-rich lava flows and ash layers that represent a very explosive and dramatic episode in Edinburgh’s geological history. Blackford Hill is made of andesite, and the Braid Hills are made of an unusual type of igneous rock, trachyte, both formed during surface volcanic activity around 410 million years ago. These layers are part of a sequence of igneous rocks that continues into the Pentland Hills.
THE WALK: We’ll walk around Blackford Hill, through the Hermitage of Braid and climb up to the summit of Braid Hills. From there we descend back into the Hermitage and over Blackford Hill to return to the start point. and descend on the gentle eastern slope before circling back to our start point via the Hermitage of Braid. I have classified this as a moderate walk, on rough paths with climbing and some steps. It may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, waterproof clothing and something to eat and drink. Duration 3 hours, distance 8 km.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Meet at the main entrance gates on Cluny Gardens / Charterhall Road, to the east of Blackford Pond. Grid reference: NT255709| Nearest Postcode: EH10 6ED | what3words: tricky.dose.dress | Route Map.
Please note that this walk has been rescheduled from 11 February to 25 February.