Blackness to North Queensferry (approx 8 miles)

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Maps: Sheet 350: Edinburgh, Musselburgh & Queensferry.
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Start: NT050799. The Square, Blackness.
Route: Click here to view the route superimposed on GoogleEarth (GoogleEarth must be installed on your computer in order to view - click here to download GoogleEarth).

The idea for this walk came from Country Walking magazine - but their walk was a circular, starting and ending at Blackness. With a bus service only once every 2 hours, we decided that we'd turn it into a linear route, finishing somewhere with more frequent public transport. We took the frequent train service from Edinburgh to Linlithgow, then the bus to Blackness. We returned to Edinburgh by the frequent train service from North Queensferry.

The route follows clear paths, tracks and roads, passing an impressive castle, a stately home, through woodland, parkland and finally crosses the Forth Road Bridge, with impressive views of the estuary and the rail bridge. The bridge is closed on days when there are high winds, so the walk would have to end at Dalmeny railway station.
More info: Blackness Castle - from Historic Scotland;
Hopetoum House - property website;
Forth Road Bridge - Forth Estuary Transport Authority;
Forth Railway Bridge - Network Rail archive;
Forth Replacement Crossing - Transport Scotland.
Refreshments: Ice cream, sweets, etc, from Blackness Castle;
Tearoom at Hopetoun House (when open- see link above for opening times));
Pubs and cafes in South and North Queensferry.
Route profile: route profile
The path runs between a stone wall on the left and Corrie Burn on the right.
Blackness Castle From the bus stop outside the Blackness Inn, follow the road by the shore towards Blackness Castle (well worth stopping off to explore).

Immediately in front of the castle gates go through the kissing gate on the right. The path follows the castle wall and then descends to a grassy path above the beach.

near Blackness Castle Walk along the grassy path - on a clear day you should have a first view of the bridges - unfortunately the mist prevented us from seeing more than a very faint outline of them!
crossing Black Burn The path bears to the right to follow Black Burn. Where the path meets cycle track (no 76) turn left and cross the bridge pictured above.
entering Wester Shore Wood After crossing the bridge pass through gate into Wester Shore Wood.
Wester Shore Wood The clear path continues through the woods for about 1 miles.
Wester Shore Wood At a junction of tracks, turn left to follow the cycle track waymark.
Abercon Bridge
near Hopetoun House Continue ahead at next junction (following sign for Hopetoun House and South Queensferry).

Pass through a high kissing gate and continue to follow the track
near Hopetoun House with the stream still on your right.
near Hopetoun House At a T junction, turn left to follow the road.
Hopetoun House As you walk along the road look to the left to see Hopetoun House through a gap in the trees.
near Hopetoun House Turn left again at the next road junction and Follow Deer Park Road until you pass a white cottage on the left. The road turns to the left, but our route continues ahead following the
near Hopetoun House grassy track. The track leads through tall gates to
near Hopetoun House continue ahead along a surfaced road.

At the next junction turn left (again following the cycle track marker post) then
near Hopetoun House at the next turn right (unless the house is open and you wish to visit - the public drive to the house is left at this junction). As it was winter, the house wasn't open on the day of our walk).
near Hopetoun House We turned left down the private road towards Society House (though continuing straight ahead would have cut off a corner).
Society Road The road brings you back to the estuary and swings round to the right to follow the river bank.
view of Forth Bridges from Society Road There are views of the rail and road bridges, along with the construction site for the replacement crossing. Continue walking east along Society Road.
Society Road After passing the construction site entrance the road leads through a residential area. In this area it becomes Hopetoun Road.

This road emerges at a junction with the B924, almost immediately underneath the Forth Road Bridge. Cross the main B924 and follow the footpath under the bridge.
under the Forth Road Bridge Where the path meets a service road, you are directed to whichever footway is open - it was the eastern footway on the day of our walk.
the Forth Road Bridge The crossing is about 1 miles in length - this was the longest span in Europe when it was opened in 1964.
view of Forth Rail Bridge from the road bridge This footway gives splendid views of the rail bridge and North Queensferry - the western footway is likely to become increasingly interesting as construction on the new bridge progresses.
leading from Forth Road Bridge At the northern end of the bridge there are steps on the right. The steps going down lead to North Queensfserry itself. We took the steps leading up, for the shortest route to the station.
Brock Street, North Queensferry The steps lead to a path which emerges at the end of Brock Street, between a playground and a community centre building. Follow Brock Street as it winds first to the right and then to the left. You will soon see the black and white building of the railway station on the left.
North Queensferry Station We entered the station and crossed the footbridge to wait for one of the frequent trains back to Edinburgh. The photograph above is taken from the Edinburgh bound platform, looking south to the railway bridge.

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