From South Queensferry to the city you're largely using estate tracks, quiet pavements, paths and the Union Canal towpath. Cyclists should note that there is a large, but negotiable, flight of steps, where the Water of Leith walkway joins the Union Canal. A wooden ramp at the side of the steps helps with pushing bikes up and down. Alternatively, cyclists heading east may wish to follow the signed diversion to avoid pushing bikes up the ramp. From the canal basin there are some Edinburgh streets to negotiate before you reach the sanctuary of the meadows.
Public toilets can be found at Hawes Pier, South Queensferry High Street and Cramond village.
Key things to note about this route section.
Saughton Park diversion
A short diversion is in place due to the redevelopment restoration of Saughton Park in Edinburgh. Large areas of the park are closed during construction work which is expected to run from August 2017 until July 2018.
The main east-west path through the park, which is part of the Water of Leith walkway and John Muir Way, is currently closed to allow major works to the path. Diversions have been put in place for pedestrians and cyclists via Stevenson Drive and Balgreen Road.
For updates on the progress of the park redevelopment and related diversions, see