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 may wish to follow the signed short cycle braid to avoid 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. Most of the work is now complete, including new routes through the park for the John Muir Way and Water of Leith Walkway. There is still one short diversion around a construction compound at the Fords Road entrance – follow John Muir Way signage on the ground. The full new route is expected to be open by April 2019.