The Esk Way Project

One of the Esk Valley Trust’s key aims is the development and promotion of a long distance path following the two arms of the river Esk from source to sea.

The Esk Valley Trust are keen to see the development of a route along the North Esk from the river source at the North Esk reservoir in the Pentlands to Waters Meet at its confluence with the South Esk.

The North Esk

The Esk Valley Trust commissioned a study to research and scope a possible route along the North Esk which was undertaken by consultant Vyv Wood-Gee and is available here in PDF format, along with accompanying maps: Carlops and Penicuik EstatePenicuik to Polton, Polton to Dalkeith Estate.

Just under 75% of the proposed North Esk Way follows existing paths and tracks which are being be signed and waymarked. Dependant on funding and land-owner agreement, further sections could be easily established.

The South Esk

The route along the South Esk and the continuation along the joint rivers to Musselburgh is being discussed with Midlothian Council. Supported with funding from the Central Scotland Green Network, Midlothian Council undertook a feasibility study of a route along the South Esk from the head of the river catchment at Gladhouse  Reservoir on the Moorfoot Hills to the mouth of the river in Musselburgh (The feasibility study map is available for download, along with a map showing existing paths).  The route between Gladhouse and Gorebridge requires further negotiations with landowners to agree an exact route and further funding to be secured.  Midlothian Council is looking to develop part of the route between Gorebridge and Dalkeith in 2015/16.


As sections of the Esk Way are finalised the The Esk Valley Trust have produced downloadable walking leaflets/maps for you to use.  Take a look at these below.