Midlothian has really been put on the map with the opening of the Borders rail line, formerly known as the Waverley line, connecting Edinburgh and Midlothian to the Borders.
The railway crosses the former Edinburgh to Peebles railway line near Eskbank Station, now a walking and cycling route number 196 in the National Cycle Network.
The former railway, passing through Bonnyrigg, Rosewell and Penicuik, is now a bustling nine mile walking and cycling route used by thousands of active travellers of all ages and abilities.
This traffic free path enables people – of all ages and abilities - to walk or cycle and take in some fresh air on the way to visit friends, pick up shopping, and go to work or even train for their next fitness challenge.
The Midlothian ‘Greenway’ or National Route 196 - as known by cyclists - is a rapidly developing corridor for wildlife to inhabit, providing food, shelter and giving us the pleasure of connecting with nature as we go by.
Midlothian Council Ranger Service manages this link and, alongside Sustrans, volunteers and the local rangers are working in partnership in the Greener Greenways project to make improvements which keep our birds, bees and beasties happy and healthy along the way.
The Greener Greenways Project plans include establishing wildflower meadows at Rosewell and St Cyr Park, planting orchard trees near Dalhousie and conserving the pond at Valleyfield in Penicuik. Part of the process will also be to remove any tough invasive species like Japanese knotweed in the natural habitat.