A new diversion was opened and signposted around Hardengreen, near Dalkeith, to accommodate work on the Borders Railway, several months ago. While not ideal as a cycle route, it provides a temporary solution while a new permanent route is planned and built.
For cyclists travelling NORTH on National Cycle Routes 1 (Coast & Castles) and 196, the route is:
- cross the bridge over the A7 trunk road and turn right in front of K&I Coachworks. Almost immediately, turn left along a new, temporary path and following signs past Edinburgh College to Dalhousie Road. (If you find yourself unexpectedly at Tesco, you have taken a wrong turn – return the way you came and head NE past the college). At Dalhousie Road, turn left and follow the road until you reach the Justinlees Inn on your right. (Note that this road can be busy). Turn right, passing the pub on your left, through the pub car park (dismounting to walk through it) and then right on to Newbattle Road (B703). Go downhill to the first set of traffic lights, where you find signposts taking you through ornamental gates into a modern housing development. You have now rejoined the main route.
For cyclists travelling SOUTH, as you exit the modern housing development on to Newbattle Road at traffic lights, turn right up the hill and, at the Justinlees Inn, take the first exit at the roundabout – Dalhousie Road. Note that this road can be busy. In approx 0.5 miles, just before a Toucan crossing that is not yet in service, turn right into Hardengreen Business Park and immediately left and then right to join the cycle path that runs alongside Edinburgh College. Follow the signs for cycle routes 1 and 196 and join a temporary path, emerging near K&I Coachworks. (If you arrive unexpectedly at Tesco, you have missed a left turn – go back and have another look; you want to be heading south). At the coachworks, look (perhaps between parked vehicles) for the cycleway crossing the busy A7 trunk road by a bridge; you have now rejoined the main cycle route.
Click on the map below to see the current alignment of the National Cycle Network through Eskbank and Dalkeith:
For a PDF version please click here – National Cycle Network – Eskbank and Dalkeith