I'm going to do more research on the trails of the Penicuik estate, smaller area than our epic but lots of potential
That'd be time well spent I reckon. I remember when we did it last year, we stopped at a bench with a cracking view out over the valley.. there was definitely some nice, loamy and pine needly track after that? And the bit before was decent too. And of course there's the steep drop where the inevitable happened to me
It's just a shame time was short yesterday.
You really are rather lucky with what you've at your back door... proper natural forest trails, no armour or modifications to make it a little bit safer or friendler, just what's been created by countless feet, paws, etc over the years. Sure, you need to link it up with a bit of road work, or farm track or marshy field, but it's definitely worth it. Even the disused railway on the way back isn't too bad, you get a chance to chat, and there is the occasional techy line off up a banking if you feel that way inclined.