LEJOG Day 49 – Gorebridge to Edinburgh 19.93 miles. Cumulative 888.94 miles

A perfect day for walking, sunny with a light breeze.

Our day started with a train journey back to Gorebridge, carrying lightweight rucksacks containing only our essentials.

A short stretch of road at the start took us to the River Esk where we spot Scottish broad beans growing in a field beside the path. We omitted to include Scotland when we mentioned where broad beans were grown on Day 21, we apologise for the omission.

Scottish broad beans, a feisty variety.

Before entering some woodland, Steve finds a bridge where he can copy Lynn’s impression of Kate Winslet, or was he referring to his size 12 feet, which have caused problems in finding the right boots.

The wild garlic filled woodland leads us back to the National Cycle Network route 1, which we followed to Musselburgh, the route is mainly traffic free today and followed the Penicuik to Musselburgh Cycle/Walkway.

At Musselburgh we leave the cycle route to take a look at the town and walk along the shoreline, before following the John Muir Way back to the city centre, passing below Arthur’s Seat.

To make the most of the sunny day we decided to have a ice cream and Lynn researched the best ice cream shop in Edinburgh, which is ‘Mary’s Milk Bar’ in the Grassmarket district . The reviews said there is often a queue, but it moves quickly and is worth the wait. We were about 20th when we joined the queue and it was definitely worth the wait. We sat and enjoyed the ice creams with a view of the castle, together with hundreds of others in the Grassmarket area before heading back to our accommodation.

Steve eventually at the front of the queue
Mary’s Milk Bar, queue and ….oh yes Lynn.
Grassmarket

Although we walked nearly 20 miles today, it felt like a day off without the backpacks.

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