I've been thinking of where I might run on Sunday and quite fancy Dalmeny Estate which is quite near me. If you know Edinburgh at all it's roughly the farms between the road in from the Forth Bridge and the edge of the built up part of the city.
I was finished fairly early yesterday and as the weather was quite good decided to try it out. I reckoned I would try to run for 20 minutes, see where I got to and then turn back. I've been put off by the busy main road to get there but have worked out that by sticking to some side streets I can keep off it until I need to join the A90 at the Cramond Brig to cross the Almond. Didn't find it too bad and soon entered the estate tracks. I've walked here a few times each year so know it pretty well. However it's amazing how much steeper the paths were compared to what i remembered. I was pleased with how quiet it was. Even though it wasn't that far from the city, it felt like proper countryside and i could hear larks singing over the fields and blackbirds and thrushes in the woods Have posted some photos of the tracks..
Followed a bit of one of the national cycle paths and then a track through the woods back to the main road. Kept thinking of Malcy's chimp and was determined to keep going. Walked a couple of short steep bits but when I got home I had done 7.3k in 50min which is the furthest since last year.
Felt quite good about it and the plan for Sunday would be to carry on to South Queensferry along the coast and come back by bus or persuade my other half to pick me up.