The overnight worries about a possible shin splint were dealt with by some of Cath’s adept strapping skills and a change of footwear – Altberg boots replacing Salomon shoes – and it worked. The first 5 miles along the canal past the enormous shale bings peculiar to this area (wierd memories of Ayres Rock came to mind)
and through the town of Broxburn – not the prettiest place on the planet but some very friendly dog walkers. I eventually left the Canal at Lins Mill Aqueduct and had a nice woodland path all the way to the other side of Mid Calder, sadly spoiled by a very pungent smelling sewage plant – even with my weak sense of smell it was seriously bad. A quick lunch stop by the busy A81 and then onwards to the Pennine Way-esque route through the Pentland Hills towards West Linton via Corston Hill, with superb panoramic views, and the delightfully named Cauldstane Slap along the old Drovers/Thieves path, opening up views of the Southern Uplands still to come. A short day tomorrow to Peebles should be good to recharge the batteries for the challenges to follow. Note to self: must eat more!