River Esk Walks and Cycleways


The John Muir Walk Is perhaps the most familiar walk in the area and a very popular coastal walk. It passes by Musselburgh along the coast not far from Eskmills. When you reach the mouth of the River Esk a simple detour is to walk through the town by the river bank. As you head upstream you will approach Eskmills by Station Road (which will be on the left bank). Note: there is a footbridge near the modern road bridge which brings you straight onto Station Road. This walk is signposted River Esk Walk.

The River Esk Walk(4.5 mls/7km) is a pleasant flat walk that can easily start from Eskmills. Heading south (inland) along the wooded bank of the River Esk (passing the golf course) and returning along the public road through the old village of Inveresk. This walk takes in the site of the Roman fort at Inveresk, adjacent is the site where Cromwell mounted his cannon to guard the ford on the River Esk during the Civil War, and the village has many buildings of architectural interest including the Inveresk Lodge owned by The National Trust for Scotland.

This walk then returns to the wooded river bank and Station Road and Eskmills.Note:To include the full River Esk walk simply head downstream along the riverbank, through the town of Musselburgh, towards the mouth of the river and the sea where it joins The John Muir Walk along the coast.

Walks around Musselburgh

Route maps for cycling around East Lothian