From South Queensferry to the city you're largely using estate tracks, quiet pavements, paths and the Union Canal towpath. Cyclists should note that there is a large, but negotiable, flight of steps, where the Water of Leith walkway joins the Union Canal. A wooden ramp at the side of the steps helps with pushing bikes up and down. Alternatively, cyclists heading east may wish to follow the signed diversion to avoid pushing bikes up the ramp. From the canal basin there are some Edinburgh streets to negotiate before you reach the sanctuary of the meadows.
Public toilets can be found at Hawes Pier, South Queensferry High Street and Cramond village.
Key things to note about this route section.
Saughton Park diversion
A short diversion is in place due to the redevelopment restoration of Saughton Park in Edinburgh. Construction work is expected to run from August 2017 until July 2018. Diversions have been put in place for pedestrians and cyclists via Stevenson Drive and Balgreen Road.
Dalmeny Estate diversion
A short section of the John Muir Way in Dalmeny Estate will be closed from 5 March until mid-April 2018 for utility works for Barnbougle Castle. A diversion for walkers and cyclists is waymarked – see diversion map for details.