Ambitious plans to create a walkway along the Burdiehouse Burn running from the Pentlands to the shore at Portobello have been unveiled.
The proposals to create a green corridor for the south-east would rival the Water of Leith walkway, which has become one of the city’s top attractions since being completed in the 1990s.
Community group, the Friends of Burdiehouse Burn, say they have the backing of local councillors and are keen to open talks with the city about making the plans work.
The Burdiehouse Burn starts near Swanston at the foot of the Pentlands, runs between Liberton and Gilmerton, passing Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Niddrie before entering the North Sea at Joppa.
Bruce Bennet, secretary of the Friends of Burdiehouse Burn, said the scheme was “no less ambitious” than the Water of Leith path.
He said: “We have seen a huge change in Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park over the years, and a pathway now runs right through the park from Burdiehouse to Moredun, but there is huge potential to extend the pathway towards the Pentlands and down through Moredun to the Royal Infirmary. And we just thought, ‘why stop there?’
“Smart development linking green corridors and paths can help improve the way people live and work and help wildlife.
“There’s a chance to link up a lot of small schemes to create something unique for south and east Edinburgh and for the wider city.
“Though this of course is a much smaller scheme, it is no less ambitious than the vision for the Water of Leith walkway.
“We are hoping that a group could be set up to look at the proposals in detail with key stakeholders like Spokes and the Friends of the Pentlands. That way the wider and longer term vision can be fully explored.”
Around £100,000 in Scottish Government cash has already been pledged to help improve paths along the burn and another £300,000 to create new paths around the ERI at Little France.
Councillor Keith Robson said he has had an initial conversation with officials. He said: “The plan is certainly ambitious but it could open up lots of opportunities for cycling and walking.
“It’s a fantastic idea and I want to explore whether it may be feasible. The Friends of Burdiehouse Burn should be commended because they have gone beyond looking after the park and are looking at how to connect communities and enhance tourism in the area.”