Milkhall Pond

Milkhall Pond consists of an old reservoir and a network of smaller ponds. This open water provides important habitat for aquatic plants, waterfowl and breeding amphibians and insects, including dragonflies. There is also an area of rough grassland, marsh and a shelterbelt of trees.

A path runs along the west side of the pond.

Skylark © P N Watts

Why visit?

  • Dragonflies
  • Waterfowl

Best time to visit?

  • Jun to Aug for dragonflies

Visit for:

  • Butterflies
  • Pond
  • Wildflowers
  • Birdwatching


From the Leadburn crossroads south of Penicuik, take the A6094 north. After 1.25 miles, take the minor road on the left just after the Howgate restaurant. Follow this narrow road until you see Milkhall Pond on the right and a small layby on the left opposite the entrance. There is very limited parking outside this reserve.

Getting onto the reserve

The gate into Milkhall Pond is across the road from the small layby. A path runs down the left hand side of the large pond.

Getting round this reserve

Visitors are advised to wear footwear appropriate for wet and muddy ground conditions.


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