Like Rome, Edinburgh is built on hills and it used to be said that there were more fit old ladies in Edinburgh than in any other city because they walked everywhere - up hill all the way.
Tourist guides advise visitors that walking in Edinburgh is suitable for people "of average fitness" and if walkers are not fit when they arrive, they certainly will be when they leave. The literal summit of Edinburgh's city walks is Arthur's Seat that rears up for 251 metres behind Holyrood Palace and is a favourite place for hill walkers who start off their climb at St Margaret's Loch and get a panoramic view of the city when they make it to the top.
It is more leisurely is to walk along the Water of Leith which meanders for 12 miles along the valley between Balerno and Leith. The favourite stretch for walkers is between Roseburn and Canonmills which goes through the ancient and picturesque Dean Village.
Even less taxing is Princes Street which is nearly a mile in length with gardens on one side and shops on the other. When it was first planned in 1765, commercially minded members of the City Council wanted shops to be built on both sides of the street. Fortunately they were overruled but to this day some people still think the street is only half built.
Today Princes Street can claim to be one of the most beautiful thoroughfares in the world and people walk along it to take in the shops in one direction and return through the beautiful gardens, admiring the Floral Clock and the Scott Monument on the way.