Water of Leith and red wall of Redhall
Hoping for a Kingfisher or Dipper.
A three mile walk from Edinburgh Haymarket to Redhall Walled Garden. Almost entirely traffic-free along the very well-walked and safe feeling Union Canal & Water of Leith. At a fast speed I with long legs can manage it in a bit over an hour. I prefer taking much longer and enjoying all there is to see -including cafe at Water of Leith Visitor Centre!
|first glimpse of the Pentland Hills|
|Harrison Park looks a great one with open space, tree planting, dog-free playparks and community events|
A lot of watersports take place along this stretch:
|canal crossing railway|
|If you're out of time you can at this point leave the canal and walk a short way to Slateford station.|
Trains from Slateford run only hourly.
|Note the trough on the right for wheeling bikes up and down. If only all steps were this thoughtful.|
|Very useful map of the whole Water of Leith walkway from Balerno to Leith. Only £1.|
|and an audio trail - www.waterofleith.org.uk/audio-trail/|
Here's how to donate to the work of the Water of Leith Conservation Trust:
|An intriguing woven enclosure, not yet finished, no gap for an entrance.|
|The yellow flowers of Lesser celandine are really beautiful but it's their leaves I love most of all.|