|Diver & Inchkeith Island from Granton breakwater, Wardie Bay, Edinburgh. Soft pastel on pastel paper|
Wherever I go and whenever possible I try to make some time and space for nature. I'm almost always travelling by public transport and I believe that makes it easier, not harder, to get yourself into a little bit of green. By car it's so easy to step out of your house and straight into your car bubble then out of your car bubble and straight into wherever you were going, no experiencing anything along the way.
By public transport it's different.
And this is my walk:
From Waverley Station I walked through the new pretty impressive St James Quarter and down Broughton Street.
Past Mansfield Traquair, have you ever been in?
You should to see the Phoebe Anna Traquair murals inside
East Claremont Street and Bellevue Terrace
|here you can go straight ahead down Canonmills or right onto Broughton Road to join the network of old Edinburgh railways - now brilliant walk and cycle ways|
This is turning right and onto the path network. From here it's traffic free, and green green green almost all the way to the shore.
|over the Water of Leith at Canonmills|
|Inverleith Row. People allowing trees to be trees! I love this.|
|Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, East Gate|
|Botanics entrance and signposts showing so many places to walk and cycle|
|Wonderful! We all need to be much more like this.|
|Still Inverleith Row. It's a lonnnnnnnnnng, straight road with very picturesque buildings, good gardens...|
|great side streets too|
|at the end turn right onto Ferry Road.|
(good charity shop just visible on the right here and cafes not far behind me)
|then left onto South Trinity Road, and straight on until pretty much at the shore|
|passing another way down onto the Edinburgh railway path network|
|path network - connects so many parts of Edinburgh. trees all the way|
|still on South Trinity Road, a lovely place to walk|
|South Trinity Road becomes Stirling Road|
|past St Columba's Hospice Care|
(they have a really nice cafe, - The Iona Cafe - open to all)
and down to the shore.
I emerged onto the shore road and wide traffic free path, spend a good while just looking then noticed a breakwater sticking out on the left, and that people were walking on it. I had to go, never mind about getting home later than planned.
|panoramic photo showing the whole spread of shore. |
Granton Harbour on far left, Newhaven on far right.
Walkway and cycle path runs along here for miles.
Brilliant wildlife watching all along the shore and all along the breakwater. Seals, dolphins, porpoise and whales all might, at times, be seen from here.
|grey wagtail (yes, they are bright yellow underneath)|
|at least four turnstones in this photo|
|what can you spot?|
|Looking to Newhaven from the breakwater|
|along the breakwater. Fife across the water.|
|Inchkeith island and waterfront buildings at Newhaven|
|two thirds of the way along the breakwater! Stunning|
|looking back to the shore, Arthur's Seat just visible|
|Berwick Law, North Berwick|
|I stopped and sketched. Diver, buoy/beacon/marker thingy, Inchkeith island. Soft pastel.|
|Inchcolm and Inchcolm Abbey.|
Visitable April to October - https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/inchcolm-abbey/
|Inchkeith island and lighthouse|
Wardie Bay Residents Association on
|Newhaven Harbour, from the top deck of no.16 bus|
|past the Royal Yacht Britannia|
|Over the Water of Leith at the Shore, still on the no.16 bus|