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Water of Leith & Union Canal: Balerno to Fountainbridge

Join me for a Saturday afternoon walk from Balerno into town via the Water of Leith walkway and the Union Canal. Grade C+ whilst the terrain isn't challenging, we'll be walking at around 3mph, so a reasonable level of fitness is required and appropriate footwear for distance walking must be worn.  Bring water, a sandwich or snack, and depending on the weather forecast a waterproof jacket.

Walkers are responsible for their own safety, and no member or organizer from the group can be held responsible in case of any mishap.

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Walk Details

Distance: 14 km (8 miles)

Total Ascent: < 50 meters

Approximate total time, including breaks: 3.5 hours

This first part of our walk takes in the Water of Leith walkway which follows the line of the old railway beside the river from the village of Balerno. There are places on this stretch of the Water of Leith where it's easy to forget you're in a city. Not just on those parts which run next to Edinburgh's outlying suburban 'villages' of Balerno, Currie and Juniper Green either: the section from Colinton to Slateford also has a wonderful countryside feel.

Following a stop at Slateford we'll then walk on the towpath of the Union Canal.  Designed by Hugh Baird and built between 1818 and 1822, the Union canal was originally used for transporting coal before competition from the railways caused it to close to commercial use in the 1930s. We'll take the final section which leads into Edinburgh and ends at Lochrin Basin.

Getting there

Lothian bus 44 or 44A to Bridge Street, Balerno.  A single fare is £1.50.  I'll be on the #44 leaving Princess Street (South Charlotte) at 10:19.

Facilities & Dogs

There are public toilets at the visitor centre at Slateford, roughly half way through the walk.  I'll be taking a short stroll to The Hanging Bat, following the walk for a quick drink; you're most welcome to join me.

Dogs are welcome on this walk and in the pub, but must be kept under control at all times and on a short lead as required. Flexible and long leads are a trip hazard and therefore not permitted.

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  • Lynne

    Nice walk and lovely to see everyone. Thanks for arranging it Allan :-)

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Tessa B.

    Nice walk, good company and good pub!

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me & Toby always enjoy this walk & had a lovely time today! Well........ apart from my being choked with the cold. I was "burning up" so much that my face was as pink as my jacket!
    Dry weather; a good route; friendly company; and a well deserved drink / bowl of water in the pub afterwards.
    I'm so proud of Toby! He completed a long walk with an ear infection. Toby is a tough wee man!
    Thanks for organising, Allan!

    September 21, 2013

  • Mike

    Good walk

    September 21, 2013

  • Alan

    Sorry can't make it now.

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I have just dropped out of walk, unfortunately I've not been too well lately due to my respiratory illness. Hey ho thems the breaks, maybe see you on another one. Enjoy.

    September 20, 2013

  • Tessa B.

    Looking forward to tomorrow. Will be getting the 44 at Shandon traffic lights around 10.30, might see you on the bus? if not at Balerno

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you guys on bus stop #44 leaving Princess Street (South Charlotte) at 10:19!!! :)

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Carolanne

    Boo and hiss its blinking match day so I on baby sitting duties and party chauffeur for youngest most fed up :-(

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may not make it as far as Fountainbridge, however, looking forward to a nice stroll.

    September 11, 2013

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