Reflecting on the Canal
The Union Canal, connecting Edinburgh to Falkirk is one of Edinburgh’s gems, enjoyed certainly by the locals more than the tourist trade. Tucked away in Foutainbridge is the start of the canal at theLochrin Basin, or Edinburgh Quay as it’s now known. This area of the canal has, in recent years, been seriously regenerated, gone are the old breweries from the area and in their place new developments and a much cleaner waterway. A lot of work went into the canal a few years back connecting filled in areas and cleaning the rest. You can walk for miles along the towpath just in the city alone taking you past places you might never even have knew existed.
I’ll certainly cover more of the canal in other posts so where better to start then, well, the start?
This is where it all kicks off, East Fountainbridge behind Cargo, one of those faceless chain type pubs better avoided if at all possible. I have no idea what the swan statues are all about but I’m sure someone could enlighten us?
Another view of the basin from the far bank of the canal, opposite bank from the towpath.
Amazing reflections in the water on a still day, this area is quite sheltered. This is also where the annual canal festival is held.
As I’ve said, it’s pretty busy along here these days. Why walk along the street when you could cut up and walk along here instead? The entire towpath is a very busy cycle route, as most of it is fairly narrow, the pedestrians, dog walkers and cyclists don’t exist in perfect harmony most of the time.
Quite a few barges are moored up at this point, you’ll find even more up by the Polwarth section. This one in particular seems to be here all the time.
Entry to the basin is controlled by theLeamington Lift Bridge. I don’t know much of the history behind this but it can be raised to allow barges to enter the basin, I’ve only ever seen it lifted during the canal festival. The rest of the time it’s a wooden walkway over the canal.
Colour? What’s this all about? Like I said in the last post, the light sometimes is simply too good to covert to mono, as in this shot. Taken about an hour before sunset, it’s even better in winter with a frozen canal with a layer of snow on top.
I’ll certainly be exploring more of the canal in future posts, there’s so much along here it would be rude not to.