A warm welcome to the Dean Village

And here we stumble over the old cobbled lined streets into the Dean Village. Sitting tucked away at the western edge of the city centre on the banks of the Water of Leith you would be hard pushed to believe this was essentially in the city centre. With it’s mix of old and and refurbished buildings the Dean Village is a strange sight for first time visitors. Most will find it by walking along the Water of Leith walkway, which is well recommended, just don’t drive here…

Strictly Residents Only

Strictly Residents Only

You see, Dean Village is one of these NIMBY places, “not in my back yard”. You need money to live here and the residents don’t like you spoiling it! The whole place is full of these signs, no doubt you’ll be shot on sight if you attempted to park anywhere. While we’re at it, don’t bring the dog… dogs drop turds and they don’t like turds round here. Actually who does? I have a dog and I pick up religiously after him, I don’t need it hammered home but the people of the Dean Village think you do.

Dogs don't dump

Dogs don't dump

And once again…

And once again no dog crap

And once again no dog crap

Ok. So clear on that? No parking and no dog crapping. If you forget there’s another few dozen signs to remind you.

Look past the warm welcome though and the Dean Village is a place worth a look with it’s tight cobbled streets and High Street like closes.

Cobbles and Old Houses

Cobbles and Old Houses

Dean Village Close

Dean Village Close

Try this hill in winter…

Dean Steep Hill

Dean Steep Hill

This is quite a view in Summer with the tree’s fully leaved. It’s a popular photographers spot too. I once stood below the bridge here, with a camera on a tripod and was quizzed by some rather plum voiced old bloke as to “what the bloody hell did I think I was doing”. Yes… let me see, camera, tripod… what does it look like? He simply was outraged that I was there taking pictures of where he lives. Like I said, welcome…

Water of Leith Reflections

Water of Leith Reflections

 

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