Union Canal, Angle Park to Kingsknowe
And the series on the Union Canal continues, this time we’re going to hop onto the canal towpath at Angle Park, a reasonably good suburb in the West of the city just off Slateford and the A70, one of the major routes into Edinburgh from the west. The canal here passes though a mainy residential area with lots of detached bungalow housing lining one side of the banks. Even here though, the grafitti is still in evidence.
5 minutes walk from here you come to the first of 2 viaducts on this stretch of the canal, the smaller of the 2 crossing Slateford Road, the Prince Charlie viaduct.
Just round the corner is the much larger Slateford Viaduct, crossing the Water of Leith and Inglis Green Road running parallel to the start of the Lanark Road. The path along this stretch is very narrow and slants slightly towards the water, cyclists are supposed to dismount to cross however many don’t. You can also take steps down to the Water of Leith from here too.
Looking over the viaduct towards Longstone you will see another very similar viaduct, the 14 arch railway bridge leading to Slateford Station, one of the main lines in and out of Edinburgh, busy all the time other than when I was waiting for a trail to cross it though!
Just past the viaduct is the sign to Ratho and the Falkirk Wheel where the canal ends, both well worth a visit (although possibly not by foot from here…)
This has to qualify as one of the strangest bits of grafitti I’ve seen in Edinburgh?
Before we come into Kingsknowe you’ll pass this large wooden carved statue. I had no idea what this was for since there is no plaque or marking but a quick google seems to suggest the statue is of Burke and Hare, the infamous Edinburgh grave robbers. Why is it here? No idea!
Next post, we’ll go from Kingsknowe to Wester Hailes, one of the more notorious areas of the city.