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.

Angle Park Grafitti

Angle Park Grafitti

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.

Prince Charlie Viaduct

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 along Slateford Viaduct

Looking along Slateford Viaduct

On Slateford Viaduct

On Slateford Viaduct

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!

Railway Viaduct

Railway Viaduct

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…)

6 to Ratho

6 to Ratho

This has to qualify as one of the strangest bits of grafitti I’ve seen in Edinburgh?

Cuntings

Cuntings

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!

Burke and Hare

Burke and Hare

Next post, we’ll go from Kingsknowe to Wester Hailes, one of the more notorious areas of the city.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Union Canal, Angle Park to Kingsknowe

  1. The sculpture is Burke and Hare. The sculptor was Robert Coia.

    When I came across this sculpture I assumed it was a memorial to the navies that dug the canal. Got that wrong didn’t I.

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