Union Canal – Kingsknowe to Wester Hailes
Continuing on with the Union Canal series, it’s time to make the trek to Wester Hailes. Typically thought of as one of the most notorious areas of Edinburgh it’s one of those areas with low quality housing and high unemployment. Look below it’s exterior and past the junkies and lowlifes that do hang around the area, you’ll find 50 times more decent people getting on with life.
Starting out from Kingsknowe, looking up you’ll see the signs for the level crossing, one of the few in Edinburgh.
View of the road bridge over the canal at the level crossing.
It’s not far from here to Wester Hailes and what you’ll find is a quiet area of the canal with little or no residential areas leading onto the waterway, it’s mostly parkland either side. There’s a lot of wildlife along here, testament to the fact that the canal is kept clean these days.
Coming closer to Wester Hailes you’ll pass the top end of Longstone first and you’ll see the first of the area’s housing around the canal. Along this stretch I found this floral tribute tied to a tree, don’t know what it’s for but I’d presume it’s for a fatal accident around here. There have been a few drowning incidents along this stretch as it passes through a heavily residential area over the years.
This area of open parkland is the Hailes Quarry, a recently regenerated area of open parkland that sits between Dumbryden on the edge of Wester Hailes and Longstone.
Along here you’ll get your first views of Wester Hails, with the Hailesland flats. Despite the fact that they are high rises the area isn’t typical of normal high rise flats. Maybe due to the fact that the stand next to Wester Hails police station!
Up soon… Wester Hails to Sighthill.