Water of Leith – Gorgie Road to Fords Road
The other side of Gorgie Road this time, the little stretch of the Water of Leith from Gorgie Road to Fords Road just before it winds it’s way through Saughton Park. Starting out from Gorgie Road this is the bridge over the Water of Leith, to the right in the shot is Stevenson House. There’s another empty office block to the right out of shot here which too has been empty for a good few years. Stange place to have offices?
Following the path around, being careful to dodge the plentiful dogs shite in the grass you’ll pass a little tile place and and the path veers off to the right, where if you look, you find the worst graffiti in the world. If it wasn’t nearly 6ft off the ground I’d swear this was the work of a 3 year old.
The path follows the river and gets quite muddy along here. It’s nicer in summer when it’s lined with wild flowers. In winter it’s bleak, you can see over to the shops at Chesser and you get a uninterrupted view of the grafitti some local Einstein has left on the old bridge here. It’s a shame this part of Edinburgh is blighted with brain dead little arseholes dressed head to foot in JJB’s finest.
Keep following the path and you’ll come out in the Ford Road playing fields. There’s regular junior team training on around here, dribbling around the turds etc. Just over the water is the concrete monstrosity of Chesser House which was occupied mainly by Edinburgh Council, not sure what’s there now.
There’s another bridge over the water here at the end of Fords Road leading to Chesser House, keep a look out for the large duck population around this part.
The sign points the way to Saughton Park, one of the largest green spaces in the west of the city which we’ll save for another blog post!