Leicester – Grand Union Canal

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A canalside walk along the Grand Union
reveals contrasting scenes:
dereliction; beauty; serenity; wildlife;
vibrant wall art; volunteers;
all just a stone’s throw from the buzz of lively Leicester

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Canalside dereliction

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Wildlife, serenity, beauty

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Canalside walkway

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Canalside wall art

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Volunteers clearing rubbish

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Edinburgh’s natural beauty

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With so much on offer it’s almost impossible to decide what to see and do on a first visit to Edinburgh. Natural beauty on the doorstep won the day.

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Cramond Island and causeway

Day 1 – a 6 mile walk to Musselburgh along the John Muir Way. Sadly, not the prettiest part of the trail winding through housing estates strewn with litter. John Muir would not be a happy man. Musselburgh, with its pretty harbour, shone in the sun. A solitary Little Auk teased, ducking and diving below the waves. No chance of a snapshot! Bus back to town, hunkered down in The Inn on the Mile, happy to rest weary legs and watch snowflakes flutter outside.

 

Day 2 – bus to Cramond.  Cramond Island, sitting in the Firth of Forth, accessed by a causeway at low tide. Didn’t make it as the tide was on the turn, rushing in at a rate of knots.  Wild and windy, perfect conditions for kite-boarders, dog-walkers and those not fazed by the weather.  Off the beaten track back in Edinburgh, the Devil’s Advocate beckoned.  A quirky pub set in a Victorian pump house.  Perfect!

 

Day 3 – Arthur’s Seat. In the heart of Edinburgh the famous dormant volcano in Holyrood Park rises just over 800 feet. A spectacular panorama is the reward for the hike to the top. Back in town a mooch along the Royal Mile, a beer or two in the Greyfriars Inn and an entertaining hour watching weird goings-on outside. Poor Greyfriar’s Bobby!  His little nose has to be replaced on a regular basis because of all the tourist touches!

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Arthur’s Seat

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View on way down

The castle dominates a city rich in history. Museums, galleries, theatres, and grand buildings rise from cobbled streets. Narrow ginnels hide secret places. Plenty to explore another time.

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Edinburgh old and new

Grand Union Canal – Leicester

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Grand Union Canal Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with lots of interest for the casual visitor. Theatres; museums; shopping; dining; two universities; the mighty LCFC; Leicester Tigers; Richard III – unceremoniously buried in a car park; and much more.

On a recent visit to catch up with my sister, Jane, we didn’t pursue any cultural, shopping, or sporting pursuits. Instead we had a leisurely 6 mile stroll along the Grand Union Canal.

Peppered with relics of Leicester’s industrial past, modern-day graffiti, wildlife, rural life on the edge of urban outskirts, our walk offered a myriad snapshot opportunities.

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Graffiti – Grand Union Canal

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Grand Union Canal

 

We stumbled upon the Bakers Arms in Blaby and relaxed over a first class “posh” fish and chip lunch. Too stuffed to muster the return journey on foot we caught the bus, and stopped off for a quick peek at the King Power Stadium.

 

Leicester doesn’t quite fit into
the “mybpool” theme
But it’s worth going off piste
every now and then!