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
Wildlife, serenity, beauty
Canalside wall art
Volunteers clearing rubbish
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.
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.
Inside looking out
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!
Causeway to Cramond Island
Wild and bleak over Firth of Forth
Weird creature on beach
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!
View on way down
Along the Royal Mile
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.
Edinburgh old and new
Ginnels lead to hidden finds
Along the Royal Mile
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.
Graffiti – Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
Heron on pylon
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.
King Power Stadium Leicester
King Power Stadium
Leicester doesn’t quite fit into
the “mybpool” theme
But it’s worth going off piste
every now and then!