Union Canal Evening Walk - Stage 1

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Apr 17

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5 miles (8 km) 2 hours

We plan to run these at four-weekly intervals during the spring and summer months, interspersed with a similar series of walks along the Forth & Clyde Canal in the west.

Completed in 1822 to transport coal and minerals to Edinburgh, the Union Canal is approximately 31 miles (50 km) in length. After falling into disuse in 20th century, having succumbed to more modern means of transport, the Union Canal enjoyed a new lease of life as part of the Millenium Link project, which also saw the canal reconnected to the Forth & Clyde Canal by means of a boat lift (The Falkirk Wheel).

With the nights only just starting to get light, our first leg of the series will cover just 5 miles (8 km) of the route from its eastern terminus at Lochrin Basin to just short of the Edinburgh City bypass. The stages will get longer as we get into summer!

Slateford Aqueduct and Viaduct
Union Canal, near Edinburgh
Slateford Aqueduct and Viaduct
Union Canal, near Edinburgh


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