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Water of Leith Walkway: Balerno to Edinburgh

I recently shared a post about our walk along the Union canal but this was not actually the first time I'd visited it. A while ago we followed a walk from Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh back to the city centre along another favourite route of ours, the Water of Leith and ended up skirting the Union canal as we approached the city and the end of our walk that day.  

This walk began as our Union canal one had, with a bus ride from the city centre, this time though to Balerno, the starting point of the 19km public walkway along the Water of Leith. Balerno began as a farming town but with the Water of Leith on its doorstep its importance grew with the many flax, snuff and paper mills that sprung up along its banks. The beginning of the walk takes you on a former railway line, the Balerno line, built by the Caledonian railway to serve the many mills along the Water of Leith, which ran through to Edinburgh city centre. If you weren't aware it is actually possible to walk right…

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