The Water of Leith

Jon and I went for a walk to Leith today – a part of Edinburgh that used to be the home of the docks.

We walked from our flat along the Water of Leith walkway – it is part of the Sustrans National cycle network.
The walk is very pretty and particularly scenic at the moment because it is autumn

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As we arrived in Leith we discovered poems etched in the pavement – which I think are Robert Louis Stevenson’s

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And some interesting panels depicting
Leith’s industrial history

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I can’t find out who produced these, the poems are a bit gruesome

When we arrived at the dock – which has been completely renovated- there are lots of
new flats. However there are still some original features . For example an old windmill tower that was built in 1686

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I spotted a large graffiti like face on a wall by a bus stop whilst ordering coffee- it is by Russell Dempster – of Edouardo Paolozzi – which was painted on four panels and hand finished on site

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I also liked the window display in the Collins art gallery – it was lively and funky with lots of colour and some Kitch seagulls – I think the ceramics is by Ronnie Crombie and the paintings by Ritchie Collins ( I am really into seagulls at the moment )

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