TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY, 2007
GRANTON SQUARE TO NORTH QUEENSFERRY – 13.2 MILES, 5.5 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE AND BILL
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 94.4 MILES
We travelled by bus to Granton harbour. Again the weather gods were smiling on us as we set off in lovely sunshine. We walked along West Shore Road until we picked up a path behind some industrial units opposite Caroline park. Already ahead, in the distance we could see the distinctive red tops of the Forth Railway Bridge which we would pass on route to the road bridge. From here we followed the sea wall to where the river Almond flows into the Firth of Forth at Crammond. We followed the road and path up the east side of the river crossing at the first bridge then following the minor road down the west bank past East Craigie back to woods at the waters edge at Eagle Rock. We walked along the sand to Snab Point and on past the stately Dalmeny House and its golf course. As the tide was in, we had at this point to walk on the minor road past Barnbougle Castle, Hound Point and on into South Queensferry. On approaching ‘The Ferry’ (as its known locally) the physical presence of the Forth road and rail bridges is striking. Walking under the rail bridge we could hear a train rumbling across, 150 feet above us, on the monumental steel structure which celebrated its centenary in 1990. After a short stop to admire the views and a refreshing cold beer we walked on along the water front past the harbour then sought advice from a ‘local’ who gave us excellent direction for pedestrian access to the road bridge. The walk across the less spectacular road bridge is always a thrill and the views of the old jetties on north and south sides a reminder of pre 1964 when car ferries paddled back and forth. San Francisco has nothing on South Queensferry. We finished the days walk at the north end of the Bridge then walked back across to the south end where we caught a local service bus to Edinburgh.
Excellent days walking in sunshine. Paths, beaches, woods, minor roads had the lot. Basically flat (except the walk up to the bridge) with good underfoot conditions.
Highs; The two amazing bridges and the walk across.
Lows; None. Even the 2 mile walk back across the bridge was great.
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