Day 167 : South Queensferry – Leith

I have decided to do something which I did not originally plan to do. Because of a number of things that have happened during this year which meant me taking more time out than planned, and the daylight hours are getting shorter, I will skip round to Edinburgh to continue my walk down the east coast. But do not worry I will be back next year to complete the stretch from Ullapool to Edinburgh.

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Walk Date :                28th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     12.70 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 621.09 miles
Accommodation :      Richmond Cottage B&B, North Berwick

It’s a long day for me as I drive north to South Queensferry by the Forth Bridge on the River Forth. As I reach the outskirts of Edinburgh during the rush hour it’s a slow journey round the ring road to South Queensferry.

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It’s a dull misty grey day, the sort of day that you leave your lights on all the time. I could barely see the Forth bridges, but I could see the arc lights from the construction of the second road bridge.

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I leave along the main street of South Queensferry, past the harbour and under the Forth railway bridge. There seems to be a regular stream of trains that cross at this time of day. The path winds through the Dalmeny estate with the autumn leaves on the ground. This is different from the highlands where the firs were just starting to turn orangey brown.

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I pass through a golf course and the impressive Dalmeny House, but then I have to cut inland when I reach the River Almond to Crammond Bridge to cross over by the old toll bridge. It’s a lovely walk down the other side back to the sea, where I stop at the Walled Garden Tearoom for some refreshment.

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The rest of my walk is along the seafront with views of the new apartment blocks springing up around Granton Harbour and Leith.