Walk at Spylaw

Tue, Jun 15th 2010 at 12:00 am - 2:00 am


Hi All, some directions and suggestions for the walk on the 15th;
Park in Woodhall Road, about 200 yards west of the traffic lights in Colinton. ie; as you approach Colinton from the east along Colinton Road, when you come to the traffic lights go left (ten o'clock) in to Woodhall Road. Not down the hill on Bridge Street, the main road through the village.
Park as close as pos to where a pathway on the right (about 200yds) goes down to Bridge Street. We will start at the top of that path.
For those having food and/or refreshments at the Spylaw Inn in Spylaw Street, walk to the top of Spylaw Street, cross over the main road and you will be at the bottom of the path. Walk up and meet us at the top. About 100 yds.
I have spoken to the Spylaw Inn and all are welcome whether you book or not, and at 5 ish likely no need to book. They stop serving food at 9:00pm and we should be back by then. We aim to start the walk at 6:30pm prompt.
Suggest come clad for the weather, whatever it may be that night. Likely warm to start and cool at finish, but you never know of course. Ideally boots or good walking shoes, and midge cream naturally.
The walk will pass through some of the most historic parts of Edinburgh, incl where the last witch in Scotland was burned at the stake. The village church (St Cuthberts) dates from the 2nd half of the 11th cent. and was founded by Ethelred, son of Malcolm III and Queen Margaret (the Maid of Norway).
RLS's Grandfather was the minister here in early 19th cent.
We will be walking partly on the old railway line to Balerno. Opened 1874, closed 1964, and passing the sites of some of the many paper and textile mills for which Colinton was once famous. the worlds first bank notes were printed on paper made here.
The walk also passes through the hamlet of Blinkbonny and close to the Poets Glen.
Look forward to seeing you on the 15th.

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