Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
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Cycling along the Union Canal

On 22nd July, 2004, I cycled from my flat in Edinburgh, along the Union Canal to the Falkirk Wheel at Tamfourhill on the west side of Falkirk; a distance of 33 miles. This was probably the furthest I've ever cycled during a single day. I then cycled back through Falkirk to Grahamston Station, from where I returned by train to Edinburgh, feeling very tired, stiff and sore.


The River Almond viewed from Lin's Mill Aqueduct, between Ratho and Broxburn, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


The River Almond viewed from Lin's Mill Aqueduct, between Ratho and Broxburn, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


The vast Faucheldean (left, farther) and Greendykes (right, nearer) shale bings that loom over Broxburn, West Lothian, viewed from near Drumshoreland on the Union Canal, 22nd July, 2004. I often wondered why the spent shale of which these bings are composed is known as 'blaes' when it is mostly pink or red in colour. Apparently the shale when freshly deposited on the bings was blue, but rapidly oxidised to the colour seen here.


Viewed from near Drumshoreland on the Union Canal, the Faucheldean, Greendykes and Niddry Castle shale bings which dominate the landscape around Broxburn, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


A close-up view of the Faucheldean shale bing which encroaches on the Union Canal just beyond Broxburn, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


Niddry Castle shale bing viewed from the Union Canal near Winchburgh, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


Niddry Castle shale bing viewed from the Union Canal near Winchburgh, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


Niddry Castle shale bing viewed from the Union Canal near Winchburgh, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


Niddry Castle - an ancient Scottish tower house - is dominated by the vast Niddry Castle shale bing. Viewed from the Union Canal near Winchburgh, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


An original road-bridge over the Union Canal at Winchburgh, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


A sunken canal-boat on the Union Canal near Philpstoun, West Lothian, that's being reclaimed by nature. 22nd July, 2004.


The aqueduct carrying the Union Canal over the River Avon, between Linlithgow and Polmont, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


The aqueduct carrying the Union Canal over the River Avon, between Linlithgow and Polmont, West Lothian, 22nd July, 2004.


Northward view from the Avon Aqueduct on the Union Canal, between Linlithgow and Polmont, towards the viaduct carrying the Edinburgh & Glasgow railway over the Avon valley, 22nd July, 2004. The Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway opened in 1842.


The River Avon flowing beneath the Avon Aqueduct on the Union Canal between Linlithgow and Polmont, 22nd July, 2004.


Milepost on the Union Canal, 22nd July, 2004. Distance from Edinburgh to the Falkirk Wheel: 33 miles (53km).


The eastern entrance to the tunnel on the Union Canal at Falkirk, 22nd July, 2004.


Inside the damp and dark tunnel at Falkirk on the Union Canal, which is 650 yards (over one-third-of-a-mile) long. 22nd July, 2004.


The canal basin above the Falkirk Wheel boat-lift at Tamfourhill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, with the Ochil Hills on the north bank of the Firth of Forth in the distance. 22nd July, 2004.


The aqueduct leading to the Falkirk Wheel boat-lift at Tamfourhill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, viewed from the east, 22nd July, 2004.


The Falkirk Wheel boat-lift in operation on the Union Canal at Tamfourhill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, 22nd July, 2004.


The Falkirk Wheel boat-lift in operation on the Union Canal at Tamfourhill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, 22nd July, 2004.


The Falkirk Wheel boat-lift in operation on the Union Canal at Tamfourhill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, 22nd July, 2004.


The Falkirk Wheel boat-lift in operation on the Union Canal at Tamfourhill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, 22nd July, 2004.
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