Water of Leith Walk
Join our Edinburgh Local Group for this biennial fund-raising walk from Stockbridge along Edinburgh's hidden natural asset, the Water of Leith.
Flowing for 24 miles from its source in the Pentland Hills, the river winds its way through the heart of Edinburgh to its outflow into the Firth of Forth at Leith. Once Edinburgh's industrial heartland, the valley was host to over 70 mills harnessing the power of the water to produce paper, fabric, and flour with the river mouth supporting a vibrant dock and boat building industry. Today the river is home to a wide diversity of plants and animals from wild garlic and orchids to brown trout, heron, kingfisher and otter.
You can choose what distance suits you – 4.5, 6, 8 or 9.3 miles, with exits at each of these points. The walkers will set off from Stockbridge at 11.00. Bring your lunch. We plan to eat at the interesting and welcoming Water of Leith Centre at Slateford. Walkers can get sponsors or may, instead, choose to make a personal donation to Freedom from Torture.