Recce: Port of Leith

A weekend in Edinburgh to support Jeremy and four of his friends, who were running in the 2017 Marathon. We stayed in Leith, so I had time to explore the Port.

The Port O Leith Motor Boat Clubaccessible at most states of the tide. No narrowboats moored here on this occasion – we were over 22 miles east of the eastern terminus of the Union Canal, at Falkirk!

A rather murky evening, but we walked along the western breakwater to get a view of this ship. Not quite sure if it is for laying cables or for oil pipelines? Within the Port of Leith.

ROYAL YACHT BRITTANIA, hidden behind an enormous and rather ugly shopping mall.

The last time I had seen HMY BRITTANIA was on a sailing holiday in the Outer Hebrides in 1985. We dipped our Ensign, of course….

Anthony Gormley statue on the left, and the ship lock on the right, and more shots of the cable/pipeline ship. The dock was converted to non-tidal operation in the 1960s. I was pleased to see nobody tied up to the yellow bollards on the approaches to the lock …

Now for the running. The four groups of supporters identified themselves to the runners by flying the Welsh Dragon – very distinctive. We got quite a few shouts from genuine Welsh runners. Here we are at Portobello at about mile 6, with the course stretching well over a mile into the distance.

The course map is here – and the summary supporter plan is here. We had four groups of people at mile 6,  mile 11/24; mile 13/22; and mile 16/19; with everyone assembling afterwards at the finish.

A previous outing for the Welsh Dragon – passing HMS OCEAN at Greenwich in 2012.

Some runners passing us at Portobello

Jeremy about 100 yards from the finish In Musselburgh. NB the Welsh flag again in the background…

The following day, I took the long way home, via the Settle-Carlisle railway (from Carlisle to Leeds). 

The Ribblehead Viaduct, the most famous feature of the line. The scenery further north was actually more spectacular. I also saw a lot of sheep.

Not the most romantic type of train, but we had great views.

L&L at Gargrave

Bingley – useful canal clothing manufacturer, and the three rise staircase locks

And then – a day later on a separate trip – Thrupp on the South Oxford.


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