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Guided civil engineering walk, Water of Leith

Event organised by ICE

10 September 2023
14:00 - 16:00 BST (GMT+1)
Coffee Angel (Outside)
24-27 Brandon Terrace
Edinburgh, EH3 5DZ

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Join us for an afternoon stroll away along the Water of Leith. We’ll be exploring the civil engineering history along the river starting at Canonmills, and then heading towards Dean Bridge.

The Water of Leith flows for around twenty-four miles from its source in the Pentland Hills. It has historically been used for industries such as timber production, grinding grain and papermaking, where mills were provided through weirs and mill lades. The mid-1800’s seen Edinburgh provided with a clean water supply, from subsequent reservoirs being constructed to aide both the city and local industries.

In recent years, the Water of Leith has been home to a variety of wildlife (species of bird, swans, fish, ducks and herons) and is a common route for active travel, with joggers, cyclists and walkers often frequenting. The walkway passes great places of interest, linking areas such as the historical mill town of Dean Village and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There are also many scheduled monuments, conservation areas and designed landscapes. Many features, uses and issues of the Water of Leith are currently being tackled as part of the Water of Leith Management Plan 2020-2030, at present.

The guided walk shall be provided courtesy of Sandra Purves and Derek Elder, committee members of the ICE’s Panel for Historic Engineering Works (PHEW), supported by local ICE Edinburgh Early Careers Network committee members.

Please note the spaces for the event are limited to 20 attendees. If you are looking to attend this event, please ensure you have registered online to guarantee your place! The event is open to all ICE members.

If attending the event, please bring sensible shoes for walking with you. Please be advised that for this event unfortunately many parts of the proposed walking route are not suitable for wheelchair access.

Upon finishing the guided walk at Dean Bridge, the number 36 bus can be taken if looking to return to Canonmills.

For more information please contact:

Lyndsey Pollock