Water of Leith
:"This article is about the river in Scotland. For the river in Dunedin, New Zealand, see
Water of Leith, New Zealand"The Water of Leith is the main riverflowing through Edinburgh, Scotland, to the port of Leithwhere it flows into the sea via the Firth of Forth.
It is 35 km (24 miles) long and rises in the
Colzium Springsat Millstone Rigof the Pentland Hills. It travels through Harperrig Reservoir, past the ruins of Cairns Castle, through Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green, Colinton, Slateford, Longstone, Saughton, Balgreen, Roseburnand on to the nearest it gets to the city centre at the Dean Village, on the site of old watermills in a deep gorge. This ravineis dramatically spanned by the "Dean Bridge", designed by Thomas Telford, which was built in 1832 for the road to Queensferry, and lies next to the "New Town".
The river flows on past Stockbridge and
Inverleith, Silvermillsand Warriston. It then passes through shallows at a place known as "Puddocky" which is commonly thought to refer to "puddocks", the Scots languageterm for frogs, but actually took its name from the former "Paddock Hall" which was sited nearby. The river continues past Canonmillsand Bonnington, the site of another watermill, to Leithwhere it widens into the old harbour and port at "Shore Street". Leith Docks have been extended considerably out into the firthfrom the old shoreline, and there are now plans to discontinue their use as a port and use the area for housing redevelopment.
There is a
Water of Leith Walkwaybeside the river for the 12.25 miles (19.6 kilometres) from Balerno to Leith, with approximately half a mile of the route on roads. The route forms an attractive haven for wildlife, passing through areas of woodland, often well separated from roads. For some distance the walkway follows the route of former railway tracks, and the remains of tunnels, bridges and other features of more than one railway may be seen at many places along the route.
A [http://www.waterofleith.org.uk/visitors/visitors.shtm visitor centre] is open to the public where the Union Canal passes over the Water of Leith via the
Slateford Aqueductat Longstone, in south-west Edinburgh. The Water of Leith Conservation Trust is dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the river. The Trust provides education programs about the river and the environment.
Rivers of Scotland
* [http://www.waterofleith.org.uk/ Water of Leith Conservation Trust: The River, Visitor Center, Education, Conservation]
* [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2007/03/16085600 Scottish Government, 16/03/07: Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme]
* [http://www.youredinburgh.info/opencms/opencms/cecrangerservice/sites_and_trails/water_of_leith.html Water of Leith]
* [http://spokes.org.uk/oldsite/waterofl.htm Water of Leith Millennium Bid document] . The bid was successful and paid for new sections of the Walkway and the Visitor Centre.
* [http://edinburghpaths.info/leaflets.htm Water of Leith Walkway leaflet]
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