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My Daily Walk - The Local Park / John Muir Way

My Daily Walk - The Local Park / John Muir Way


Postby RiverSong » Sat May 23, 2015 1:55 pm

Route description: South Queensferry to Edinburgh

Date walked: 19/04/2020

Time taken: 1 hours

Distance: 5 km

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I really enjoy getting out for my daily walk, and I enjoy making up new walks i can do from my front door. The John Muir way cuts through Davidsons Mains Park. I dont go there very often but it is a nice place to walk and i thought i would post here as it might be of interest to anyone who is doing the full John Muir Way.

There is really only a very small section of the John Muir way which goes through the park. Walkhighland give excellent instructions for passing through this section. You arrive here from Barnton, having passed the Royal High School, then follow the path up to Queensferry Road, cross over then walk up Corstorphine Hill.
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This is the path which circuits the park. Originally, this land was part of the Barnton Estate, and the path was a carriage-drive for the ladies of the house.
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The grassy area is used as playing fields with a toddlers swing park just beyond
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I dont know what this bird is but it was singing a beautiful song
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Fungi growing on a tree-stump
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It seemed strange to see these ducks sitting in what remains of a pond. Years ago there was a spa here and the waters were said to be health-giving. There are two other ancient wells in the area - Lauriston Castle and St Bernards Well - both of which were also said to have health-giving properties.
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These trees were planted in the 1800's. Just behind them is Queensferry Road, one of the busiest and most polluted roads in Scotland. These trees must soak up tons of pollutants every day.
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Evening light hitting the stones of the local church
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This used to be one of the Edinburgh police boxes. They were all sold a few years ago on the condition they were painted a different colour by the new owners.
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Wild Roses
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Another bird in the tree, singing its heart out
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One of the neighbours gardens
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Evening light hitting this tree
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Another of the neighbours gardens
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First bluebells i have seen this year
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Re: My Daily Walk - The Local Park / John Muir Way

Postby RiverSong » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:14 pm

My Daily Walk / John Muir Way
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Re: My Daily Walk - The Local Park / John Muir Way

Postby RiverSong » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:16 pm

My Daily Walk / John Muir Way
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Re: My Daily Walk - The Local Park / John Muir Way

Postby MrsOrr » Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:24 pm

First bird is a Wren, beautiful song they have, second bird is a Goldfinch which, until about 5 years ago, I didn't know existed, now I see them everywhere!
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Re: My Daily Walk - The Local Park / John Muir Way

Postby RiverSong » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:50 pm

MrsOrr wrote:First bird is a Wren, beautiful song they have, second bird is a Goldfinch which, until about 5 years ago, I didn't know existed, now I see them everywhere!


Thanks for the ID, i didnt know that was a wren, they do have a beautiful song. Funny, I'd never seen a goldfinch either but now i see them all the time, in fact im sure i saw a flock of them yesterday, about five or six all flying around. Nature is certainly taking advantage of the fact that humans are staying indoors just now.


Regarding the John Muir Way - looking back over my report and photos I've realised it isnt really much help to anyone walking this section of the way. Next week i will go back and do the walk again and print some better photos which show the actual direction of the walk as it goes through the park.
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