Trig point, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Trig point, Brecon Beacons, Wales
  • fortunate sod!
    • 29/08/2013
in fairness I can't see the view directly out of my tent tonight.
Camped on the headland at Aberdour, which is almost exactly opposite to Edinburgh across the Forth. Sat on a rock on the clifftop eating dairy milk (thanks Matt's mum) and surveying all the lights for miles, I can see Edinburgh castle, I can see a tanker docked at the oil refinery down the coast, I can see all the bouys and lighthouses flicking on and off.
Strangely no lights on the forth rail bridge?

So to recap, upon leaving the overwhelming bustle of Edinburgh I spent two days pounding down the Union canal to Falkirk, including many graceful aquaducts, a 692 metre long tunnel, and finally the engineering majesty of the barge lifting Falkirk Wheel. Sadly the canal seems to be barely used, I only saw a handful of boats either in action or moored and they were mainly holiday hires or floating restaurants. in fact the canal is utilised more by scullers, kayakers and anglars. and cyclists on the towpath. hmm.
Falkirk seemed a similar sort of town to Darlington in size, but with the vast improvement of the hospitable and colourful collection of local characters buying me beer all evening in the Canal Inn! Chose another good pub there!

So for two days since that I've been hammering my feet along the Fife Coastal Path.
So far its been 99% pavement and tarmaced cycle way, which combined with my thinly worn boots and socks is leaving me somewhat achy footed.
Still, progress has been easy, (makes a change from.nettles) and there have been some nice views as well as industrial bits and the massive building site for the new forth road bridge.
Apparently the paint on the rail bridge lasts for 25 years per coat nowadays so they're taking a break on that one!


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