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Day 16 – Edinburgh to Linlithgow

Day 16 – Edinburgh to Linlithgow

Tranquillity…. Is a word I don’t use much. These days I barely read so my vocab isn’t to vast, but after today tranquillity is certainly a word I will be welcoming back into my life.

The walk today left Edinburgh Haymarket around 9am after a sharp cup of tea. We took the opportunity to walk around the city early morning to see it without the hustle and bustle. This old city shines in the light rain on this quiet Sunday morning.

The road out of Edinburgh took us out of Westwards joining onto the Union Canal. This canal goes all the way to Glasgow and we encounter only dog walkers & cyclists throughout our day. The setting is in constant change as we walk through the suburbs surrounded by the high rise blocks. Empty cans of buckfast are seen on the canal sidings.

As we leave the suburbs we hit various outstanding aquaducts until reaching a small village where we stop off for a quick cuppa. As we proceed we enter in Broxburn, an extremely deprived area. Adam comments along the lines of ‘this place makes modern day brixton look like Buckingham Palace’. 2 miles through this ghetto still along the canal, what comes next & for the remainder of the walk is truly wonderful & tranquil. Canal boats pass us every half hour along the wooded banks filled with wild flowers & hawthorns.

By the end of todays walk, 22 miles or so later, we stroll into Linlithgow (the birthplace of Mary queen of Scots) with a spring in our step…

 

 

Day 14 & 15 – Innerleithen to Penicuik

Day 14 & 15 – Innerleithen to Penicuik

There is not much about today except, moist feet, walking a busy A road & coming into Edinburgh. Actually I’m currently sitting in an internet cafe in Edinburgh, with some afro beat music playing in the background, with the lady continuously bringing me pots of tea. I’ll be very surprised if I don’t have a strong caffeine addiction by the time I get to John O groats.

However on days like this, with ‘mundane’ walking you have to look beyond & be patient, and something will pop out of somewhere which just takes you away.

We walk a relatively new trail out of Innerlaithen to Peebles, where we arrive 6 miles later.

Busy peebles, church seen in distance
Busy peebles, church seen in distance

This is a busy town, banks, cafes, art shops, barbers, incense shops & the rest of it. It’s all a bit overwhelming, readjusting to everything, so many options all around us. So much confusion, we grab lunch, and I say to Adam, I’m going to sit in the quiet church, so we go. 45 minutes after meditation in this quiet church, stillness is found. I than walk amongst this busy town, holding space & feeling peaceful. We find a spiritual shop called house of Gaia, as we need some incense to help with the less desirable smells of odour coming from our tents! Only entered in for a quick stop, but end of staying for an hour speaking to the lovely shop worker named Hanisa. Deep conversations are had in regards to spiritual healing, fear, environment, walking, ego and the rest of it. Before we know it its 2pm & we still have 15 miles to walk!

So we depart, and walk along the pavement along the A703, fast cars, trucks & motorbikes continuously pass us, but we grit & bear, as we know we have a rest tomorrow in a campsite just outside Edinburgh..

A road
A road