John Davidson

Articles by John Davidson:

Lothian Walks – The Pentland Skyline

The Pentland Hills are special, not just for Edinburgh people – Stevenson’s Hills of Home – but for all who live in East West and Mid Lothian as well. They frame and enhance the view wherever you go. Streets are named after them in every town and village.

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Picnics in the Pentlands

The recurring, intractable problem faced by myself and other hill-walking fathers is hot to reconcile diverging goals within the family. For example, how to combine a picnic for small children with a walk for an energetic father; or how to head off discord between sons and daughters, who want respectively to race like mountain goats over every hill in sight, or simply to go for a walk.

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Winchburgh Walks

One of the challenges this winter has been to go out for a walk without getting soaked. In an effort to find a dry yet interesting walk with some variety to it, I recently went back to Winchburgh. I have written about Winchburgh before but this time I walked out to the south-west, made a loop around Craigtoun in the north-west and came back along the canal. I still came home with wet, muddy feet but it was largely my own fault!

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Edinburgh’s River

When, 50 years ago, I read out of curiosity the entry for Edinburgh in an ancient edition of the Larousse dictionary, I was astonished – “capitale de l’Écosse, située sur la Leith.” Nowadays, more realistically, it is “sur l’estuaire du Forth.” Yet at one time the role played by Edinburgh’s River, the Water of Leith, in the economy of the town and its surroundings was vital.

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The Coast East of North Berwick

Recently I went to North Berwick in East Lothian to walk the coast to the east of this popular town. Many people say it is not possible to walk from North Berwick to Dunbar – and that is certainly true at high tide.

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Lothian Walks – Lammer Law

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