Between 14th - 18th October, I made a cycle trip along the John Muir Way from Balloch to Dunbar. It was a chance to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Scottish Canals and a series of woodlands that were full of autumn colours. The days were dry and sunny. I had overnight stays in Blanefield, Falkirk, South Queensferry and Longniddry.
Litter issues are a concern for the communities on the John Muir Way, especially at Blackness and Dunbar. Specific local signs to discourage littering were on display.
Blackness, Firth of Forth
On the route, there was evidence of interest in food growing as there were community garden projects in place. In Falkirk, there are raised beds with kitchen vegetables in the main shopping area. On the Water of Leith Walkway, I found raised beds growing vegetables and flowers.
Edinburgh - Balgreen Community Garden
I came across wildflower meadows at several places including Saughton Park and Davidson Mains Park in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh - Davidson Mains Park
This cycling experience has developed my knowledge of the natural heritage of Central Scotland. Also, I was able to access iconic features of our landscape such as the Falkirk Wheel and Forth Railway Bridge.