I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of Edinburgh and one of my favourite places to walk is very close by.
The Union Canal, with today's length of 31 miles (50 km), was built as a contour canal, following the 240 feet (73 m) contour throughout its length, thereby avoiding the delay due to locks, at the expense of some prodigious civil engineering structures. It was originally 32 miles in length, running to Port Hopetoun basin in Edinburgh from the junction at Falkirk. The Edinburgh terminal was a basin in the space between Semple Street and Lothian Road, south of Morrison Street. The final mile has been truncated and the Edinburgh terminal is now at Lochrin Basin in Tollcross, adjacent to Fountainbridge.
I regularly walk along its towpath. To the ast is leads towards Tollcross and the city centre and to the west it leads towards Ratho or take a path which branches off towards Colinton Dell and Balerno.