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The Water of Leith runs through the heart of Stockbridge and onto the Port of Leith where it widens into the old harbour and port at Shore Street, Leith supporting a vibrant dock and boat building industry, before joining the sea via The Firth of Forth.

It is 24 miles (35km) long and it's source is the Colzium Springs at Millstone Rig in the Pentland Hills. It was once the source of power to over 70 mills harnessing the power of the water to produce paper, fabric and flour.

The river is spanned by the dramatic arches of The Dean Bridge built in 1832 designed by famous civil engineer Thomas Telford which now carries traffic to Queensferry.

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust opened in 1988 and works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife. There is a walkway stretching 12.25 miles (19.6 km) along the banks of the river where walkers and cyclists can enjoy the natural beauty.

The river is full of brown trout and anglers can obtain a free licence from Edinburgh City Council. A haven for wildlife such as rabbits, squirrels and badger and even deer. As well as birds such as heron, kingfisher, dippers and goosander.


 
 

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