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A picture taken yesterday during one of my weekly walks with friends, this time of a group of lady ramblers who had paused here in front of the Avon Aqueduct, trying to decide in which direction to continue.

We had walked from Muiravonside Park near here and followed the River Avon to Linlithgow (the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots) - where we had stopped in a pub for a sandwich and a pint of beer - and returned following the Union Canal across the aqueduct, a distance of about 10 Km.

We stopped to speak to these ladies and I took the opportunity of taking a quick photograph of them. Behind them you can see the flights of wooden steps which lead down to the River Avon and then upwards under the aqueduct to come out at the top of the aqueduct which you can then cross by means of a towpath at the side of the canal.

The Avon Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct on the Union Canal near Linlithgow, West Lothian. It is 810 feet (250 m) long and 86 feet (26 m) high; it is the longest and tallest aqueduct in Scotland, and the second longest in Britain (after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales). It was built after a design by Thomas Telford, there are twelve arches, and the water is carried in a cast iron trough on either side of which there is a cobbled towpath.

Taken with my wife's Canon G10 compact camera which is a lot lighter to carry on these walks than my SLR!

You can see a larger version on "beta" TE here.

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