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Another little picture taken three days ago during one of my regular weekly walks with friends. This day was misty and wet and here we had walked across the Avon Aqueduct by way of the cobbled towpath you can see on the right - and we watched as two young fellows navigated their narrowboat along the Union canal which crosses the aqueduct. We were heading east towards the town of Linlithgow about 4 Km away.

Here is a picture taken a few moments earlier as the boat approaches us.

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 between 1819 and 1821 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.

Here you can see a previous photograph of the Avon Aqueduct from below as it crosses the valley of the River Avon.

If you look at Map: view you can actually drag Google's little yellow man down to the towpath and take a virtual "walk" across the aqueduct and beyond.

ISO 400, 1/400 sec at f/6.3, focal length 18mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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