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We took a weekend walk along the Water of Leith to Dean Village - which is one of the most picturesque spots in Edinburgh. I wasn't planning a Steller story - I'd have taken more photos if I had been 🤦🏻‍♀️ - but it was a bright (albeit chilly) and sunny spring-like day, and as it's been a while since I've shared some sunshine here, I thought I'd share just a few photos from this walk.

Well Court was commissioned in 1884 by J.R. Finlay, who was the proprietor of The Scotsman newspaper at the time, to provide housing for the village workers. The architect was Sydney Mitchell. The building featuring the clock tower was originally the community hall.

The history of Dean Village can be traced back to the 12th century. The word Dean (or 'Dene') means a deep valley, and this was once a busy industrial village with eleven mills powered by the fast flowing water.

The Dean Bridge, built 1831-2

It's doesn't matter how often you walk along this stretch of the Water of Leith, your eye is always drawn to St Bernard's Well. Designed by the landscape painter Alexander Nasmyth in 1789, the statue represents the Greek goddess of health, Hygeia.

Thank you for joining us on this short #stellerwalk. At long last, it's feeling like spring...

#stellerwalk #stelleruk

  • Tinalouise

    Real pretty place

  • rg117

    What a delightful story...beautiful buildings captured in this moment of time.

  • GaGePetSitting

    Really nice place and photos, glad you compiled a story

  • photoski

    Looks lovely

  • fritzchen

    Great !!! Look at my stories

  • jordanfoy

    Looks a great place

  • wulan_dewi_sunu

    @copperline I really like the red bricks buildings, thanks for sharing this 🙏

  • copperline

    Thanks @jordanfoy it's such a tucked away gem in the city. And thanks for the share! ✌🏻

  • copperline

    Hi @wulan_dewi_sunu 👋🏻 and yes, the red stone is beautiful right? Really distinctive. Glad you enjoyed this!

  • copperline

    It's a really interested wee area in the city @photoski - so tucked away! There used to be a great walk from here along the Water of Leith but part of the path has been closed - which we miss now as it was kinda magical on a bright day.

  • copperline

    Thank you @rg117 - I wasn't sure there was enough here to share so I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Really beautiful buildings - and nothing else quite like them in the city.

  • copperline

    Thank you @GaGePetSitting and thanks for reading this one. Such lovely buildings here. Must do a story in different weather showing a few more buildings - very atmospheric in mist!

  • copperline

    It really is @Tinalouise - there's a beautiful walk from Dean Village along the Water of Leith but part of it has been closed, which is a shame as it was the loveliest summer walk!

  • Leontine

    How many history around. Beautiful. A special kiss to H.

  • annld60

    Fiona this is a gorgeous story so happy you shared it 💕💕🌿

  • copperline

    Thank you so much @annld60 👋🏻 I sometimes worry that a story feels too small, but those are often the stories that people connect most with! 😀

  • 5ftinf

    I love your walks!! 👌✨

  • copperline

    Gosh, @5ftinf thanks for all the shares! And yes, there are some good walks in this neck of the woods... my favourite is coming up - whenever I get finished editing photos from this weekend! 🙈

  • ckinsella_photo

    My boyfriend recently bought a flat on the shore and I am down from Aberdeen alllll the time and still have to find the time to visit dean village! It looks so pretty! 😻

  • copperline

    You will love Dean Village @ckinsella_photo - there are so many photo spots! You used to be able to walk all the way along the Water of Leith from Dean Village but there was a landslide (I think?) and the path was deemed unsafe - which is a shame as this whole walk was sooooo lovely!

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