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This guided walk is led by Richard, a local history buff and a specialist in the history of the union canal. Along with Nim, who works on the RiverLife project who can talk a little about the recent work and the ecological joins between the canal and the river Almond. 
We’ll be staring at the Canal Car Park at the Almond Aquaduct, where the canal and river cross. From here we’ll follow the path along to meet the feeder, the channel that takes water from the river to the canal and follow this path through the valley and past the masonary tunnels that the feeder flows through. Richard will share with attendees the history of the canal and why its built in what seems like a very complex manner. 
We’ll eventually join the river again at a footbridge that carries the feeder over the river and into Almondell & Calderwood country park, where they’ll be the opportunity to stop for the loo. We’ll then finish the walk at the Mid Calder car park, where transport can take those who need to back to the canal car park. 
The walk will take approx. 2 hours, meeting at the car park for 11am and should finsihed and back at the start point by 2pm. The walk has some hill sections in but are generally quite small, as we follow the contours of the feeder, the path is mainly even underfoot but is unsrufaced for most of the way. There are a number of styes and a section of hill with steep ground at the very beginning. The walk is approx. 3.8km and would be suitable for people with a range of mobility. Please do get in touch if yourself or a loved one would like to enquire about suitability and accessibility. The event is open for children, but please bear in mind that the subject matter may not be sufficiently stimulating for them.