Sign at Straiton Road

Local Nature Reserve Sign  -  Straiton Pond

  Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  August 12, 2011


Straiton Pond Local Nature Reserve

Thank you to Bob Henderson for writing to tell me that the pond mentioned on the sign above used to be a working sandpit, known as Dirty Dick's.

Bob wrote:

Dirty Dick's

"When I was a boy in the late-1940s and early-1950s, Dirty Dick's was a working sandpit.

It's now a pond in a Local Nature Reserve.  The sign above is on Straiton Road, just south of the Edinburgh By-Pass.  Follow the path from this sign and it takes you to  the pond.

Dirty Dick's had very steep high sides with a steep sloping mass of loose sand at the bottom of the sheer drop.  We used to jump from the top down into the slopes.  I sometimes wonder how we survived to tell these tales!"

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  August 12, 2011 (3 emails)