"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. Here is a sign 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!"