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Discovering the joys of Scotland’s famed Union Canal as it celebrates its 200th anniversary

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  • The boisterous and welcoming MBK Canalside inn on Redding Road tells on one of its walls the tale of a tragedy in 1923 at the nearby Redding Colliery, where 40 men died when the mine flooded from old workings.
  • Pictured is a section of the waterway near the village of Ratho (file photo) Locks were filled in and the canal was silted up.
  • To reach its fenced-off remains you walk down a hill from the canal and through the heart of Linlithgow — a square known as The Cross.
  • Marking its 200th anniversary this year, the calmly winding Union Canal provides a smooth path for narrowboats to navigate — but there have been choppy waters in its history.

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