Falkirk Tunnel Experience

In my last post Hello September – What Mischief Can We Get Up To? I mentioned that I was attending a walking theatre performance at The Falkirk Tunnel and that I would be posting about it today (Thursday). At first when I started to plan & write the post. I focused on the event itself. Telling the story about The Union Canal, The Falkirk Tunnel and of Burke and Hare. I had the post scheduled and ready to be published, but I wasn’t totally happy with it, or excited about the piece. Mainly because it wasn’t like anything I had shared before.

I deleted the post and began to rack my brain for inspiration of what I actually wanted to share about the experience with my lovely readers. I thought about what parts of the evening should I focus on, should I stick with the history of the canal and tunnel? or the story of the infamous Burke and Hare? There is a lot og information readily available online (If you are interested in reading more about the canal, tunnel and Burke & Hare, I will leave links at the bottom of this post).

After chatting with the husband he suggested that I write about the how I coped with the experience being visually impaired and disabled. Which is exactly what I am going to do.

The walk to the starting point wasn’t as far as I thought it was going to be. Although it wasn’t sign posted and thankfully one of the members of staff approached up and told us where to wait until it was time to start. When the performance began it was along a public footpath which was more of less even. We did go off to the side next to a tree but that ground was a squishy thanks to the rain we were having.

As we were led towards to entrance of the tunnel I began to feel a little nervous as it is very dark. There are lights but mostly at the water side not along the path itself. Making the visibility not that great. As for the path it is fairly narrow up against a wall of solid rock that jags out here and there. One half of the path is cobble like with the other half more like concrete which I’m assuming was added on a later date. The tunnel is pretty damp with water falling from the ceiling, meaning that the path was sloppy and because I was unable to see where I was going until I adjusted to the dark I held on to a friend for stability and so she could guide me and stop me from hitting into the rocks.

Once we got out of the tunnel my eyes adjusted to the day light, I was able to see that the path was a little wider and I no longer need to hold on to my friend.

As for my fibromyalgia it was a lot of walking, I think in total we walked about 2 miles which was along footpaths but up and down hills. It was safe to say that by the time I got home I was tired and my body was aching from all the walking.

All in all it was a good experience but one that I would not be doing on my own, or at night. Sadly because the path is narrow inside the tunnel I wouldn’t recommend it for wheelchair users.

To read about the Burke and Hare story check out this article on Wikipedia.

For more details of the route we walked check out the Walk Highlands website

Have you visited The Falkirk Tunnel what did you think of it?

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