Urban Walks: Sensory

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Urban Walks: Sensory

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 09:30 to 12:30
Room G37, Centre for Open Learning Paterson's Land

Taking a sensory walk in the city can make you more aware of aspects of urban life that you might otherwise miss. You become more aware of the pace of people, traffic and everyday activity. It can make more obvious the rhythms, motions, sounds, smells and textures of the city that you might otherwise miss. You may become more alert to incidents and incidental conversations. The first step in sensory walking is to slow right down. Slow walking sounds easy...but it can take a bit of practice!


Experience the art of walking during this fantastic workshop and walking tour around historic Edinburgh. After an introduction to walking as an artistic activity and a demonstration on how to record your walk using a notebook or your mobile phone, you will be guided through Edinburgh where you will use your senses to experience the city like never before!


Dry day route: Thomson’s Land → Old Tolbooth Wynd → Regent Road via path for Calton Road → Calton Hill to summit → Regent Road → Calton Road via Jacob’s Ladder → New Street → High Street → Thomson’s Land.

Wet day route: Thomson’s Land → Old Tolbooth Wynd → Calton Road → Waverley Station → Waverley Bridge → Cockburn Street → Cockburn Street Arcade → High Street → Thomson’s Land.

Participants should meet in Room G37 in Paterson's Land at the start of the workshop, before heading out as a group during the latter part of the session.

Event and Ticket Information

The event is free and open to the public, as well as staff and students at the University of Edinburgh. This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. If you have any accessibility needs, please let our friendly team know in advance of the event by emailing col@ed.ac.uk or calling 0131 650 4400.

This event is hosted as part of the Festival of Creative Learningat the University of Edinburgh. For a similar event, please see Urban Walk: Algorithmic.