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Lanark & the Falls of Clyde

3-4 Hours

Distance

7.5 Miles

Difficulty

Easy to moderate

Other info

Various paths, riverside tracks, boardwalk and forest paths.

Photo courtesy of Graeme McLeish

This is perhaps one of Lanark's most popular walks. It can be split into small sections and, energy permitting, can easily be accomplished in a morning or afternoon.

Highlights include the New Lanark and the multitude of waterfalls, weirs and gorges. Corehouse Nature Reserve on the West side of the river, although in comparison relatively unknown, offers a wealth of beautiful pathways, bridges, hidden lakes and mysterious ruins which are worth taking time to explore in their own right.

1 From Castlebank car park, walk past Castlebank House and then take the first path on the left marked Clyde Walkway. Follow the path, cross a small wooden footbridge and follow the river side track. Go down some steps to river level and a  small sandy beach, then up some steep steps to a platform with views of New Lanark and the Clyde. Continue following the path to New Lanark.

2 Walk towards the Visitor Centre and New Lanark Hotel and then onwards to the Scottish Wildlife Trust centre. Carry a little further on past The Mechanics Workshop to the first of the falls, Dundaff Linn. Turn up the stone steps on the left, following the signs to the Falls of Clyde. The path soon goes down some steps to reach the weir, where there's a lookout point.

3 Continue along a boardwalk until Mid Lodge (a well known roost for Pipistrelle bats) and then onwards past Bonnington Power Station on your right and massive hydro electric inlet tubes to your left. At this point the path splits into two. Take the right-hand path, which begins a steep climb and takes you into woodland and up some steps. You'll soon come to Corra Linn waterfall viewpoint (an excellent place to take a rest)

Photo courtesy of Graeme McLeish

4 Your path continues to the right, signposted 'Bonnington Linn, ¾ miles'. Follow the track until you pass an area that is fenced (April to August) to protect breeding peregrines. Along the path there are many viewing points for Bonnington Linn, however the best viewing point is over the weir bridge (turn right) in the Corehouse (Falls of Clyde) Nature Reserve

5 There are many paths and interesting features in the Corehouse reserve, the most straightforward path passes the ruin of Corra Castle (another famous bat roost). Continue walking by the river, cross a small footbridge, then follow the wide path through the woods. When you meet another path, turn right, this will take you to Kirkfield Road and then downhill to Kirkfieldbank.

6 At Kirkfieldbank Cross the newer larger bridge (built in 1959). The older bridge on your right is the 17th century Clydesholm Bridge. Continue up the hill (Kirkfieldbank Braes) until the turn off to the water purification plant (first turn off on right). Follow the rough path uphill at the entrance to the water purification plant. At the top of the path you will join St Patricks Road which leads directly to Castlebank Park.

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