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A spate of Clyde waterfalls

A spate of Clyde waterfalls

Postby denfinella » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:05 pm

Route description: The Falls of Clyde classic, New Lanark

Date walked: 16/11/2015

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 230m

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It says something about the recent weather that Monday's forecast, with a prediction of frequent heavy showers and strong winds, seemed like one of the best days of the week. Hopefully that meant the Falls of Clyde would be worth seeing though... and they were.

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Heavy rain for most of the journey ceased just as we arrived at the car park. We hadn't visited New Lanark before (and still haven't gone inside), so were very impressed by the beautiful setting.


We passed through the complex following badger signs for the Falls of Clyde path. Heading into the woods there was one last view back to the mill buildings. The Clyde was a sight to behold - a roaring brown torrent of frothing water moving at a tremendous rate. The lowest of the three falls, Dundaff Linn, was hardly detectable amongst the raging rapids.


Past a weir:


Walkhighlands mentions that the boardwalk section is prone to flooding so it was no surprise to see the start of it submerged. Beyond though, it looked passable and the start proved to be the lowest section - all the rest was (just) above the water.


Onto the main event - Corra Linn. We could see the spray before the waterfall, not to mention the noise!


Rounding the corner took us to the main viewpoint for the falls - and... wow. What an amazing sight!


After spending a while taking in the view, we continued upriver, expecting the rest of the walk to be a bit of an anticlimax. The path climbed, giving a good view downstream:


The angry Clyde powered through a narrow gorge ahead:


View of the upper half of Corra Linn:




Bonnington Linn is the upper fall, and also turned out to be truly spectacular, albeit on a smaller scale than Corra Linn. First glimpse:


The views aren't ideal from this side of the river, but there's a bridge you can use to get over to the opposite bank just above the falls - luckily it's not this one.


View downstream from the bridge:


Right side of Bonnington Linn:


Looking down a small tributary just below the fall:


Soon after there were a series of viewpoints for the whole of Bonnington Linn - spray from the falls drenching us here.



Back the same way - the waterfalls are just stunning at the moment so get out there!
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