Canals are flat

Date walked: 21/05/2017

Time taken: 5 days

Distance: 101km

The Forth and Clyde/Union Canals are really interesting. Each day of walking brought something interesting and different, lots of water birds. beautiful trees, lovely old bridges.

However it is in reality a long flat walk. There are very few places to rest weary feet let alone have a pee, the cyclists (especially around Glasgow and Edinburgh) are legion and sadly the usual large proportion of them are fast and aggresive and seem to have forgotten how to use a bell. Moreover the going is hard underfoot particularly on the longer stretches and the lack of places to rest exacerbates this.

In the sun though you forget this and for the most part it was great to see things that you would not normally stop to look at. Even Bings can be lovely in the sunshine.

Probably best to do it on spring or autumn sunny days when you don't want to risk the mud going off track or are warming up for something else.
Glad I did it though.
Oh and the last 500m is closed at the moment as they are relaying it in very fancy paving beside a new waterside development.

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Comments: 1

8 years without a Munro and then 3 come along at once

Attachment(s) Munros: Càrn a' Ghèoidh, Càrn Aosda, The Cairnwell
Date walked: 16/07/2016
Distance: 14.32km
Ascent: 595m
Views: 1223

Who said there is no such thing as bad weather?

Attachment(s) Date walked: 09/07/2016
Distance: 32km
Ascent: 832m
Views: 823

Best to avoid until mid July!

Attachment(s) Date walked: 18/06/2016
Distance: 15km
Views: 1813

Not one for a wet day

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cairn Table
Date walked: 06/06/2016
Distance: 9.72km
Ascent: 339m
Views: 1510

A little bit of History

Date walked: 04/06/2016
Distance: 12.08km
Ascent: 185m
Views: 1185

Perfect for a sunny summer's day

Date walked: 29/05/2016
Distance: 16.83km
Ascent: 102m
Views: 1155

Castle Semple

Date walked: 15/05/2016
Distance: 7.08km
Ascent: 75m
Views: 1224

Glasgow Murals trail

Date walked: 14/05/2016
Distance: 10.75km
Ascent: 72m
Views: 1301

Classic Island Scenery

Attachment(s) Date walked: 01/05/2016
Distance: 4.5km
Views: 933


Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Ben Lui
Place: Glasgow
Gear: walking poles
Member: historic scotland
Ideal day out: Epic ridge walk but getting a bit old for that now

Munros: 49
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub 2000: 3
Long Distance routes: West Highland Way    Forth & Clyde and Union canal towpath    Great Glen Way    St Cuthbert's Way   

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Distance: 101 km


Trips: 10
Distance: 134.94 km
Ascent: 2200m
Munros: 3
Sub2000s: 1

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Last visited: May 05, 2021
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