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Scotland's Great Trails

The Clyde Walkway

The Clyde Walkway is some 40miles/65 km long, running between Partick in Glasgow and New Lanark in South Lanarkshire. It was created as a joint enterprise by the Glasgow City, South Lanarkshire, and North Lanarkshire Councils. Unlike other long distance paths it is close to urban centres with easy access to public transport, but even so good walking boots and suitable clothing is recommended.

The route begins in the bustling heart of the city and ends in a spectacular gorge complete with waterfalls. Its western terminus was once one of the busiest ports in the British Empire and its second city. Its eastern terminus is the New Lanark World Heritage Site, and there are a great number of places of interest to explore along the way. Those interested in very long walks can link the Glasgow end with the West Highland Way by using the Kelvin Walkway to Milngavie.

Stage descriptions Length Time Done
1: Glasgow to Cambuslang 13.5km 3 - 4 hours
2: Cambuslang to Strathclyde Loch 16.5km 4 - 5 hours
3: Strathclyde Loch to Maudslie 12.5km 3 - 4 hours
4: Maudslie Bridge to New Lanark 13.5km 3 - 4 hours
5: Falls of Clyde and New Lanark 6km 1.5 - 2 hours

THE CHALLENGE

The route is partially waymarked and offers generally straightfoward walking. Paths can be muddy in places and some waymarkers are missing, although the route is still being improved. In winter some sections can flood but an alternative is available.

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ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICES ALONG THE WAY

Most walkers make use of public transport when tackling the Clyde Walkway, but there is overnight accommodation available for those walking the route in a single journey.

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and obviously has a vast range of hotels and guest houses. There are also several hostels.

Motherwell also has hotels and is close by Strathclyde loch.

The closest accommodation to Maudslie Bridge is the Popinjay Hotel at Rosebank.

Finally there are Hotels at New Lanark and in nearby Lanark. There is also a SYHA hostel at New Lanark.

BOOKS AND MAPS

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

There are good public transport links for much of the Clyde Walkway, with train stations at Partick, Cambuslang, Uddingston, Motherwell and Lanark.

Buses also serve most of the way, the one minor difficulty being Maudslie Bridge; the nearest stop to here is Rosebank which has a service between Hamilton and Lanark.

Timetables for all the routes can be found on Traveline Scotland.

Users' walk reports for the Clyde Walkway

There are 75 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Clyde Walkway. To record if you have completed the route, you must register and be logged in. Our users have contributed 4 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.

Title AuthorDate walked Likes
  03/04/2017  2
  01/10/2008  2
  12/09/2015  0
  25/03/2010  0

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