The Falls of Clyde classic, New Lanark

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This short walk along the Clyde from the World Heritage Site of New Lanark is a bona fide Scottish classic. Passing a powerful series of waterfalls as it passes up a beautiful wooded gorge before a more placid return route takes you through fields and woodland. The walk can be extended by following a waymarked additional route on the far side of the river. The route is also the final section of the Clyde Walk Way which finishes at the 4th waterfall, Bonnington Linn, although most walkers will then complete the loop described here to return to New Lanark.


Clear path with many steps and lots of short up and down sections. Care should be taken with children on boardwalk section next to river or above cliffs. Suggested return route is muddy but you could return via the outward route.

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Bus to New Lanark.


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