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Key things to note about this route section.

Distance:
13 miles, 20.8 km
Average time to complete:
5 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling

Description

East of Kilsyth the trail meets the Forth and Clyde Canal, which in John Muir’s time provided a busy shipping link between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Now the canals are cherished places to enjoy quiet fishing, cycling or just messing about on the water. If you’d like to relax and watch some wildlife, try visiting nearby Dumbreck Marsh, or if industrial heritage floats your boat, float off on the Falkirk Wheel which transports shipping from one canal to another.

Path Quality

The route follows good grass footpaths and towpaths along the canals.

Auchinstarry Canal Basin, Croy Station and Kilsyth Public Swimming Pool all have toilets for public use.

Alerts

Signage Issue at Falkirk Wheel

Waymarking of the John Muir Way around the Falkirk Wheel is currently affected due to work by Scottish Canals to replace signposts throughout the site.

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Points of interest

The Helix

The Helix has transformed almost 300 hectares, offering events, walks and new cycleways near the 30m-high landmark sculptures The Kelpies.

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Falkirk Wheel

Joining two canals across Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland's top tourist destinations and attracts visitors from all across the world.

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Falkirk Town Centre

There's more to Falkirk than the Kelpies and the Wheel! The town is steeped in history and boasts superb parks & gardens and a good selection of bistros & cafes.

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Falkirk High Railway Station

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Falkirk Grahamston Station

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Croy Railway Station

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Colzium Estate

Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.

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Camelon Railway Station

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Callendar Estate Cycle Trails

At Callendar Estate there is a network of single-track mountain bike trails to complement the walking and horse-riding routes already available. There are easy family-friendly routes through attractive woodland.

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Bonnyfield Nature Park LNR

Local Nature Reserve with mixed woodland, ponds and a wide range of wildlife.

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Bantaskine Estate Park

A great area for walks and runs, with walled gardens, picnic space and superb views of rolling hills and rivers.

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Facilities

  • The Milk Barn

    Artisan ice cream parlour and cafe

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  • Kilsyth's Selection Of Restaurants, Cafes And Take-Away Food.

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  • Falkirk's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

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  • Crumbs Take Away, Banknock

    01324 841144

  • Bonnybridge's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

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  • Body and Soul - Professional Massage

    Just 10 minutes walk off the Antonine Wall takes you into Dullatur where you can reward your feet with a Thai Foot Massage or relax with Swedish massage from Shellagh Bryce. Special offers for JMW users.

  • Balti Towers Take Away, Banknock

    01324 841842

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  • The Boat House

    Restaurant & accommodation
    01236 807480

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Accommodation

  • The Wishing Well Guest House

    07754 801202

  • The Wheel Caravan Park & Campsite

    Campsite With Static Caravans To Rent

    07872 574164

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  • The Orchard Hotel Bistro

    01324 624567

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  • The Glenskirlie House & Castle, Banknock

    01324 840201

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  • Spoke'n'Boot Camping Pods

    01324 671452

    07999 530095

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  • Parkmore Guest House

    01324 633 437

  • Graeme Hotel

    01324 628576

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  • Falkirk's Hotel And B&B Accommodation

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  • Darroch House B&B

    01324 623041

  • The Coachman Hotel

    01236 821649

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  • Castlecary House Hotel

    01324 840233

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  • Bonnybridge's Hotel And B&B Accommodation

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  • Best Western Park Hotel

    08457 767676

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  • Balgownie B&B

    01324 626528

  • Allanfauld Farm B&B

    B&B plus separate garden house

    01236 822 155

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  • Antonine Wall Cottages

    01324 876897

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  • The Boat House

    Restaurant & accommodation
    01236 807480

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  • Stoury Bothy

    07789 551707

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