Dan Hobson

Discover Scottish heritage on a riverside hike — Clyde Walkway

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Discover Scottish heritage on a riverside hike — Clyde Walkway

Hiking Collection by Dan Hobson

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

40.6 mi

1,625 ft

1,050 ft

The Clyde Walkway takes you on a sublime riverside journey from the vibrant Victorian heart of Glasgow to the thundering Falls of Clyde, via a landscape that is alive with Scottish culture and breathtaking-beauty.

Starting in the west of Glasgow, the trail follows the River Clyde south east for its entire 40-mile (65-km) duration, exploring spellbinding-scenery and important sites that reveal the cultural, natural, and industrial heritage of the Clyde Valley.

The attractions come thick-and-fast on this route. Glasgow, of course, has plenty to see. Other highlights include the 13th-century ruins of Bothwell Castle, the stunning Strathclyde Loch and country park, the UNESCO World Heritage village of New Lanark, and the Falls of Clyde, which crash spectacularly through a wooded wildlife reserve.

The Clyde Walkway is leisurely throughout. The trail is generally flat (final stage aside), well-maintained, and is waymarked. Whilst there are significant sections on hard surfaces, there is a good proportion of walking on a more natural terrain, too.

You can walk the trail in any direction and both have their merits. If you choose north west to south east, as shown in this Collection, the scenery becomes more rural with every step and you make an epic finish on the Falls of Clyde. That said, the other direction is essentially a gradual downhill followed by level walking and finishes in a city, which makes finding accommodation super-easy.

In this Collection, I split the route into three stages; the first two are 15 miles (24 km) and the final one is nearly 11 miles (18 km). Accommodation and public transport links are great along this trail, so you can conveniently tailor the itinerary.

In Scotland, you can also wild camp, so long as it is practised responsibly under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code: outdooraccess-scotland.scot/practical-guide-all/camping.

Getting to the start of the route is easy as Glasgow has fantastic public transport links. At the end, you simply need to catch a train from Lanark to Glasgow.

For more information about the Clyde Walkway, visit: southlanarkshire.gov.uk/downloads/download/258/clyde_walkway.
For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    06:13
    15.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this first stage, the River Clyde leads you through the heart of Glasgow, a city hailed for Victorian architecture, friendly people, and a vibrant atmosphere.With minimal ascent and descent, the 15.1 miles (24.3 km) on this stage should be challenging but manageable. There are a lot of hard-surfaces too, which aid pace but can be tough on the feet.

  • Difficult
    06:11
    14.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    425 ft
    375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You leave the urban landscape behind as the Clyde winds into gentle countryside scattered with crumbling castles, historic sights, and pretty lochs.Similarly to the previous stage, the distance is …

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    10.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final stage explores the former horticultural centre of Scotland, visits the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, and makes an epic finish overlooking the Falls of Clyde.Whilst this stage has double the amount of climbing as the last two stages (800 feet / 244 m) and is predominantly uphill, at 10.7 miles (17.2 km), it has considerably less distance, meaning you can savour the scenery.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    40.6 mi
  • Duration
    17:00 h
  • Elevation
    1,625 ft1,050 ft

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Discover Scottish heritage on a riverside hike — Clyde Walkway