A LITTLE WALK
This walk is almost 5 miles long. The walk itself would take you
almost two hours, but given that you will want to stop and look
at things, visit attractions and watering-holes, then it could
take half a day. Or longer - there's no rush folks, so
just relax. While well signposted and easy to follow, I always
maintain that you should carry a map. The map you should carry
is the Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet 65, 'Falkirk &
Linlithgow', 1:50000 scale, or one-and-a-quarter inches to a
We start at Falkirk High railway station. You'll see signs
pointing towards the Union Canal. Head for the Union Canal and
follow signs pointing to the Falkirk Wheel. The canal path will
lead you towards some locks, through Roughcastle Tunnel, and
arrive at the Falkirk Wheel. Feel free to phew and gasp aloud at
the wonderful structure that sits before you. Heck, pop in and
pay it a visit. There's no rush.
When you're ready, leave the Falkirk Wheel and follow the Forth
& Clyde Canal path in the direction of Falkirk (again,
signposting is good). You'll soon see the
, and a short
distance after that you'll pass the
. Both are glorious
old inns that are worthy of a look. You may rest your legs and
wet your whistle.
Not long after the
the canal path reaches a roundabout
and some roads. You'll see a tall red brick chimney. Leave the
canal here and follow signs leading you along a road to Falkirk.
If you haven't had fun then I would advise seeing your doctor as
you may well be suffering from a small dose of death.