The Falls of Clyde is one of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s most breathtaking reserves. A visitor attraction for hundreds of years, the reserve has been host to an assortment of artists and poets including the likes of Turner and Wordsworth.
Today the reserve is home to over one hundred species of birds, including resident peregrine falcons, dippers that are regularly seen outside the Visitor Centre and kingfishers along the boardwalk.
The ancient gorge woodland has been shaped over 10,000 years and is now classed as a National Nature Reserve. In autumn, the woodland looks particularly spectacular with all its changing colours, while winter is an excellent time to see the three falls in spate.
This three-mile walk will take you along the Cylde Walkway from New Lanark to the top of the reserve at Bonnington Linn. Make sure to cross the bridge and view the waterfall from the viewpoint on the other side of the Clyde. The walk should take between one and a half to two hours to complete, and there are steep sections and steps in places.
Start at the Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre. From here head right under the archway and left up the concrete steps. Then follow the signs for the red waymarked route up to the right and through the two archways. This marks the beginning of the reserve and from here you will follow the red Clyde Walkway route alongside the river up to Bonnington Linn viewpoint.
|Start / Finish||Falls of Clyde (NS881423)|
|Nearest town||New Lanark|
|Duration||1.5 to 2 hours|
|Rating||Medium with some steep slopes and steps|
|Good for||Spectacular waterfalls, peregrine, badger, bats|
|If you are lucky||Kingfisher|
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