Hike Forth & Clyde Canal, West of Scotland
Today, taking advantage of the fourth consecutive day of an unusual run of dry and sunny days I undertook a five mile hike from Clydebank to Maryhill, Glasgow, along the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal.
Background information on the canal
- The Forth & Clyde Canal was completed in 1790, linking the east and west coasts of Scotland between Grangemouth and Bowling covering a distance of 35 miles.This was during the early industrial period when roads were poor and railways had yet to dominate the transport scene.
- For part of it’s route, the canal follows the line of the 2nd century AD Antonine Wall built by the Romans.
- Along the canal are 39 locks and the 123m long, Kelvin Aqueduct.
- The canal originally served the iron, chemical, timber, boat building and coal industries.
- The canal was closed to navigation in 1963 but re-opened in 2001. It is now principally a leisure resource.
Along the way i was fortunate to encounter: the Maryhill Lock Basin, River Kelvin, watery reflections, a houseboat, tufted ducks,a couple friendly locals, an angler, numerous locks, a couple of friendly bulldogs, a swan, floating restaurant and a busker. Overall, an excellent trip.
Floating restaurant at Clydebank
Kilpatrick Hills in distance were formed 340m years ago from basaltic lava flows
Locks (not lochs)
Maryhill Lock Basin, 156 feet above sea level