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.......................... Canal Walk................7 km of 13 km..o............... licht


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This short walk ( 7 km) connects the stunning tourist attractions of the
Falkirk Wheel
boat lift and the Kelpies equine (paardachtige) structures
on the historic Forth & Clyde Canal.

Starting at the Falkirk Wheel – an immense rotating lift that connects
boats to the Union Canal – you’ll wind through the outskirts of Falkirk
on a section of the newly opened Queen Elizabeth II Canal, which forms
the eastern gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal.

This waterway was given the royal seal of approval in the summer of
2017, when it was officially open by the Queen and the
Duke of Edinburgh, and is regarded as one of the most complex
waterways ever constructed in Scotland.

If the start at the Falkirk Wheel is impressive, the sight of the Kelpies is
mindblowing. The 30-metre high horse-head structures weigh 300
tonnes each and are the largest equine
(= paardachtige) structures in
the world.
The statues celebrate the impact of horses on Scottish industrial history
– pulling wagons, ploughs and barges – and are located in The Helix
parkland, which is a great pace to explore at the end of the walk.

• Start: Falkirk Wheel... Finish: The Kelpies.

Parking Area: Kelpies car park, The Helix, Grangemouth FK2 7ZT

Artikel in The Scotsman (newspaper):
(Zij stellen voor om heen en weer te lopen vanuit de Kelpies.)

AT ITS eastern end, the Forth and Clyde Canal passes
through some industrial areas, but there are enough
trees and wildlife
(most noticeably swans, but heron and roe deer can
also be seen) to make it a pleasant stroll.

The fact that industrial heritage is now a tourist attraction would
probably seem strange to the people who built the canal at the
end of the 19th century. But the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies –
the 100 foot high Andy Scott sculptures – allow for a great mix of
canalside walking and interest.

Starting the walk at the Kelpies – designed as a monument to
the horse power used by Scotland across its history – means the
adjacent Helix park can be visited afterwards, which is especially
good for families on a sunny day. Here there is a lagoon with
boat hire as well as a large playground and water park
(be prepared to get wet).

At the halfway point of the walk, the Falkirk Wheel is a more
established attraction, having been opened by the Queen in 2002.
It is the world’s only fully rotating boat lift and links the
Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.
It is welcoming coach loads of visitors, and is a great example
of how industrial ingenuity and nature can make a good spectacle.

DISTANCE: 13 km ( 2 keer bijna 7 km).

HEIGHT CLIMBED: negligible.

TIME: 3 to 4 hours.

PARK: At the Kelpies car park.
.......... Turn off the A9 north of Falkirk Football Club’s stadium and
.......... follow the signs to the end of the access road.

IN SUMMARY Cross the entrance road to the car park to reach the
Forth and Clyde Canal and go right, towards the Kelpies.
When you get close to the huge sculptures bear right to walk
between them before crossing the water either by a lock gate or
low wooden bridge and turning left.
(It is worth taking time to walk all the way round the structures
before continuing.)

Once behind some brown wooden huts, cross the canal by a lock
gate and turn left – you are now following the towpath on the
other side of the canal, which leads to the Falkirk Wheel.
Don’t cross any lock gates as you make your way along and stay
by the canal – except when roads have to be crossed or one
section where steps lead up to a railway bridge and back down
to the towpath.

The Falkirk Wheel is only seen at the last minute.
To reach it cross a wooden bridge marked “09”.
Take time to explore the engineering feat before retracing your
steps to the start.

REFRESH There is a cafe at the Kelpies and one at the
Falkirk Wheel, as well as a couple of canalside eateries and pubs.

The Falkirk Wheel visitor centre and a boat trip on the wheel
itself is
an enjoyable way to break the walk (www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk).
Or explore more of the Helix park next to the Kelpies with
pedaloes, canoes and kayaks on its lagoon, as well as the
(wet and dry) playgrounds (www.thehelix.co.uk).

The Outdoor Guide verdict (= oordeel):
Two iconic landmarks
(= markante objecten) celebrating Scottish
industrial history in one short but spectacular walk through this busy
lowland town.

• Falkirk Wheel boat lift.

• The Kelpies equine structures.

Verdere info:


.. Zij parkeren bij Kelpies car park en lopen heen en weer ( = 13 km)


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