New Lanark World Heritage Site - Falls of Clyde

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This lovely walk starts from the World Heritage Site of New Lanark and gradually rises through a green and gorgeous gorge along the Clyde Walkway to reach the Falls of Clyde and Bonnington Weir.

En route you pass the Scottish Wildlfe Trust's Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlfe Reserve and the peregrine falcon hide. Return is made either along the same 'white' route or by diverting onto a longer 'blue' route. Distances are about four and five miles respectively.

The gorge walk may be combined if desired with a visit to the New Lanark World Heritage Site, consisting of sandstone cotton mills which, under the management of Robert Owen (1771–1858), an enlightened social pioneer, provided workers with good homes, fair wages, free health care and an education system including the world's first nursery school. Surely he was a man ahead of his time!

Now, for an inclusive entrance fee of £5 (May 2007) one may visit the former mills, which have been restored as a living community. One may wander around the visitor centre, see Robert Owen's house, the school, church, old village store and a millworker's house and visit the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, cafe, coffee shop and giftshop. One may also sample time-travel with The Millennium Experience! Since 2009 Scotland's largest roof garden at 9,000 square feet may be viewed year-round atop New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Information for Wheelchair Users: the world heritage site complex is user-friendly.

Information for Dog Owners: dogs should be on a leash on the walk.

Scotland - South Scotland - South Lanarkshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
8/26/2018 - Louise Farrington

Lovely walk along the river, some slight hills but nothing too strenuous

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