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Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameGlasgow to Falkirk Wheel
Distance : miles (km)32  (51.50)
Posted Byhappy
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationSECC
End Location
Cycle Steps
Starting in Glasgow at Bell's Bridge head on to the Forth and Clyde canal path.
Heading along this canal path you will pass smaller towns such as Bishopbriggs, and then shortly after Cawder golf club.
Another few miles along, there is quite often canal boats situated here, just outside the Stables Pub, just as you cross under Kirkintilloch road.
Another 2 miles and you will come into Kirkintilloch town centre. At this point you have to come off the path briefly, cross a main road and down the other side to continue.
Continuing on the canal path for a further 4 miles you will eventually come into Kilsyth. There is few good challenges in Kilsyth too, especially the Tak-Ma-Doon road.
Continuing through Kilsyth on the canal path, for a further 7 miles you will eventually come to the Falkirk wheel. There is a restaurant here, so if you are turning around and going back it would be best to get something to eat at this point.
At this point you can continue on to Edinburgh, but there is another route for this.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Falkirk Wheel, Stables Pub, Cawder Golf Course, SECC, Kirkintilloch

Your comments?
posted by:marcmcfRating : difficult :
I done this route yesterday, i really enjoyed it. Its canal paths all the way as i started at speirs wharf. It was a very wet day and i still enjoyed it so im planning to do it on a dry day next time. Didnt encounter much broken glass either wich is always a bonus.

posted by:thetrekkerRating : difficult :
Cycled this route yesterday and found it quite easy going. Started at Stockinfield in Maryhill and enjoyed the journey. Good day for cycling and stopped at Stables for a well deserved Bulmers on the way back. Good calorie burn and the Antonine Wall is next on the list. Enjoy to all.

posted by:skiierRating : difficult :
Did this cycle last weekend but started at Bowling, very easy, very enjoyable

posted by:HarrietRating : difficult :
I did this route today, starting at Maryhill (does anyone know the distance from Maryhill to the Falkirk wheel by the way?) I am a beginner cyclist and it was my first ride of this length and I only found the last 2 miles challenging. Really good fun and beautiful scenery.

posted by:StuartRating : difficult :
32 miles - we are doing there and back on Sunday 64 miles here we go!

posted by:slaminbRating : difficult :
good one for the kids, be good to do it without to see how long it would really take...

posted by:Mountain Bike TyresRating : difficult :
Great day for a nice leisurely cycle, and plenty of places to stop for food and drinks. Not entirely convinced that this was 32 miles though; has it been measured?

posted by:paul Rating : difficult :
its 35 miles from bowling to falkirk wheel

posted by:ishbelRating : difficult :
hi we cycled from falkirk wheel to spiers wharf and back stopping at the stables and bonnybirdge pub for well earned drink. was very enjoyable day although tired at the end but fun

posted by:annieslandmissileRating : difficult :
This is really good cycle 1. Because its totally traffic free 2. Being on the canal its totally flat 3. Nice places to stop at on route such as The Stables pub/restaurant, Auchenstarry Boat House, Passage to India and so on. Why not continue and go all the way to Edinburgh

posted by:shaneRating : difficult :
Did the Glasgow to Falkirk wheel route the other day. It was a normal wet day and found once you get past Kirkintilloch the path becomes very stoney, and very muddy and at parts the path narrows into a foot path. At points we left the cyclepath to use the main road. Not sure if it improves on a rare dry day but certainly you would need to attempt it on a mountain or cyclocross bike.

posted by:Trevor CampbellRating : difficult :
Question - Is this route suitable for a road bike

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