Forth & Clyde Canal Evening Walk - Stage 4
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We plan to run these at four-weekly intervals during the spring and summer months, interspersed with a similar series of walks along the Union Canal in the east.
Completed in 1790 to link the east and west coasts of Scotland, the Forth & Clyde Canal is approximately 35 miles (56 km) in length. After falling into disuse in the 1960s, having succumbed to more modern means of transport, the Forth and Clyde Canal Society was formed in the 1980s and eventually succeeded in a campaign for the canal's restoration as part of the Millenium Link project, which also saw the canal reconnected to the Union Canal by means of a boat lift (The Falkirk Wheel).
Our fourth leg of the series will take us from the Stables Bar through Kirkintilloch town centre to the Auchinstarry Basin, near Kilsyth, finishing at nearby Croy station where we can catch a train back into town.
What to bring
The walk is on well surfaced towpaths so no special equipment is required to participate in the walk. However if the weather has been wet, the path may be muddy in places, so it would be a good idea to wear sturdy shoes or trainers and of course bring waterproofs in case of the inevitable!
Food & drink
There will not be time for any food stops during the walk, so if possible please have your evening meal before the start of the walk or have something to eat en route if catching the bus to the start. You may wish to bring something to drink and a snack to eat on the move during the walk. If there is time, we may include a pub stop at the Auchinstarry Marina near the end of the walk.