The Falls of Clyde, New Lanark

Best experienced after a period of sustained rainfall, this section of the River Clyde is pretty spectacular. Starting in the historical village of New Lanark, the track forms the last section of the Clyde Walkway and is basically a woodland walk with viewpoints to the waterfalls along the river, the most photographed of these being Corra Linn which plunges down 26m over the rocks!

Technical sheet No. 23412909

A South Lanarkshire walk posted on 28/06/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 29/09/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.92 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 119 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 125 m
Highest point Highest point : 181 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 116 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : South Lanarkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.663498° / W 3.77822°
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Lower Falls of Clyde Corra Linn

Description

Start : New Lanark World Heritage Site car park (ML11 9DB). Grid Ref. NS 88033 42567

(D/A) From the main car park for the New Lanark World Heritage Site, follow a footpath leading downhill past an information board.

At the bottom of the hill turn left (South East) to reach New Lanark Road. You will start to see badger signs saying “Follow me to the Falls of Clyde”.

(1) Turn left (South East) along New Lanark Road for 100m, past the war memorial and a red phone box and then turn right (South West), through some gates and down some steps then across a footbridge, arriving in front of the entrance to the cafe.

(2) Turn left (South East), passing a picnic area. When you reach Robert Owen's School keep left at a fork and follow the path along past an office building.

(3) Go through a gap in the wall and into the woods. Choose the paths closest to the River Clyde, following the boardwalk and stopping off at several viewpoints along the way to admire the waterfalls.

(4) After approx 700m you will arrive at the buildings and pipes which form Corra Linn Substation. Keep right (South) at a fork to head back into the woods and up some steps.

(5) Continue to follow the trails closest to the River Clyde, gently uphill for the next 1.5km to reach Bonnington Linn Weir. Along the way you will experience several sets of steps and a number of viewpoints just off the path, including the most popular one overlooking the spectacular Corra Linn waterfall.

(6) From Bonnington Linn Weir, retrace your steps back to the main car park for the New Lanark World Heritage Site (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 166 m - New Lanark World Heritage Site car park (ML11 9DB)
1 : km 0.44 - alt. 116 m - Cafe entrance
2 : km 0.56 - alt. 118 m - Fork at Robert Owen's School
3 : km 0.66 - alt. 124 m - Gap in wall
4 : km 1.41 - alt. 126 m - Fork at Corra Linn Substation
5 : km 1.59 - alt. 141 m - Corra Linn Waterfall viewpoint
6 : km 2.95 - alt. 181 m - Bonnington Linn Weir
D/A : km 5.92 - alt. 166 m - New Lanark World Heritage Site car park (ML11 9DB)

Useful Information

Transport

  • Car parking available at New Lanark World Heritage Site (ML11 9DB)
  • Closest train station is in Lanark, 2.7km away (there is a bus service from Lanark to New Lanark)

Terrain
Mainly woodland paths, one long section of boardwalk and lots of steps. There are some steep hilly sections.

For more information and a walk review visit Gillian's Walks

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site - a former mill-workers village in the 1800s, it has been restored as a living community and features a Visitor Centre, Cafe, the Annie McLeod Experience, Robert Owen's School and more. A great family day out. There are picnic benches and a play park.
  • The Falls of Clyde - made up of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and Stonebyres Linn
  • Corra Linn waterfall - the largest waterfall in Britain by volume of water
  • Corra Linn Substation
  • Bonnington Linn Weir
  • River Clyde
  • Clyde Walkway - a 65km long-distance walking route which follows the path of the River Clyde between Partick (Glasgow) and New Lanark. One of Scotland's Great Trails.

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