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Fish logo in blue with nameClyde Walkway

Glasgow, N Lanarkshire, S Lanarkshire

60 km / 37 miles
A multi-user route completed in 2009, following the course of the River Clyde from the centre of Glasgow through Hamilton, Strathclyde Park and Lanark. It passes the attractions of Bothwell Castle and woods, the David Livingstone Centre (biography listed below; there is an H M Stanley Trail too), Strathclyde Country Park, the Palace Grounds and Mausoleum at Hamilton, and the Barons Haugh Nature Reserve to end at the spectacular Falls of Clyde, just upriver from the UNESCO World Heritage village of New Lanark with its historic cotton mills. Reaching the Falls of Clyde it passes Corra Linn and the path ends at the upper Bonnington Linn falls.

Route leaflets with schematic maps covering the route in six sections are available for free PDF download from the South Lanarkshire Counci website below. OS Explorer maps show the route, except for the short section between NS811498 near Mauldslie Mains and NS823479 north of Crossford on the east bank. Much of the route passes through privately owned working landscapes. There have been past isolated access difficulties. Details of ongoing route availablity are available from the Access Development Officer (Simon Pilpel on 01698 543421 and email

The book 'River Clyde - from The Source to The Sea' provides background and history and also details 12 simple walks.

In Glasgow, the Walkway links in to the numerous pathways of the city, including the Kelvin Walkway, a waterside walk that heads north of the city to meet the West Highland Way.

AUGUST 2023: A 2km stretch of the Clyde Walkway has been closed where it runs along the riverside bund at Baron's Haugh Nature Reserve (between Motherwell and the M74, east of Hamilton). A diversion is in place which skirts the northern boundary of the Reserve. The closure is stated to be permanent, due to severe erosion of the riverbank caused by flooding.

Strider News - December 2023 (Path Update)



Waymark: Fish logo in blue with name
Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Fish logo in blue with name
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Cycle Route
Horse Ride (Multi User)
World Heritage Site
Industrial History
Start: NS564656 - Central, Glasgow View on StreetMap
Finish: NS884407 - Falls of Clyde, New Lanark, S Lanarkshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Scotland's Great Trails South Lanarkshire Council - Clyde Walkway VisitLanarkshire - Clyde Walkway Walk Highlands - Scotland's Long Distance Walking Routes Annierak - Clyde Walkway [blog] Clyde Walkway: Glasgow to Uddingston [YouTube video] Clyde Walkway: Uddingston to Strathclyde [YouTube video] Clyde Walkway: Strathclyde to Lanark [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

General Interest Book River Clyde : from the source to the sea  (Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd  - 2008 )
General Interest Book Livingstone  (Yale University Press  - 2013 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 64, 65, 71, 72
OS Landranger Active 64, 65, 71, 72
OS Explorer 335, 342, 343
OS Explorer Active 335, 342, 343

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Route Profile:

59.3 km (36.8 miles)
878 m (2,881 ft) ascent
185 m (607 ft)  maximum height

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