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. There are some steep hilly sections with steps. There is a new kids play park in the village which is quite unique so well worth a visit. 3.7 miles there & back.
Dog-friendly walk (beware cliffs)
Download the route to your mobile phone HERE (Viewranger app required)
Car parking available at New Lanark World Heritage Site (ML11 9DB)
Route: Follow a footpath leading steeply downhill from the car park towards New Lanark World Heritage Site. Turn left at the bottom of the hill onto New Lanark Road and follow it right to a set of stairs leading to a bridge across the Mill Race. Turn left and follow the badger signs “Follow me to the Falls of Clyde”. You will soon pass through a stone archway and into the woodland from where you simply continue to follow the footpath all the way to Bonnington Linn Weir, sticking to the river side any time there is a fork in the path. The track is mainly woodland paths however there is one long section of boardwalk and lots of stairs. You will pass Bonnington Power Station and there are regular viewpoints from where you can see the impressive waterfalls of the River Clyde. From Bonnington Linn Weir retrace your steps back to the car park. If you have children with you, turn right when you return to the stone archway and this leads to the play park.
WALK REPORT: 1st October 2016
The last time we did the walk along the Clyde at New Lanark our eldest son was just months old. Today we returned with a 5 and a 3 year old to experience it once again! There had been a lot of rain the week prior so I was really excited to see the falls. My excitement increased when we arrived and saw the first glimpse of the raging river from a vantage point above the village! We were in for a treat! I couldn’t wait to get further along and show the kids the huge waterfalls!
The power station is surprisingly pretty as power stations go and certainly sparked an interest with the kids…. cue a million questions!
I loved this badger painting on the wall next to the power station, a new feature since my last visit!
The walk up to Corra Linn is fun with lots of stairs to negotiate and plenty of view points from which to see the waterfalls. We loved the section of boardwalk right down by the river.
If I am honest though, I didn’t particularly enjoy the last section from Corra Linn to the Weir. I kept thinking that the further we walked the more spectacular the waterfalls were going to be however instead the viewpoints became a bit of a let down with not much to see and the kids were getting a little bored with the woodland walk. If I return in future I will likely stop at Corra Linn as in my opinion you have seen the best of what there is by that point. Nonetheless a really nice woodland walk and definitely a place of beauty, especially at this time of year with the Autumn colours starting to appear.