Hiking Grouo

Hiking Grouo

This afternoon, I am posting information on yesterday’s small group hike in S.W. Scotland.

The route covered six miles, takingĀ overĀ half a day visiting the Dumbreck Marsh Nature Reserve, then following the River Kelvin and the Forth and Clyde Canal to Auchinstarry, returning by the River Kelvin.

The Forth & Clyde Canal dates back to the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. It was opened in 1790 and stretches 35 miles between Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth and Bowling on the River Clyde. An early communications and transport route. More information on the Canal:

  • Was at the forefront of marine transport development.The Charlotte Dundas, world’s first practical steamboat sailed on the canal as did Scotland’s first iron vessel, the Vulcan.
  • In common with other canals, the Forth & Clyde was progressively replaced, first by rail then by road transport, culminating in closure in 1963.
  • Re-opened in May 2001.
  • Now used by pleasure boats. Cyclists, walkers and fishermen utilise the walkways whilst the canal and environs is a haven for waterbirds and other wildlife.

As will be evident from the images herein, the hiking group encountered, marshlands, Forth & Clyde Canal, River Kelvin, elaborate wood carvings, a professionally laid hedge and wildlife including a swan.

Hiking Grouo

Hiking Group

Carvings

Carvings

River Kelvin

River Kelvin

Forth & Clyde Canal

Forth & Clyde Canal

Elaborately laid hedge

Elaborately laid hedge

Wood carving

Wood carving

Swan on Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

Swan on Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

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