Walk: The Clyde's majestic daughter - Corra Linn circular

[Corra Linn in spate from the east bank]

This must be one of the best wet weather walks in Scotland, mostly sheltered by trees but delivering scenic drama worthy of the Highlands. Here the Clyde thunders over two colossal waterfalls in Bonnington Linn and Corra Linn - the latter cataracts described as "the Clyde's most majestic daughter" by William Wordsworth. Beyond the mills of New Lanark World Heritage Site (itself a major tourist attraction, complete with cafe) the river shows its gentler side, its anger spent, passing under the seventeenth century Clydesholm Bridge and its newer replacement. Combining the two sections and returning on the quiet west bank enables a superb circuit, even including a ruined castle. Hydroelectric activity can tamper with the flow volume, so its best to visit after prolonged bouts of rain to guarantee a good show.

[Bonnington Linn in spate from the west bank]

Name: Walk: The Clyde's majestic daughter - Corra Linn circular ★★☆
Length: 13 km / 8 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Points of interest: Clydesholm Bridge; New Lanark; Dundaff Linn; Corra Linn; peregrine hide; Bonnington Linn; Corra Castle; Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve
Start / finish: Kirkfield Road, Kirkfieldbank, G.R.: NS 868438 / flesh apprehend earth

Route: Start - cross Clydesholm Bridge - Clyde Walkway to weir above Bonnington Linn via New Lanark and Corra Linn - cross bridge and return on west bank to start via Corra Castle and Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve.
Terrain: Mostly clear woodland paths and tracks, occasionally wet; short sections on minor road and pavements; boardwalk section after New Lanark floods during spate conditions (the very first part is the lowest, so if it's passable, the rest should be) but there's a higher alternative route. West bank path is rougher and muddy in places.
Wildlife today: Just woodland birds and grey squirrels, but peregrine falcons can be seen from the hide in summer.
Weather today: Sunny spells, but heavy showers in the vicinity. About five degrees, cold wind.

>> see separate post for New Lanark ★★☆

[Clydesholm Bridge (February 2016)]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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