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

South Lanarkshire | New Lanark | Full day walk | ★★★★

[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 17th 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]

📌 Walk: The Clyde's majestic daughter - Corra Linn circular ★★★★
Start / finish on Kirkfield Road (street parking), Kirkfieldbank, half a mile west of Lanark town centre, G.R.: NS 868438 ///flesh.apprehend.earth

▶ 13 km / 8 mi | ▲ 350 m | ⌚ Full day | Moderate
Features: Clydesholm Bridge; New Lanark ★★★★; Dundaff Linn; Corra Linn; peregrine hide; Bonnington Linn; Corra Castle; 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.

Route & map

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

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Woodland birds and grey squirrels; peregrine falcons can be seen from the hide in summer.
Weather: Sunny spells, but heavy showers in the vicinity. About 5°C, cold wind.

[Clydesholm Bridge (21/2/16)]


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