Our favourite places to walk and cycle in the Falkirk area

 

While Scotland has lifted the once per day exercise limit, if you are local, you are spoilt for choices to make the most of your exercise time in the Falkirk area. While travel is not possible for visitors, we hope this will inspire you to visit us in the future when it is safe to do so.

 

Whether you are a walker or cyclist, there is a huge amount to offer, with the area voted ‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood’ by Ramblers and an extensive network of walking and cycling paths to explore.

Choose from the John Muir Way, The River Avon Heritage Trail, Callendar Estate cycle trails, not to mention the canals network linking Falkirk’s two most famous landmarks, the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies in the Helix Park.

There has never been a better time to explore your local area and make the most of our outdoor spaces but we strongly urge you to please continue to stay local and mindful of social distancing.

These are some our favourite outdoor places to walk and cycle in the Falkirk area!

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The eccentric Dunmore Pineapple

 

If you are lucky to live near the unique  Dunmore Pineapple, take time to explore the surrounding grounds and woodland and of course, admire this intriguing pineapple-shaped building.

Dunmore Pineapple is an elaborate and eccentric summer house built in the shape of a pineapple in the 18th century by Lord Dunmore. A must see attraction to visit when it is safe to do so.

Walk, ride and cycle in and around Airth Parish. Discover the Airth path network here.

 

 

Lovely colours in Dollar Park 

 

Dollar Park in Falkirk town centre boasts spectacular flower displays throughout the year, regardless of the season.

Following two years of restoration work, the Walled Garden re-opened in 2015.

Covering a half-acre it offers a range of features/activities including: a sensory garden, and arbour area if you want to bring your own picnic, bandstand and a pond area teeming with wildlife. Currently the Walled Garden is closed but it is certainly an attraction to bear in mind for a future visit. 

A large Victorian two storey mansion can be found within the park’s boundaries, which has its own café – which will hopefully re-open when guidance allows. The grand house has impressive balconies, pediments and a Doric door-piece.

 

 

The secluded and peaceful Westquarter Glen

 

Near to Polmont and just a couple of miles from Falkirk you can find Westquarter. An enchanting place where you can wander on  the paths next to the river and watch the abundance of wildlife.

 

 

The picturesque Lionthorn Woods near Falkirk

 

You will find an extensive range of excellent walking and cycling paths through a mixed wood with a beautiful burn. The paths link in to an extensive network including the nearby Union Canal. Enjoy great views towards Grangemouth and the Ochil Hills.

Explore a bit further and discover a larger section of the John Muir Way, a must for walking and cycling enthusiasts.

 

 

The beautiful Kinneil Estate in Bo'ness

 

Enjoy a glorious walk or cycle in  the stunning Kinneil Estate, home to Kinneil House and Museum. The park has acres of woodland and ponds, where you might be lucky enough to see coots, buzzards and swans – plus many other animals.

Kinneil Estate looks even better at this time of the year. Admire beautiful blossoms, like the wild garlic surrounding the paths.

Feeling a bit more energetic then bring your bike and try the cycle trails in the woods and it is also a great place to take your furry friend for a stroll.

 

 

Explore Denny’s walking & cycling paths

 

Lying south of the River Carron, Denny offers a great number of local paths perfect for walking and cycling.

Enjoy the great countryside, wildlife, history and views Denny has to offer and it’s all right on your doorstep.

Discover Denny’s path network here.

 

 

Peaceful woodland trails around Callendar Estate

 

Just a stones throw from Falkirk town centre you can discover  the fantastic mountain bike trails, waymarked walks, including the Jacobite Battle of Falkirk Trail in Callendar Estate.

Discover landscape bursting with culture, history and nature,  all on the doorstep of the World's only rotating boat lift – The Falkirk Wheel.

The estate also makes up part of the coast to coast walking route, the John Muir Way.

Find out more about Callendar Estate here.

 

 

Forth & Clyde and Union canal paths

 

Whether you are looking for a pleasant place for a short stroll, a more energetic walk or even a long distance challenge, the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths, connected by The Falkirk Wheel, offer a great choice of canal walks.

Experience the serenity of canal life; appreciate the scenic beauty and abundance of wildlife while getting a healthy workout at the same time. The canal towpath makes up part of the long distance walking route, the John Muir Way which connects Helensburgh to Dunbar.

While canal paths are open and many locals are enjoying them it, we recommend you not to use busy routes to ensure you can maintain social distancing  keep an eye on the Scottish Canals updates. Visitors will be more than welcome to make use of these great canal walks when the time is right.

 

 

Discover more paths and routes for walkers and cyclists here.

 

Please remember to stay safe, stay local and continue to maintain social distancing at all times. And please take pride of your place and remember to take your litter home with you.

 

Check our Covid-19 resources for visitors and keep up to date with the response to Coronavirus and follow the guidelines from these various organisations:

Outdoor access guidelines during Covid-19 lockdown

Scottish Canals

Falkirk Community Trust

Ramblers Scotland

 

Discover our dedicated Parks, nature and garden centres page and take  a look at  our Roam Free in Falkirk itinerary for more ideas.

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