Walking

The Falkirk area offers a huge variety of places to walk, from woodland walks in country parks to sections of the John Muir Way, and our new paths in and around The Helix and Kelpies. 

There are a huge number of routes of various lengths and difficulties, taking in every kind of scenery imaginable.  Falkirk is a great place to get out and explore on foot, whether you are looking for a group to go walking with or somewhere suitable to push a pram, you can be sure that there will be something to suit.

 

Falkirk Council Core Paths

The core paths network forms the basic system of paths in the Falkirk Council area and is managed by the Falkirk Council Ranger Service.  The whole path network has been designed to  provide for a range of activities including walking, cycling, horse riding, canoeing, etc - and to include paths for all abilities. 

The entire network of paths which covers Airth, Denny, Blackness & Bo'ness, The Falkirk Wheel and South Falkirk and the Antonine Wall can be found within the downloadable Falkirk Council PDF

John Muir Way

The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles from Helensburgh to Dunbar, taking approximately 7-10 days to walk.  Of course, you don’t have to complete the whole coast to coast route, as this can be done in sections or loops to suit you.  

The Falkirk area has two main sections of the John Muir Way - Linlithgow to Falkirk and then Falkirk to Kilsyth - these sections take in many of the main attractions within the area including Blackness Castle, Bon'ess and Kinneil Railway, Callendar House, and sections of the Antonine Wall.

The route has been designed to be very accessible to all and uses a mix of paths, with many of places of interest along the way. 

Visit the John Muir Way website for more information 

 

The John Muir Way Baggage Service offers a secure, reliable and professional service to transport your luggage while you cycle the John Muir Way - meaning you only need to take a backpack with you on your cycle.

The Helix

The Helix, the newest park within the area has a path network with a stunning backdrop for walks and runs, connecting 16 communities via 26 kilometres of paths. So if you fancy a walk around the lagoon or a walk which takes you past the world famous Kelpies then get down to the Helix.

It is also a popular meeting place for many organized group walks including Nordic Walking.

Visit The Helix website for more information

Callendar Estates

Callendar Estate offers fantastic walking opportunities from short walks for all abilities to longer, more challenging walks. The paths take you through mature woodland and farm land and provide a great opportunity to explore the countryside around Falkirk with some fantastic views across the Forth Estuary and the Carse of Stirling to the Ochil Hills.

Visit the Callendar Estates website for more information 

The Falkirk Wheel and Canal Paths

If you fancy a gentle stroll in the woods The Falkirk Wheel has over four miles of woodland paths for you to enjoy.

All walks start from the visitor centre and lead you up into the hills where you can discover The Antonine Wall World Heritage Site and Rough Castle Roman Fort. The most popular circular walks are marked on The Falkirk Wheel site map which you can download here.

There are also many walks to enjoy along the canal towpaths of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals but please remember to stay SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge)!

Visit the Falkirk Wheel and Scottish Canals website for more information

Antonine Wall

Built by the Romans, around AD142, it marked the northern border to the Roman Empire. Running for 60 km from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth, you can walk the wall and there a number of easy walks suitable for families and children.  The Wall is now  a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Falkirk council produce a guide to walking around the Antonine Wall which can be downloaded here 

Visit the Antonine Wall website for more information

Muiravonside Country Park

An old country estate formerly owned by the Stirling family of Falkirk, the Park is free to access and open all-year round. There’s a lot to do with nature trails, picnic sites and play areas throughout the Parks 170 acres.

Visitors can follow the River Avon Heritage Trail around the Park past the historic Avon Aqueduct and see the relics of bygone industry and farming.

Visit the Falkirk Community Trust website for more information 

Walking Groups and Tours

Step Forth is a local walking for health initiative, which aims to get more people active within their own communities. It is aimed at all ages and abilities, and all walks are free of charge.

Visit the Step Forth website for more information 

Gemini Walks specialise in booking Scottish Walking Holidays and have great knowledge and experience of the John Muir Way.  Visit the Gemini Walks website for more information.

 

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have also created a great self guided walking tour which takes in great sites including the Falkirk Wheel and Roughcastle Roman Fort.  You can find all the details on the Discovering Britain website here.