The Falls of Clyde Classic
This walk is so definitively Classic that its page on the walkhighlands.co.uk website actually includes that adjective in the title (as an aside, hands up who thinks I'm reheeeally starting to bore on about that bloody walkhighlands website?! And hands up who thinks it's a fabulous resource and should be name-dropped into every Babble post...??)
Anyhoo....we were expecting a classic and it's not a disappointment, thoroughly earning it's 4-star rating on...wait for it...the Excellent Paths of Scottish Countryside Also Frequented By Small Furry Mammals website. (Nah, actually walkhighlands ...)
There were old faces and new: Chelsea came with Charlie and Eva who are getting to be Babble regulars, whilst Indu joined with her 3 year old son Kiyan and their friend Antonio. And we were pleased to meet Eddie and Linda, who brought along their son Innes and daughter Freya.
At 6km this is a slightly longer walk than the last Babble outing to Lynn Glen and to be honest with you, the kiddies with the tiniest legs were feeling it after two thirds of the way. It was also however the hottest day of the year so far: a scorcher into the twenties and given the heat and length f the walk, they all did superbly well.
The walk is also packed full of interesting features, which made it easier to encourage small folk to press on than would have been the case in a 'same-y sights' kinda walk. The start point is the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, an extremely popular visitors site with a fascinating history. When Robert Owen decided to harness the power of the River Clyde to run his mills in the 1800s, he created a model village for his workers and their families which incorporated ideas that were revolutionary for their time. Corporal punishment and child labour were abolished, and decent housing, free health care, education and affordable food were provided for the workers. The site is now a popular museum so if you come, do take the time to wander around the museum buildings before you start your walk.
Once you are on the trail, the walk takes in a stunning series of waterfalls as it passes up a beautiful wooded gorge, before a more placid return route takes you through fields and woodland back to the carpark. A particularly awesome sight is the 27m Corra Linn waterfall, immortalised in poetry by Wordsworth as, 'the Clyde's most majestic daughter'.
All in all a highly recommended walk with plenty of interest for kiddies and adults, as well as opportunities to splash about down by the water on particularly hot days.