River Avon Heritage Trail

A peaceful walking route along the banks of the River Avon, extending east northeast from Avonbridge in Falkirk for 8 miles / 13 km to Linlithgow Bridge in West Lothian. The River Avon Heritage Trail can be walked in either direction and is accessible at a number of points along its route. Proceeding from Avonbridge, it initially follows the southern bank of the river, crossing to the northern bank at Strath. It then passes the Westfield Viaduct - which is in a dangerous state - and continues to Wallace's Cave, at which point it crosses a footbridge back to the southern bank. The trail passes under the Torphichen Bridge - which carries the A801 road over the river - using a board-walk constructed by the Royal Engineers. It passes the site of Torphichen Mill which was the birthplace Henry Bell (1767 - 1830), pioneer of steam navigation. The trail crosses back onto the north bank via a footbridge at Carribber, entering the Muiravonside Country Park. The trail then proceeds over the Avon Aqueduct, which involves climbing a steep embankment but the views are certainly worthwhile. Back on the right bank of the river, the trail then continues to its termination under the arches of the Avon Viaduct at Linlithgow Bridge.

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