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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The trail follows the canal tow path to Underwood Lockhouse. It is level except where it passes two locks where the steepest gradient is about 11% (1 in 9) for 30m or so. The path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side throughout except there are three barriers where the gaps you have to get through are only about 750mm wide.The surface is firm and even though there are potholes in places some of which are right across the path. This means lots of puddles after wet weather. The path is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, February 2011 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 3.1 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
 

Information

The start of this trail is at the small car park off Wyndford Road, Banknock.(Wyndford Road was temporaily closed when the route was surveyed.)There is parking for three or four cars on ground that is a littel uneven in places.

Start The start of this trail is at the small car park off Wyndford Road, Banknock.(Wyndford Road was temporaily closed when the route was surveyed.)There is parking for three or four cars on ground that is a littel uneven in places.

From the car park go through the gap in the barrier. This is less than 815mm wide.

Width From the car park go through the gap in the barrier. This is less than 815mm wide.

The path is level but uneven in places with puddles after wet weather.

Surface The path is level but uneven in places with puddles after wet weather.

The path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side for most of its length.

Width The path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side for most of its length.

 

Path

In a few places there are sections of the path with a cross gradient in excess of 5% (1:20).

Gradient In a few places there are sections of the path with a cross gradient in excess of 5% (1:20).

 

Path

 

Path

The barriers are at the junction with a path connecting to Banknock. Stay on the tow path by the canal to reach Underwood Lockhouse.

Direction The barriers are at the junction with a path connecting to Banknock. Stay on the tow path by the canal to reach Underwood Lockhouse.

 

Path

 

Path

After wet weather there are numerous puddles along this section  of the tow path.

Surface After wet weather there are numerous puddles along this section of the tow path.

 

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Keep right on the towpath. The path to the left leads back to Banknock.

Direction Keep right on the towpath. The path to the left leads back to Banknock.

 

Path

Stay on the tow path. The path coming in from the left connects to Banknock.

Direction Stay on the tow path. The path coming in from the left connects to Banknock.

 

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Approaching the bridge under the A80 there is a speed bump across the path.

Obstacle Approaching the bridge under the A80 there is a speed bump across the path.

The speed bump is at the start of the block paving.

Obstacle The speed bump is at the start of the block paving.

The slopes under the bridge are less than 8% (1:12).

Gradient The slopes under the bridge are less than 8% (1:12).

There is another speed bump after the A80 bridge.

Obstacle There is another speed bump after the A80 bridge.

 

Path

Approaching Cumbernauld Road there is a barrier with an open gap that is about 700mm wide.

Width Approaching Cumbernauld Road there is a barrier with an open gap that is about 700mm wide.

The trail passes over the Cumbernauld Road. You pass through another barrier by a gap that is about 750mm wide to get onto the towpath towards Bonnybridge.

Direction The trail passes over the Cumbernauld Road. You pass through another barrier by a gap that is about 750mm wide to get onto the towpath towards Bonnybridge.

The surface of this section of the tow path has a more even surface and as it is wider it is easier in places to get past the potholes that form puddles after wet weather.

Surface The surface of this section of the tow path has a more even surface and as it is wider it is easier in places to get past the potholes that form puddles after wet weather.

In some places the potholes and puddles are right across the track.

Surface In some places the potholes and puddles are right across the track.

 

Path

 

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After the lock there is a slope with a gradient of 11% (1:9) for about 40m.

Gradient After the lock there is a slope with a gradient of 11% (1:9) for about 40m.

 

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There are potholes right across the track in places.

Surface There are potholes right across the track in places.

 

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The slope past the lock has a gradient of only 6% (1:17).

Gradient The slope past the lock has a gradient of only 6% (1:17).

 

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Potholes or puddles after wet weather can be right across the path.

Surface Potholes or puddles after wet weather can be right across the path.

 

Path

Potholes or puddles after wet weather can be right across the path.

Surface Potholes or puddles after wet weather can be right across the path.

The path is shared by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Information The path is shared by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Potholes or puddles after wet weather can be right across the path.

Surface Potholes or puddles after wet weather can be right across the path.

Just before Underwood Lockhouse there is a barrier that was open when the trail was surveyed.

Barrier Just before Underwood Lockhouse there is a barrier that was open when the trail was surveyed.

If the barrier is locked there is a chicane to the left which you may be able to use. Its gap 800mm is wide and the box is 1680mm deep but the surface is thick uneven grass.

Width If the barrier is locked there is a chicane to the left which you may be able to use. Its gap 800mm is wide and the box is 1680mm deep but the surface is thick uneven grass.

Underwood Lockhouse is a restaurant with seating for customers outside.

Cafe Underwood Lockhouse is a restaurant with seating for customers outside.

Turn right over the lock bridge to reach the car park at the end of this trail.

Direction Turn right over the lock bridge to reach the car park at the end of this trail.

There are several picnic tables in the car park on the other side of the canal from Underwood Lockhouse.

Seat There are several picnic tables in the car park on the other side of the canal from Underwood Lockhouse.

The entrance to the car park for Underwood Lock is on the B816 near Allandale.

End The entrance to the car park for Underwood Lock is on the B816 near Allandale.

There is a picnic table on the grass near the bridge.

Seat There is a picnic table on the grass near the bridge.

The path continues towards Bonnybridge (2 Km) and the Falkirk Wheel (5 Km).

Information The path continues towards Bonnybridge (2 Km) and the Falkirk Wheel (5 Km).

Some information about the Forth and Clyde Canal is available in the car park.

Information Some information about the Forth and Clyde Canal is available in the car park.

There are two disabled parking bays in the car park. One was not available when this trail was surveyed.

Blue Badge parking bays There are two disabled parking bays in the car park. One was not available when this trail was surveyed.

There are some fine views from the canal embankment.

View There are some fine views from the canal embankment.

Forth & Clyde Canal - Banknock Phototrail

 

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