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The swingbridge at Bonnybridge on the Forth & Clyde Canal.

An access ramp and a barrier (with a BMX style bypass) on the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath.

The John Muir Way heads across to the Union Canal from New Hallglen Road.

The road towards Callendar Woods at New Hallglen Road.

The path from the Westquarter Glen meets up with New Hallglen Road. The nearest sign for the HArTT cycle route is at #102843.

Working from the map on the Falkirk Helix website, I've decided this must be the junction where the HArTT cycle route turns in all directions, in order to do a loop around Callendar Park in addition to the woods. However, only the yellow … [more]

A crossroads of paths in Callendar Woods, and just a solitary marker post for the John Muir Way. Nothing for the HArTT cycle route.

A route sign for the walking version of the John Muir Way at Falkirk High station. This station entrance has two short flights of steps to get to the eastbound platform, and is not shown on the usually excellent National Rail station plan.

The John Muir Way leaving a car park at the Kinneil end of the Bo'ness waterfront section.

The John Muir Way in Bo'ness has been resurfaced with smooth asphalt, and solar LED catseyes for lighting. However, the level crossing kissing gates remain.

The John Muir Way in Bo'ness has been resurfaced with smooth asphalt, and solar LED catseyes for lighting.

The John Muir Way path on the waterfront at Bo'ness has been resurfaced in smooth asphalt with solar LED catseyes for lighting.

While the John Muir Way signs give correct direction information, the HArTT cycle route signs tell people to cycle over a continuous crash barrier and down a steep embankment. The signs haven't been twisted around - they are bolted together … [more]

A junction of tracks in Callendar Woods. I saw a few people jogging through the woods, but no-one else cycling.

A route sign on the Union Canal, with four directions indicated: Union Canal eastbound (via Falkirk Tunnel, sign hidden behind post) Union Canal westbound (Falkirk Wheel) Falkirk High station Dirt path to Slamannan Road (part of the HArTT … [more]

A steep ramp down to the passageway under the railway and linking to Drossie Road and the opposite side of Falkirk High station. The path to the right leads to the nearside platform. There appears to be more than enough room behind the … [more]

The passageway under the railway linking Drossie Road to the Union Canal (part of the John Muir Way), plus some cycle parking stands in a car park.

A barrier guarding the steep access ramp down to the Union Canal towpath (see #101129) but rather awkward to get even a standard bike through.

A steep access ramp to the Union Canal towpath, although there's not much that could be done to reduce the gradient without a big budget.

2017 Scotland Bike Tour Day 1: Near Croftamie

Hall Glen Tunnel

Used to be Nobel factory. Now TESCO

Union canal and John Muir Way

The towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal is now paved all the way to Glasgow, with the exception of a couple of short sections around bridges.

A narrow path links the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath to the end of the road to Banton at Kelvinhead, but has a couple of opening gates across it.

An icecream shop with its own cargobike, and cycle parking and a toucan crossing directly outside! Contrary to the arrow on the signal pole, the John Muir Way heads up the side street next to the shops.

New permeable public space in the centre of Helensburgh. Outdoor markets are sometimes held here.

3 cycle parking stands in the Hill House car park

Pathetic signage at junction of Balloch to Tarbet and route to Helensburgh, at Arden Roundabout, plus no safe road crossing of A82. Imagine if signage of junctions on the A82 was like this!

Kissing gates at railway crossing on John Muir Way.

Signs on the John Muir Way at Kinneil Halt.

A waymarker post approaching a junction on the John Muir Way.

Signs and a waymarker post on the John Muir Way.

So if you are following the cycle route to Auchinstarry, you need to ignore this sign for Auchinstarry, since it is for walkers only.

Most of the Cumbernauld Cycle Network has an asphalt surface, but not the section between Croy and Auchinstarry. The cage at this barrier has a muddy puddle at the bottom.

The 'cycling' braid of the John Muir Way is signed along this track near Boards Farm. This is one of the better bits, with much of the rest being rockier and in places steep. Best to avoid on anything less than a mountain bike!

A car parked blocking the Strathkelvin Railway Path crossing on Eastside, forcing users into the road. The bollards in the foreground are the wrong way around, showing red to the offside of approaching drivers, but that's not the important … [more]

A new crossing of Eastside has been provided, next to the roundabout, but some motorist has parked on the northern-most part, forcing users into the road.

Junction of the Strathkelvin Railway Path and Canal Street (which links to the Forth & Clyde Canal). Signs here show various destinations for each (although walking to Kirkintilloch Town Centre would be quicker along Eastside in the … [more]

Lots of signs with tiny writing for the Strathblane Railway Path, the Thomas Muir Trail and the John Muir Way, at junction of NCN 754 and 755, but no destinations signed along the canal.

The Innocent Railway Path approaching the Innocent Tunnel, with the path into Holyrood Park off to the left.

Limited sightlines at the junction with the Innocent Railway Path (NCN1).

The John Muir Way turns left here, to join the Innocent Railway Path (NCN1).

The John Muir Way turns right here down the connection to the Innocent Railway Path (NCN1).

A desire line to join the path from the road in Holyrood Park.

Tiny signage for the John Muir Way at the entrance to Holyrood Park, and no dropped kerb either.

Gate with gap on former railway line, approaching toucan crossing across Duddingston Road West

A short diversion off of the Union Canal towpath due to work on the far side of the bridge.

The start of the Strathkelvin Railway Path in Strathblane

A walking-only section of the John Muir Way on Corstorphine Hill, before it gets really steep.

A walking-only section of the John Muir Way on Corstorphine Hill

Route sign, but without route number shown on previous sign #59010

A tiny route confirmation sign on Baird Drive. Route 8 Edinburgh Park to City Centre.

Puffin crossing (not toucan) on Balgreen Road outside tramstop, which forms part of Edinburgh's cycle route 8.

Cycle parking and path at Balgreen tram stop.

Path junction near Balgreen tram stop

Signage for Public Footpath to B821 at Braehead along Boards Road, and for the John Muir Way.

Gate at end of Red Brae Road at junction with the West Highland Way. The signpost reads "Public Footpath" in both directions, but there is a John Muir Way logo beneath the signs. Red Brae Road is a particularly steep and rocky track, … [more]

Gate on NCN76 at Hopetoun House

The Thomas Muir Trail has been signed to Clachan of Campsie, just off the Strathkelvin Railway Path.

The Strathkelvin Railway Path is now a bit overgrown on much of the section between Lennoxtown and Strathblane, making it hard to pass people coming the other way.

Welcome to Helensburgh! A 'Cyclists Dismount' sign at the end of the Arden to Helensburgh cycle track, on the edge of Helensburgh. I think you are meant to join the road here, but the opposite footway also has a 'Cyclists Dismount' sign, so … [more]

No barrier at entrance to cycle track to Helensburgh

Hopetoun House Gates Heading east towards South Queensferry.

The Canal Basin at the end of the Union Canal in Edinburgh

A tarmacked part of NCN76 in Dalmeny Estate

Sign for NCN1 in Fisherrow, and barriers on bridge

Back on NCN7 Location: near Gartness (Scotland, United Kingdom) It was just over two years ago in June 2009, when I last cycled along this stretch of NCN7 albeit that I was going the other way, en route from Balloch to Pitlochry.

The Union Canal towpath has LED catseyes at the Edinburgh end (see also #33213)

Cycle path on old railway trackbed at Pinkhill bridge

Lit cycle path on former railway trackbed in Balgreen

A typical bridge on Strathkelvin Railway Path

Junction of Strathkelvin Railway Path and path to Clachan of Campsie, also showing ramp up to Newbridge road crossing in background

Strathkelvin Railway Path - the section west of Lennoxtown is tarmac

Canal runway LED catseyes on canal towpath - see also #33213 & #34356 Location: Union Canal, Gorgie, Edinburgh

LED cat's-eyes type lights on the Union Canal towpath in Edinburgh (see also #33213).

Cyclist on West Highland Way near Dumgoyne, approaching gate in #31646. Not all of the path is surfaced like this.

LED lights on Union Canal in Edinburgh - see and White - regular Red - approaching bridges Green - at access points #34356 and #37703 show … [more]

Wheeling ramp on stairs down from Slateford Aquaduct to Water of Leith

There are lots of these gates on the Milngavie to Drymen section of the West Highland Way

NCN 7 sign for Drymen at end of Croftamie cycle path. Killearn is equally accessible by bike to the right.

Gates at road crossing in Croftamie. The other ends of the paths are open, and the surface on the cyclepath is a bit rough, roads somewhat smoother.

NCN 7 bridge at Croftamie, built on piers of former railway viaduct

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