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River Avon Heritage Trail (Scotland)

13 km / 8 miles

Falkirk, W Lothian
The first part of this Trail to be completed extends along the River Avon between Avonbridge and Linlithgow that is the border between Falkirk and West Lothian.

The River Avon flows over weirs and waterfalls and in narrow gorges and the path keeps as close to the riverbank as possible, using boardwalks on occasion, and crossing from bank to bank. The disused Westfield Viaduct dominates an early section of the route. Closer to the finish are Muiravonside Country Park, with visitor centre, the Avon Aqueduct that takes the Union Canal over the river and is the second longest in Britain, and finally the railway viaduct carrying the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line, where the Trail ends under one of its stone pillars on the south side of the river.

The full Trail is planned to provide a route along the whole length of the River Avon from Slamannan in the Heart of Central Scotland to the shores of the River Forth at Grangemouth.

A leaflet is available to download free from the website below, or by post.


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NS910727 - Avonbridge, Falkirk
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NS982769 - Avon Viaduct, Linlithgow, Falkirk
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

River Avon Heritage Trail (Central Scotland Forest Trust - 2007)
Leaflet - External PDF


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Route Profile:

12.9 Km (8.0 miles)
155 m (509 ft) ascent
137 m (449 ft)  maximum height