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In pictures: 13 of the best walks around Falkirk

Falkirk’s fantastic path network has earned it a place on the shortlist for the UK’s Best Walking Neighbourhood, as nominated by The Ramblers.

The paths have been carefully developed over 20 years, using the remnants of Falkirk’s industrial past to forge an incredible network that has something to offer everyone; from short walks with children to hikes deep into the countryside, plus open views and hedgerows, coastal landscapes, and incredible history in town and country. No-one knows those paths better than Falkirk’s rangers, Lesley Sweeney and Fiona Wishart, so here they are sharing a few of their favourites to get you out and about.

5. For a stroll with children, it's hard to beat beautiful Callendar Woods, with a network of very accessible paths leading from Callendar Park. It's also an ideal spot for a picnic, sheltered by some of the park's amazing trees.
5. For a stroll with children, it's hard to beat beautiful Callendar Woods, with a network of very accessible paths leading from Callendar Park. It's also an ideal spot for a picnic, sheltered by some of the park's amazing trees.
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6. Another ideal place to take younger children is Westquarter Glen. It's an easy walk and very accessible, with great wildlife to be spotted right on the town's doorstep. Picture by Benjamin Hugh.
6. Another ideal place to take younger children is Westquarter Glen. It's an easy walk and very accessible, with great wildlife to be spotted right on the town's doorstep. Picture by Benjamin Hugh.
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7. Falkirk Wheel to Rough Castle leads to the best preserved fort on the Antonine Wall and a glimpse of the area's Roman past. This leads on to the canal at Bonnybridge - proof connectivity is one of Falkirk's great strengths.
7. Falkirk Wheel to Rough Castle leads to the best preserved fort on the Antonine Wall and a glimpse of the area's Roman past. This leads on to the canal at Bonnybridge - proof connectivity is one of Falkirk's great strengths.
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8.  At 3k, the Falkirk Tunnel circular isn't a long walk but it takes you through the longest canal tunnel in Scotland, 630m long and 3.6m high. It can be slippery and a torch is handy but it's great fun.
8. At 3k, the Falkirk Tunnel circular isn't a long walk but it takes you through the longest canal tunnel in Scotland, 630m long and 3.6m high. It can be slippery and a torch is handy but it's great fun.
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