January lockdown: 12 Falkirk area walks perfect for clearing the mind
Falkirk district is back under heightened coronavirus restrictions, however, its residents can still leave home to exercise.
By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 4:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 10:02 am
Following the Dorrator Loop, you can walk for eight miles without leaving a green space - quite a feat for a walk that's almost in the centre of Falkirk. It leads to The Helix and returns via brand new paths at the cemetery in Camelon. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
The new laws, which came into effect across mainland Scotland at midnight, mean people must stay at home and work from home where possible until at least the end of January.
Scots should only go out for essential purposes, which includes shopping for food and medicine, caring responsibilities and exercise.
There is no limit on how many times people can go out to exercise but outdoor meetings have been limited to a maximum of two people from two households.
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On the west side of Falkirk lies Dales Wood which takes you above Denny and follows proper country roads and quiet paths. A brisk, uphill trek that's rewarded by great views. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
Scottish Government guidance states you should travel no further than needed to reach a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way.
Here is a list of scenic Falkirk area walking routes.
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Amazing walks along Bo'ness foreshore include Kinneil House to Blackness Castle, which offers amazing views and historical sites. Part of the John Muir Way, this flat route has good paths. In summer there are stunning.wildflower meadows. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
A gorge walk along the River Avon is the perfect way to get away from it all. The path is rough so has a natural feel and the route follows the river and passes through Muiravonside Country Park. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
Carron Glen begins at Gala Park in Dunipace and heads up the glen, following the Carron to Fankerton. A steep gorge walk, with waterfalls and pools, full of wildflowers in spring. It's also a brilliant place to see bluebells. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
Walks don't get much more atmospheric than the historic trek from Larbert to Torwood, taking in a 2000-year-old broch, 500-year-old castle and a strange, blue pool. Once the main road to Stirling, it is lined with ancient trees. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
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. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
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: Benjamin Hugh.
For a stroll with children, it's hard to beat the 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. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
Skinflats' circular 3.6 mile walk is a favourite, particularly in autumn when the hedgerows are bursting with life. Beautiful, open fields lead to the foreshore and one of the rarest habitats in the UK. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
The Airth Circular route offers fantastic history and beauty, taking you past sites including the Dunmore Pineapple and Elphinstone Tower. You can also find spectacular giant trees and sweeping views of the River Forth. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.
A walk from Limerigg, starting at Binniehill, takes you along a disused railway line that once served the area's coal pits, through woodland and across streams. It's another place to get away from it all and escape to amazing views. Picture: Falkirk Council Ranger Service.