Linlithgow Waterways

  • January 29, 2012 · 11:30 AM
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This circular walk route passes through attractive countryside whilst taking in the three main waterways within and around the historic town of Linlithgow.

The route starts in Linlithgow town centre and then picks up the footpath around Linlithgow Loch.  Along the route, look out for interesting information about the local landscape, flora and fauna. From the far side of the loch, there are fantastic views of Linlithgow Palace, and also of St Michael’s Church with its bold, modern aluminium crown. Many types of birds can be seen swimming and feeding on the loch. We then leave the loch side and head for the start of the River Avon Heritage Trail. The trail winds its way through open countryside alongside the River Avon for 1-2 miles, gradually rising upwards to join the Union Canal towpath. We cross the impressive Avon aqueduct - at 26 metres high and 250 metres long, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Scotland. We descend to the opposite side of the river via a long winding set of steps and boardwalks from where there are fine views of the aqueduct. After crossing through Muiravonside Country Park, we return to the canal and follow the towpath for about 3 miles back to Linlithgow town centre.

Distance - approx 8-9 miles

Height change – about 50m

Time - 3-4 hours including breaks

Meet at the Cross in Linlithgow High Street. There is the option to travel to and from the meeting point by either train or by bus. Trains to and from Linlithgow are frequent and fast - I would suggest catching the 11.00am Glasgow Queen Street train at Edinburgh Waverley which arrives at Linlithgow at 11.18am - see the Scotrail web site for train service information. The meeting point is about a 5-minute walk from the station. Alternatively, First Bus service no. 38 leaves half-hourly from Edinburgh Regent Road at 6 and 36 minutes past the hour – the journey time to Linlithgow Cross is 1 hour and the bus stop in Linlithgow is across the road from the meeting point. See the First Buses web site for detailed bus information. For those coming to the meeting point by car, there are several car parks in the town centre, however they do get busy even on Sundays so please allow for this.

Some useful info: There are public toilets in the town centre close to the meeting point if required (10p charge to use them though). The steps down from the aqueduct to the river side are in good condition, however the treads are rather narrow so care needs to be taken on the steps. Care should also be taken on the heritage trail itself as there are steeply-sloping sides close to the edge of the footpath at some points. Some of the footpaths can also be quite rough, stony, wet and muddy in places, so good waterproof hiking footwear is essential - gaiters might also be useful, if you have them. Crossing the aqueduct may be problematic for anyone who has difficulty with heights. Bring waterproofs and also a packed lunch - we will take a break mid-way during the walk. At the end of the walk, there are several cafes and bars in Linlithgow town centre, however it is not known which of them might be dog-friendly.

Walkers are responsible for their own safety and no member or organiser from the group can be held responsible in the case of any mishap. By signing up for this walk you are understood to have agreed to these terms. Please also make sure you have appropriate footwear for this walk.

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  • CatMM

    This was my first walk for months and as a comfortable challenge, it was the perfect leg stretching reintroduction. I thoroughly enjoyed it - lovely scenery, good weather, stimulating conversations with a delightfully varied group of people. Only comment would be that being towards the rear of the group I fear I may have missed out on some of Elaine's ever informative gems!

    February 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    nice people and beautiful placed visited. will def do some more of this kind of walks.

    January 31, 2012

  • Maureen L.

    Great walk around loch along river and canal. Haven't been in this area before. Worth visiting again. Long walk but not difficult

    January 30, 2012

  • Mairi C.

    A really interesting walk taking in the different waterways of the Linlithgow area - walking alongside the aquaduct was good fun as was negotiating the fallen trees along the way! Thanks Elaine

    January 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice varied walk which gave the legs a good workout - even had the unexpected bonus of a bit of an obstacle course to add to the challenge on this occasion! Good to catch up with everyone and to see some new members too

    January 30, 2012

  • Deb

    Thanks Elaine for a great day out!

    January 30, 2012

  • Gavin B.

    A great walk to kick off my walking year. As always nice people and not even fallen trees and mud could stop our progress!

    January 29, 2012

  • CatMM

    Hi Ana, I'll look out for you at Waverley tomorrow morning. I'll probably be wearing a black jacket with a light blue oval logo on the back. Tadas, we'll keep an eye out for you at Haymarket. (I'll email you both my mobile number anyway).

    January 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, I would jump on the same in Haymarket. Meet you all there hopefully ;)

    January 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea! Im thinking to take the 11am train too. I hope we can find each other at the station

    January 25, 2012

  • CatMM

    Just wondering if anyone else is planning to get the 1100 train and would like to meet up at Waverley?

    January 25, 2012

  • Debs & T.

    I attend the annual Jousting event at Linlithgow Palace - the Loch is really pretty, when the sun shines! Fingers crossed I get a place on this walk..............

    January 23, 2012

  • Mairi C.

    If a place has come up can I have it please - mairi

    January 4, 2012

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