Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Clyde Gorge.

When you mention the River Clyde, visions of shipbuilding in Glasgow's bygone days springs to mind with all the muck and grime which went with it. So it was refreshing to visit this place seven years ago and see the Clyde at its wildest and beautiful best. That day the river was in spate and the falls were as impressive as any I had seen. It's taken me a long time to return and the walk through the gorge seemed to have had work done to it by adding more viewing platforms unless my mind was playing tricks with me.

The Clyde was much more benign than it had been all those years ago and the gorge took on a more beautifully sedate appearance and mood. The walk from the New Lanark World Heritage Centre which is known as the Badger Trail is only about three miles there and back but it never strays far from the Gorge and along the way there are ample opportunities to view the falls; the best one being the viewing point for the Corra Linn.

There are three falls in total -

  • Dundaff Linn which is just on the edge of the Heritage Site.
  • Corra Linn which is situated at a point where the Clyde Gorge narrows and is midway along the trail.
  • Bonnington Linn which is at the far end of the gorge and is just before you reach the weir (which is the point where the Clyde's character changes from being wide and benign to being narrow and spectacular). 

My only regret was that I visited maybe three of four weeks too early as the trees hadn't really started to get their autumn colours. I should imagine the gorge will be breathtaking when everything has changed.  


I have include five photos to the end of the blog which I took back in 2008 to show how it was that day and, as you can see, it was very impressive.

Oh and I've just realises that this is my 150th blog :)




River Clyde

Dundaff Linn

Dundaff Linn

River Clyde

River Clyde

River Clyde

River Clyde

On the Badger Trail

Water pipes from Dundaff Dam

Corra Linn

Corra Linn

Clyde Gorge

Light on leaves

River Clyde

Bonnington Linn

Clyde reflections

The Badger Trail

Autumn Colours

Dundaff Linn

Corra Linn

Dundaff Linn - Oct 2008

Corra Linn - Oct 2008

Corra Linn - Oct 2008

Bonnington Linn - Oct 2008

Looking towards Bonnington Linn



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