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From its source to the sea, the river Clyde passes through a wide variety of landscapes – from mountains to hills, towns to cities, countryside to concrete – and the best way to discover the scenery, wildlife, architecture and history of this wonderful part of Scotland is to walk.
The 25 routes in this accessible and informative book have been chosen to illustrate the varied landscapes, and thus the diversity of walking, to be found on and near the banks of the River Clyde. Many of these routes are circular to take in the best of the scenery in the area around each stage of the river’s journey and to explore some of the most interesting towns and villages that have sprung up along its banks. The walks also highlight the wildlife, architecture and history to be found along the way. For many people, the Clyde still evokes an image of a river dominated by shipbuilding and heavy industry. Choose any of the walks over the Lowther Hills, Culter Fell or the Kilpatrick Hills, follow a route within the woodland of the Clyde Valley or head into the countryside of Upper Clydesdale, and any notion of the River Clyde as an industrial waterway will soon be dispelled. Select any of the routes around Glasgow, Renfrew, Dumbarton or Hamilton, meanwhile, and you will discover intriguing landscapes full of surprising urban beauty.