Rising in the shadow of the Lowther Hills, the country’s third longest river winds through rolling Lanarkshire farmland and past historic market towns on its way to the fertile Clyde Valley and the former industrial heartland of Scotland before it reaches the city of Glasgow and the Firth of Clyde.
From source to sea, the River Clyde passes through some of Southern Scotland’s finest scenery. There is no better way to discover the wildlife, architecture and hisory of this area of Scotland than to walk. Whatever your ability – walking at high or low level, following tough terrain or level paths – the 25 routes in this guide offer something for everyone.
160 pages / 105mm x 148mm
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Rivers have been at the centre of Scottish life for thousands of years. For the earliest settlers a river meant survival – a source of food, drinking water and transport. Over the centuries villages, towns and all of Scotland’s cities have grown and developed along the banks of a river. From the Industrial Revolution, when Scotland was one of the manufacturing powerhouses of Europe, until the long decline of heavy industry in the 20th century, rivers were integral to Scotland’s economic development. As towns and cities attempt to reinvent themselves in the wake of that decline, rivers are crucial to regeneration, providing key destinations for residential developments, offices, leisure and recreation. Water activities such as rowing, sailing, kayaking, canyoning and fishing are increasingly popular, and wildlife is making a comeback as the environment begins to recover from pollution.