NS8280 : The Forth and Clyde Canal at Bonnybridge

taken 17 years ago, near to Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Scotland

The Forth and Clyde Canal at Bonnybridge
The Forth and Clyde Canal at Bonnybridge
This photo was taken from where the main road crosses the canal. The hill in the background, with a trig point on it, is Cowden Hill.

Travelling along the canal in the direction the photographer was facing, it is two miles to the Falkirk Wheel, five and a half to Falkirk, and six to the canal's eastern end at Carron Sea Lock (where a short stretch of the River Carron links it to the River Forth).

Travelling along the canal in the opposite direction, it is thirteen miles from this spot to Kirkintilloch, and thirty miles to the canal's western end, where it meets the River Clyde, at Bowling.
Forth and Clyde Canal

The Forth and Clyde Canal links Bowling on the Firth of Clyde with Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth. It allowed goods to be transported between the east and west coasts, and to be exported from Glasgow to Europe or from Edinburgh to America, without taking the hazardous route round the north of Scotland or the longer route via the English Channel.

It is 56 kilometres (35 miles) long and has 39 locks, and the highest point is 47 metres (155 feet) above sea level. Originally there were 33 drawbridges, ten large aqueducts and 33 smaller ones.

It was designed by the engineer John Smeaton and opened in 1790, after over 20 years of planning and construction.

With time seagoing vessels became too large to pass through the locks, and competition from the railways in the 19th century led to it being more or less disused, and it was closed in 1963.

However it was reopened as a Millennium project in 2001, and linked to the Union Canal by the Falkirk Wheel.

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Geographical Context: Canals Place: Bonnybridge Landmark: Cowden Hill Canal: Forth and Clyde Category: Canal other tags: Forth and Clyde Canal Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Forth and Clyde Canal at Bonnybridge [17] · Road [11] · Cowden Hill [5] · Falkirk Wheel [2] ·
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NS8280, 60 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Lairich Rig   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 6 June, 2007   (more nearby)
Thursday, 21 August, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 825 801 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.0075N 3:53.1385W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 824 801
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph (Second Visitor for NS8280)
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