River Forth walk, Stirling to Craigforth

A fine June day with some showers expected so we travelled light. Begin this walk from the junction of Cornton Road and Causewayhead Road with nearby bus stops on Causewayhead Road. Alternatively you can park at the car park by the river near the M9 bridge over the Forth at Craigforth. Either way this is an out and back walk through surprisingly rural landscapes yet close to the Stirling city centre. We started at the historic Stirling Bridge crossing over from Cornton Road to follow the path on the south side of the river heading west towards Craigforth.

At this time the river seemed to be flowing the wrong way but this was a tide effect as the river is tidal all the way to the M9 road bridge at Craigforth. It was a quiet day during the Covid lockdown and we enjoyed focusing on the birdlife including ducks, heron, gulls and sand martins. Just after the Allan Water joins, the river becomes more rural and we pass the islands and Old Mills Farm before arriving at the car park at the M9. The structures on the river here were for the mill and salmon netting. Today this is a favourite spot for anglers with a sandy bank ideal for casting a fly line.

Salmon fishing

If you have time it is worth crossing the Forth here at the pipe bridge and following the path on the opposite bank towards the Allan Water before returning.

We retraced our steps back to Stirling and had to wade a short section of flooded path which had been dry on the way out but had now succumbed to the tide, worth checking the tide tables before you go!

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Bandeath walk

Monday 15 Jun

A dull day in June but fair weather for a walk during the COVID-19 lockdown. This is a level easy walk through part industrial estate and the old Bandeath Munitions depot near Throsk, not far from Stirling. The immediate surroundings are not very scenic but have a lovely backdrop from the River Forth to the Ochil Hills. We started the route  from the car parked on the old road at OS Grid Ref: NS 85904 91130. From here you follow the short side road heading NW and pick up the path through the woods which takes you into the Bandeath industrial estate and the old munitions site. Mostly farm land now but the old buildings and a jetty with an old crane remain. The munitions site was in use from 1916 to sometime in the 1970’s when the site was sold to the local council. Reminder of how things were in the 20th century.

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