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Cycle parking on the northbound platform at Larbert station.

Cycle parking next to the entrance to Larbert station.

Intermittent painted cycle lanes on the 40mph A88 Bellsdyke Road, a signed diversion route for the M876 motorway.

Cycle parking and a pump at Larbert Library.

A marker post for the HArTT cycle route.

Signage at the Kelpies, at the last proper bridge across this section of the canal.

Unfinished trenching work at the Kelpies Marina.

Signage at the Kelpies Marina. The destinations across the canal can only be reached by crossing the lock gate in the background, or by going back to the bridge near the Kelpies car park.

Signage at the Kelpies Marina.

A last few twists and turns before the Kelpies.

Molehills in the asphalt?

Four ways, only two signposted, and a desire line becoming apparent.

Art in the woods.

A marker post for the HArTT cycle route's right turn. The path ahead leads to a bridge across the River Carron, so I'd expect a little more signage at this junction.

Another 'End of Cycle Route' followed immediately by the continuation of the same cycle route. Slow for and give way to anyone with keys to the gate.

A HArTT marker post for a right turn.

A HArTT marker post.

A corrugated underpass for the HArTT path beneath New Carron Road, but with poor sightlines at this side.

Slow for a sodding gate post? Surely priority signs like those on the adjacent road would be more appropriate.

Priority over oncoming vehicles for northbound traffic at the bridge over the River Carron, and narrow gaps for drainage and maybe cycling. The road is bypassed by the newer New Carron Road.

A barrier over the HArTT cycle path at Carron Road, and a diagonal crossing over to the next section of path.

The HArTT cycle path runs alongside the River Carron, and under this old railway bridge.

The asphalt surface has ended as the HArTT cycle path nears the River Carron.

The HArTT path gets narrower, and starts twisting and turning.

The Forth & Clyde Canal and towpath looking east. The van at the locks was parked right across the path.

A barrier at the Cumbernauld Road bridge and crossing on the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath, but no asphalt for the bypass gap.

The end of the cycle path from Cumbernauld Road and the Forth & Clyde Canal, but neither a dropped kerb to get onto the carriageway or a shared footway in either direction. Allandale to the left, Castlecary (and the quieter Walton Road to A ... [more]

Signs in Bainsford. I can't think why Carron and Stenhousemuir are only for pedestrians, or why they didn't name the hospital. Imagine walking three and a quarter miles and it turns out to be the wrong one! The single-sided HArTT cycle r ... [more]

Although the HArTT cycle path has been given a raised crossing (see #108674) and there is no road access across it, there are also no dropped kerbs to allow convenient access onto the cycle path for anyone living nearby. Some of the signs a ... [more]

As the road closure between Cotland Drive and Muirhead Avenue has been nicely placed where the HArTT cycle path passes through, it is a bit disappointing to see this 'give way' and lack of continuity on the cycle path.

Pedestrian signage on the HArTT cycle path at Bainsford, although not actually at a junction.

Signage for the HArTT cycle route, in its usual tiny writing.

Cycle parking at the Falkirk Wheel North Car Park. It is hard to imagine why anyone would park a bike here, some distance from the actual Falkirk Wheel and its visitors' centre, unless the canal towpath was extremely busy. Road access to ... [more]

The shared-use path from the canal to the Falkirk Wheel North Car Park and continuing onwards to the Park'n'Ride car park at the A803/A883 roundabout.

An 'End of Cycle Route' sign on the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath near the Falkirk Wheel, but which cycle route is it that ends here? NCN754 continues to Clydebank. The ramp to the right leads to the Falkirk Wheel North Car Park.

The Forth & Clyde Canal, with the Falkirk Wheel just out of sight off to the right.

The Forth & Clyde Canal towpath and garden at Bonnybridge.

The swingbridge at Bonnybridge on the Forth & Clyde Canal.

An access ramp and a barrier (with a BMX style bypass) on the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath.

No dropped kerb at the start of the path on Garbett Place. No signage either, even though this is part of the HArTT cycle route.

If there was a flight of steps here before, it is now a ramp.

The path from Camelon at Sunnyside Playing Fields. The path to Bainsford and Carronside is visible beyond the rugby pitch.

The path between Sunnyside Street and Sunnyside Playing Fields is a Right of Way.

The path from Sunnyside Playing Fields arrives at Sunnyside Street, although it is a bit hidden from view from the road by the buildings.

An opportunity to create a cycle link between Abercrombie Street and Mansionhouse Road across the A803 Main Street in Camelon by upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing. Mansionhouse Road leads to the Forth & Clyde Canal.

An opportunity to create a cycle link between Mansionhouse Road and Abercrombie Street across the A803 (and with A9 traffic) Main Street in Camelon, by upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing and installing dropped kerbs outside Falkirk ... [more]

No dropped kerb on the path from Carmuirs Park football ground car park to Mansionhouse Road. Mansionhouse Road could be developed as a cycle link between the canal and Camelon.

No properly dropped kerb at the steps and ramp (ramp out of sight to the right) up to the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath at the Carmuirs Park football ground car park.

Anonymous off-ramp from the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath to the Carmuirs Park football ground car park.

The HArTT cycle route goes down this steep slope to the Union Canal (see #101156). A new sensibly graded ramp has been built to the right (see #101153).

The HArTT cycle route goes down this track from Slamannan Road to the Union Canal.

Signage for the HArTT cycle route on a bus stop on Slamannan Road.

Someone must have decided this layout was a good idea!

The path towards Slamannan Road and Falkirk High station, with lighting columns placed so they do not obstruct the path.

A new path for the HArTT cycle route, together with waymarker post.

Tiny route signage for the HArTT cycle route. Easy to miss at a turn.

Barriers at Lionthorn Road crossing.

Once the path gets going, it is fine, until the next road crossing.

The nearest dropped kerb to the start of the path to Falkirk High station (see #103464) is on a very narrow section of footway, and together with the barriers makes for a needlessly awkward piece of cycling.

A kerb and barriers across the start of the newly rebuilt path to Falkirk High station. There is a dropped kerb but it's off to the left (see #103465).

The end of Hallglen Terrace and the start of the path through to the Glenburn Road underpass. See also #103233.

Lack of permeability at the end of Parkhead Road in Hallglen. There is a similar step off to the left as well.

The end of the Hallglen cycle path at Hallglen Primary School.

As seen in #103422, the dropped kerb on the Glenburn Road toucan crossing does not cover the full width of the tactiles.

At toucan crossing across Glenburn Road, the dropped kerb covers only about half the width of the tactiles. See close-up view at #103423.

The Hallglen cycle path goes around a bus shelter in New Hallglen Road.

The Hallglen cycle path crosses the spinal path.

The start of around 300 metres of cycle path to Hallglen Primary School from Nevis Place. It crosses the spinal path which doesn't appear to be regarded as a path for cycling.

The underpass beneath New Hallglen Road on the spinal path through Hallglen could do with some TLC.

The spinal path through Hallglen.

The spinal path through Hallglen.

The eastern end of the step-free section of the spinal path right through the northern side of Hallglen.

The path between the southeastern and southwestern parts of Hallglen. See also #103463.

'No Motor Vehicles' over the rebuilt railway bridge at Hallglen, although they'd either have to fit through the underpass at #103230 or come down some steps!

The Glenburn Road underpass, near Beauly Court, could do with a bit of tidying up.

The step-free access continues, but only through the underpass. Other than that, the only other option is onto the carriageway at Beauly Court.

The step-free path through the southeastern part of Hallglen, the opposite end from #103227.

The step-free path across the southeastern part of Hallglen. Although many of the connections seem to have steps. See also #103228.

Land available for a step-free path across to New Hallglen Road and connections to the wider path network.

One of the few step-free connections to the main path through the southeastern part of Hallglen, linking to Glenburn Road.

The John Muir Way heads across to the Union Canal from New Hallglen Road.

The road towards Callendar Woods at New Hallglen Road.

The path from the Westquarter Glen meets up with New Hallglen Road. The nearest sign for the HArTT cycle route is at #102843.

The path alongside the Westquarter Burn suddenly gets rather steep for the climb back up to New Hallglen Road. More like a mountain biking route than a local cycle network route!

A new bridge over the Westquarter Burn for access to a new housing development. Imagine if that sort of money had been spent on the path!

A new bridge for access to a new housing development, crossing the Westquarter Burn and path.

The path alongside the Westquarter Burn.

End of the asphalt as the path heads towards the Westquarter Burn.

A sign for the HArTT cycle route pointing towards Spinkhill (see #103160), but as the old railway bridge was removed (see #103161), a hair-pin bend path has been built up to New Hallglen Road to use its bridge instead. No indications whethe ... [more]

No signs for the HArTT cycle route at the busy Redding Road Roundabout, nor any suggestion that the footway may be shared use. Plenty of space, but just an ordinary narrow footway.

A track that used to lead to a bridge that the HArTT cycle route used to cross the railway line. However, the bridge has been removed, leaving only the New Hallglen Road bridge to cross by. The HArTT cycle route sign at #103163 can be se ... [more]

Tiny signs for the HArTT cycle route below another sign at Spinkhill. Are people really expected to notice these?

No through road, gated access

Signage for the HArTT cycle route on Spinkhill, directing cyclists going to the Helix and Kelpies through the Westquarter Glen.

Steps down into the Westquarter Glen. Maybe next time I'm in the area I'll explore the other options the HArTT cycle route could have taken.

More steps on the path through the Westquarter Glen.

Steps on the path through the Westquarter Glen. Not what you'd expect on a signed cycle route.

A waterfall on the Westquarter Burn. A nice path for a walk, but there's a surprise for cyclists following the signed HArTT cycle route just around the next bend.

The path up the Westquarter Glen.

The path up the Westquarter Glen.

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