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From the bridge across the Westquarter Burn (see #103078), the HArTT cycle route is signed along the lower path along the west bank.

The HArTT cycle route crosses the Westquarter Burn.

The HArTT cycle route turning into the Westquarter Glen proper.

The local path crossing the path to the Westquarter Glen and HArTT cycle route is built to a better standard than the main path.

A sudden change in path surface quality, and it gets worse further on. See also #103074.

The destination sign points to the HArTT cycle route's destinations of Callendar Park and the Falkirk Wheel as being up the path to Ash Grove but the HArTT cycle route badge points right along the path to the Westquarter Glen. See also #103 ... [more]

Really not the end of the cycle route, which continues across the road crossing. If there were special regulations like on a motorway an 'end of cycle path regulations' sign would be appropriate, but it isn't like that.

With all these 'End of Cycle Route' signs, it is difficult to tell where the HArTT route continues!

A decent quality bridge across the Westquarter Burn, and the path up to Polmont Road, both part of the HArTT cycle route.

A good quality of path surface, but it needs a good sweep!

A partially hidden marker post for the HArTT cycle route. You ain't gonna see that from the road!

No dropped kerb for the HArTT cycle route at the end of the path, a very narrow footway, and a busy road to cross. See #103067 for the view the other way.

The HArTT cycle route turns left from Sandy Loan onto Polmont Road, then turns right onto a path (at the sign post) where there isn't even a dropped kerb! No help crossing this busy road. See #103068 for the view in the other direction. ... [more]

Signs for the HArTT cycle route at Polmont Road.

The path into Callendar Woods diverges from the path to Callendar Boulevard.

Why have a straight path alongside the car park?

The cycle lane marking at the end of Callendar Boulevard encourages cycling on the wrong side of the road, just like #101199 at the other end of the road.

The end of Callendar Boulevard and the start of the path to Old Redding Road.

The road surface at the end of Callendar Boulevard is even worse than this photograph! There is a painted cycle lane on the left side of the carriageway, but not the right.

Having left Callendar Woods, the asphalt and signage for the HArTT cycle route return.

The entrance to Callendar Wood, with red marker posts. Or are they just bollards?

A T-junction in Callendar Woods, with a yellow marker post.

A yellow marker post in Callendar Woods.

Working from the map on the Falkirk Helix website, I've decided this must be the junction where the HArTT cycle route turns in all directions, in order to do a loop around Callendar Park in addition to the woods. However, only the yellow wa ... [more]

A crossroads of paths in Callendar Woods, and just a solitary marker post for the John Muir Way. Nothing for the HArTT cycle route.

A 3-way junction in Callendar Woods. As this is meant to be on the HArTT cycle route, I'd expect some sort of route information. The post on the right is for a circular walking/jogging route around the woods from Callendar Park.

An entrance to the Callendar Woods from Kemper Avenue, with a gap to the side of a locked gate.

A route sign for the walking version of the John Muir Way at Falkirk High station. This station entrance has two short flights of steps to get to the eastbound platform, and is not shown on the usually excellent National Rail station pla ... [more]

Helpful. Ed: The sign reads: "Callendar Woods Path Network" then in much smaller text: "Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society, Edinburgh"

A small park in Laurieston, with the path to the Helix park diverging to the left.

The path linking Laurieston to the Helix park, at the top of the hill down to the A9 crossing at #102863.

The HArTT cycle route crossing Icehouse Brae (North), with a waymarker post tucked away in the corner. Surprisingly, no 'End of Cycle Route' signs!

The HArTT cycle route turns right here, across Icehouse Brae, near the roundabout with the A9. What I didn't notice at the time was the shared-use sign on the grass verge to the right, before the roundabout.

Helix signage at Laurieston Road, but shows the HArTT cycle route turning right instead of left!

They don't make 'em like they used to!

A single bollard in an already narrow path, approached in all directions by paths. Is this really necessary? No directions on the signpost for the route to the right, which also happens to be the HArTT cycle route.

Helix signage at the junction for the M9 motorway underpass through to Grangemouth. The HArTT cycle route turns left here, and there is a tiny badge to that effect, but nothing for the opposite direction (seen at #102938).

'End of Cycle Route'? The HArTT cycle route turns left here, and there is a link to Grangemouth through the underpass on the right. See #102937 for a close-up of the directions sign.

The path under the M9 motorway connecting the Helix park to Grangemouth. From here, the signed route to the Jupiter Wildlife Centre is for pedestrians only. A signed cycle route to the centre of Grangemouth could be organised at minimal exp ... [more]

A toucan crossing across A905 Beancross Road, a signed walking route to the Jupiter Wildlife Centre, and barriers across a path to Chisholm Place/Almond Street. Primrose Avenue (to the left behind the camera) is a key link between Grange ... [more]

A path connecting Chisholm Place to Portal Road, without even basic crossing facilities like dropped kerbs where it crosses Newlands Road.

A path connecting Portal Road to Chisholm Place, although there are no dropped kerbs (nor any other crossing facilities) where it crosses Newlands Road. The whole length of Portal Road (which runs parallel to the A905 Beancross Road) is rid ... [more]

A single-sided sign for the routes available across the Grange Burn, but a low kerb rather than a proper dropped kerb at the end of the path. I wouldn't want to bump the bike over this when it is loaded with shopping!

A footbridge across the Grange Burn Flood Relief Channel, linking the Grange Burn path to Rannoch Park. The A905 and M9 motorway lie beyond.

The path alongside the Grange Burn, a bridge across the Grange Burn, and a sign for a completely cycleable walking route to Grangemouth Stadium.

Signs on the path network near the Grange Burn. The sign for Grangemouth Stadium is for pedestrians only, unlike the next one, shown in #102918.

Looking across NCN76 at the path junction near Torwood Avenue.

The paths clearly existed before NCN76 came along, and the alignments and widths were not altered.

A shared-use path starts on the left, to avoid the junction ahead, although NCN76 appears not to use it and instead turns at the junction, then turns again onto the next section of the same path. The dropped kerb is also far from flush, ... [more]

A painted cycle lane has been provided through the traffic calming pinch-point, but only in one direction.

NCN76 shared footway looking towards Zetland Park.

The transition between shared footway and road is a mess, with right-angled turns, and a bin and a cabinet blocking the way.

NCN76 goes from Park Road into Zetland Park.

Bo'ness Road in Grangemouth oil refinery. The footway has resumed, but the cycleway (see #102751) has yet to start.

The National Speed Limit applies on Bo'ness Road towards Grangemouth oil refinery. The footway ceases shortly, and only resumes at the refinery some distance past the narrow River Avon bridge.

The old road under the old railway bridge has been closed to motor vehicles, but remains open to cycling and walking into the Kinneil Estate.

An abandoned section of old road at Kinneil, with no connecting path to the footway on the new road, although it is not too difficult to walk across the grass.

The John Muir Way leaving a car park at the Kinneil end of the Bo'ness waterfront section.

The John Muir Way in Bo'ness has been resurfaced with smooth asphalt, and solar LED catseyes for lighting. However, the level crossing kissing gates remain.

The John Muir Way in Bo'ness has been resurfaced with smooth asphalt, and solar LED catseyes for lighting.

The John Muir Way path on the waterfront at Bo'ness has been resurfaced in smooth asphalt with solar LED catseyes for lighting.

A Commonwealth Games Legacy Glasgow 2014 cycle parking stand at the Bo'ness railway station.

Boyd Street, looking towards Laurieston Cross mini-roundabout.

Surely the 'End of Cycle Route' sign should be on the far side of the toucan crossing at Old Redding Road?

This crossing across the A9 took a while to cross. I wouldn't want this to be my route to and from work.

The path into the Kinneil Estate starts off narrow and twisty, but later widens out into more of a track.

NCN76 goes up this flight of steps to the Kinneil Estate. Smooth earth next to the steps acts as a sort of wheeling ramp. A single sign - easy to miss on this downhill section of road. I don't know why the path at the top of the steps co ... [more]

The hilly road to Bo'ness.

You couldn't make it up! The A905/A904 road to Bo'ness is as flat as a pancake but NCN76 takes a hilly route via Inveravon and Kinneil Estate.

Falkirk Council has installed dozens of these End of Cycle Route signs around its patch, and like many of the others, this one is also not at the end of a cycle route.

NCN76 turns right here towards Bo'ness while the Inchyra Road route carries on towards Grangemouth oil refinery (although this is not signed).

A sign with its posts blocking part of the width of the shared-use footway along Inchyra Road. The path clearly predates the sign. If someone is coming the other way, one of you will have to slow down to let the other go first.

A road sign straddling the shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road, with the posts more or less at the edges of the path, unlike the next sign.

NCN76 joins the shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road, but has several barriers across it.

The exit from Rannoch Park, a path from Rannoch Road, and their connection to the shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road.

The shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road. The person with the bike had ridden through Rannoch Park but dismounted at the awkward bit linking the park to the main road (see #102853).

While the John Muir Way signs give correct direction information, the HArTT cycle route signs tell people to cycle over a continuous crash barrier and down a steep embankment. The signs haven't been twisted around - they are bolted together ... [more]

The shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road. I'm sure there is room for the mobile phone mast to have been positioned further back and out of the way of the cycleway.

A path to Rannoch Park at the end of the Inchyra Road shared-use footway.

The uncontrolled pedestrian crossing across the A905 leads to the Inchyra Road shared-use footway. Presumably anyone cycling over that painted 'END' has to turn left with the traffic, onto the carriageway leading back to Inchyra Road.

A triple uncontrolled crossing across the A905 carriageways for pedestrians at Cadgers Brae Roundabout, across to the Inchyra Road shared use footway which runs between Rannoch Park and Grangemouth oil refinery.

A poor uncontrolled pedestrian crossing across the M9 on-ramp at the Cadgers Brae Roundabout. A gap in the cycle network between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The A9 approaching the Cadgers Brae Roundabout. A gap in the cycle network between Falkirk and Grangemouth. A shared-use path commences just after the roundabout.

A footway alongside the A9 at Beancross. A gap in the cycle network between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The HArTT cycle route turns left here at Beancross to go to the Helix park, but to the right is a glaringly obvious gap in the cycle network, through the Cadgers Brae Roundabout to Grangemouth.

The HArTT cycle route goes through the underpass beneath the A9 at Beancross.

Yet another 'End of Cycle Route' sign! The HArTT cycle route continues through the underpass beneath the A9 and then on to the Helix park.

A good surface but could do with a sweep.

Mumrills Road is now a well surfaced path between Sandy Loan and the A9 underpass at Beancross.

Helix signage with a HArTT badge at Mumrills Road.

The NCN76 turn from Bo'ness Road into Park Road is quickly blocked by traffic queuing at the Abbots Road traffic signals. No signage for the route to Grangemouth oil refinery to the right.

The painted cycle lanes on Bo'ness Road end here, and a jug-handle is provided to cross to the parallel access road to the right.

The painted cycle lanes continue from here into Grangemouth town centre.

The Grangemouth cycle route leaves the relative calm of the access roads to join painted cycle lanes on the main A904 carriageway.

The Grangemouth cycle route links between sections of access road alongside the main Bo'ness Road carriageway, with a short cycle track to wait on before making the turn across potential motor traffic to and from the A904 roundabout.

The Grangemouth cycle route links from one section of access road alongside Bo'ness Road to another.

The Grangemouth cycle route crosses Inchyra Road, next to the roundabout with Bo'ness Road, linking from the access road alongside the main A904 carriageway.

The Grangemouth cycle route crosses Inchyra Road, next to the roundabout with Bo'ness Road.

The start of the cycle route alongside Bo'ness Road in Grangemouth. The cycle side appears to be on the right rather than the left side of the line as the sign suggests.

A barrier on the track up to the Union Canal.

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