Access: The nearest mainline railway station to the start point at Kirkintilloch is Lenzie Railway Station. Or you could travel to Bishopbriggs Railway and join the canal earlier. See www.thetrainline.com. If you are driving, park in Kirkintilloch town or start a little earlier on the canal at The Stables pub.
Start: Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, at the bridge where the road crosses the canal.
Finish: The Falkirk Wheel.
Distance: 23km / 14 miles
Elevation gain: Mostly negligible
Return: Cycle past the Falkirk Wheel and on to the Union Canal, via a long tunnel. You will see a sign for access to Falkirk High station, which is reached only 200m from the towpath. Board the train to Lenzie or Bishopbriggs, changing at Croy station, or to Glasgow.
Terrain: Flat traffic free path along the Forth & Clyde canal; mix of tarmac, gritted tarmac and some rougher trails.
Bikes: Hybrid and mountain bikes.