Getting his kicks... on cycle route 76!

Grangemouth Town Mosaic
Grangemouth Town Mosaic

Grangemouth Town Mosaic’s 40th anniversary next year prompted a visit using the Round the Forth Route, National Cycle Network route 76.

From Grangemouth to Stirling south of the river, the countryside holds lots of interest.

A short diversion takes in Airth Castle and the ruined church beside it.

Next to the route, peat is still extracted from Letham Moss, now using specialised machinery with wide tracks, instead of the light railway.

Plean Country Park and house are also nearby.

East of Cowie, the OS map shows cup and ring marked rocks. Looking for them, exploding out from behind a bush was a startled hare. Its form had two nests.

Walking into the wind, its noise covering my footsteps, I came very close to a deer grazing.

Then, returning to the road, I found badger tracks – the impression of its long claws clearly seen in the mud.

Joining the A905, on the Bandeath Industrial Estate are the former Admiralty munitions stores and jetty with railway mounted crane. Diverting to the east side of Throsk and crossing a paddock, one then finds the piers of the former Alloa swing bridge – an amazing sight.

And, at Fallin, the open air Polmaise mining museum adjoins the cycle 
path, which was once the colliery railway. It goes over a rare timber trestle bridge at this point.

Further east it crosses Bannockburn, the 1314 battle site just upstream which is nearing its 700th anniversary in June of this year.