Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk


20 July 2019


Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel

Walk from one of Scotland's largest cities to the famous Falkirk Wheel, can you walk the distance of a marathon in one day?

Registration for this challenge is now closed! We're nearly ready and raring to go - see you at the start line in Glasgow!

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When: 20 July 2019

Where: Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel

The challenge

The Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk saw such a successful first year, we've brought it back for a second year! Walk the same distance as a marathon continuously through the day in July, passing many sites along the way including Kelvingrove Museum and Park, locks on the Forth and Clyde canal and finishing by the Falkirk Wheel.

'It was such a well-organised, incredibly executed event. I really can't emphasise that enough. At no point did I feel out of reach of support and help if needed, with enough freedom to really knuckle down and get the walk done.' - Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk 2018 Champion

Chat to other participants and get the latest information on the Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel Walk Facebook page.

Think walking the distance of a marathon is too easy? Check out our Glasgow to Edinburgh trek - 100km, 145,000 steps, continuously throughout the day and night. 

Registration costs

Standard Price 

Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk


You must be 16 years old to take part, and under-18's must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you would prefer a paper registration form, please complete this form and send it back to us at [email protected]



Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Champions have aimed to raise £350 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever.


Your Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk entry includes

  • Technical T-shirt (you'll collect your t-shirt on the day of the event)
  • Medical support
  • Free sports massage
  • Free hot meal 
  • Snacks and drinks on route
  • A welcome pack containing fundraising materials
  • Route Map
  • Medal for all finishers

Contact us

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]


Make your travel plans

Glasgow Science Centre, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, Scotland, G51 1EA

Getting to the start

By car

Got Sat Nav? Pop in our postcode: G51 1EA

From the M8 (east or west) take junction 24 and follow brown tourist signs.

For those more familiar with Glasgow and travelling East along the M8, it is possible to leave at Junction 19, travel down the Broomielaw, cross at the Clyde Arc ('Squinty Bridge') and travel along Govan Road and into Pacific Quay.

From the M77 stay in the left hand lane (marked Tradeston/ Kinning Park) as the motorway merges with the M8. Take the next exit (junction 21) and follow brown tourist signs.

From the Clydeside Expressway take SECC (E) exit and then follow brown tourist signs.

There is parking available in the morning, however this should only be used by support drivers dropping off participants. We do not advise leaving vehicles here for the duration of the event. 

Public transport

Stagecoach X19 (Govan Road / Pacific Quay)
First Bus No 90 (Paisley Road West)
McGill's Bus 23 and 26 (Pacific Drive)
Exhibition Centre is located on the Argyle Line with regular services running from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations. There is a covered walkway from the station to SECC, from where you walk past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and over the river to Glasgow Science Centre (10-15 mins.)

Travelling to us from North West England? Why not take the Trans Pennine Express!
The nearest station is Cessnock. Exit the station and turn left, then turn right onto Brand Street and then left onto Lorne Street. Turn left onto Pacific Drive and the entrance to Glasgow Science Centre is at the roundabout. (20-25 mins.)

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Finish Line

Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk, FK1 4RS

By Car
For Sat Nav enter FK1 4RS
From Edinburgh – take the M9 west for Stirling. Exit at Junction 8 of the motorway, and follow the brown and white tourist signage for The Falkirk Wheel.
From Glasgow – from the M80, then M876 and exit M876 at Junction 1. Follow signs for Falkirk and then the brown and white tourist signage for The Falkirk Wheel.
From the North – Follow the M9 south and take junction 9 (Stirling Services). At the large roundabout, take the fourth exit for The Falkirk Wheel and Denny (A872). Continue to follow the brown and white tourist signs.

By public transport
There are regular services from Glasgow, Edinburgh Perth and Stirling to Falkirk stations. Visit Scotrail for timetables and tickets.

The Falkirk Wheel is then just a short taxi ride from Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon or Falkirk High Station. You will find taxi ranks at the train stations, or visit for details of taxis available for hire at these locations.

With a daytime frequency of 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and 30 minutes on a Sunday, the First Bus 3/4 service takes you from The Falkirk Wheel to Grangemouth via the Town Centre and The Helix/Kelpies. The 3/4 Service boasts leather seats, luxurious interiors and free WiFi and have the distinctive images of the Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel and The Steeple on the exterior.

For more information on Service 3/4 and more visit the First Group website

By foot or bike
The Falkirk Wheel can be accessed from the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths. It is approximately a 2.5mile walk from either Falkirk Grahamston or Falkirk High Stations.

The main car park is a 5 – 10 minute walk along the side of the canal with a slight incline. There is a charge of £3 per day for parking. This payment helps to maintain The Falkirk Wheel and Scotland’s Canals.

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Be a Champion Fundraiser

Raise money

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. Previous Champions have aimed to raise £350 to take on this event to help beat heartbreak forever.  

Did you know that the easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up a Just Giving fundraising page? Share your page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, group chats, email and family and friends.

Create your fundraising page

Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Chat to other participants and get the latest information on the Glasgow to Falkirk Wheel Walk Facebook page.

Get fit for your challenge

This is a real test of endurance and mental strength. Dependant on your fitness levels, we recommend that you start training at least three months before the event to build up your distance and foot strength. 

You will walk at your own pace, however, there is a cut-off time at each checkpoint. The minimum average walking speed during the event is 3.6km (2 miles) per hour to complete the challenge within the time. If you fall behind this time, at a checkpoint, you may be offered a lift to continue the trek further down the route or should you wish to retire, transported to the finish or further checkpoints. There is also a maximum average walking pace of 6km (3.7 miles) per hour to ensure you are on track to hit each checkpoint safely.  

Make sure you have the right kit

Take a look at our recommended walking kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you. 

You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

Support vehicles

For a participants safety and welfare there will be support vehicles en route to collect any trekkers falling outside of the checkpoint cut-off times, experiencing difficulty or deciding to retire. They will be offered a lift to continue their walk further down the route or should they wish to retire transported to the nearest checkpoint or finish. In addition, where possible we strongly recommend each participant has access to their own support vehicle. A support driver information pack will be available soon to download which includes checkpoint details.

Volunteer for us

Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.

Got a question?

Check out our event days FAQs.


At the Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel Walk


Registration opens


First participant safety briefing, additional briefings will take place at 08:15 and 08:45

08:00 - 09:00

First participant safety briefing, additional ones will take place periodically between 07:45 and 08:45. 

Upon arrival you will be directed to the next safety briefing. 

 08:45  Final participant safety briefing


Event finishes

Starting off at Glasgow Science Centre, you will head through Kelvingrove Park, one of Glasgow’s oldest and most beautiful public parks, and head along the Forth and Clyde canal, finishing at the Falkirk wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. It's quite a flat route but does include a couple of hills. Every walker will be given a map of the route before the walk.  

At the start each participant will be issued a high-resolution route map and you will be supported on the route via the marshals and checkpoints. Areas where direction options are multiple a marshal or directional signage will be present. In addition, you will be required to check in at each checkpoint and will be issued with the phone number of Event Control at the start should you have any queries or issue at point during the trek.

There will be a total of 2 checkpoints along the route and at each varying facilities, including a free bottle of drinking water and toilets. There are water taps to top up your drinking water to help us make the event more environmentally friendly. During the event there will be points where you can buy refreshments however we would strongly advise you to bring your own supplementary snacks as well. 

Checkpoint locations

Start   Glasgow Science Centre
Checkpoint 1  St. Mary's Church, Kirkintilloch
Checkpoint 2  The Boathouse, Auchinstarry Marina
Finish  Falkirk Wheel 

The terrain

The route is a mix of tarmac paths and gravel and loose stone trails with the majority of the trek taking place on canal paths. It is at each participant’s discretion, but feedback from previous participants on this trek has indicated that given the nature of the terrain and difference in weight a good pair of broken-in walking shoes are recommended footwear versus walking boots for this challenge, but you may find it useful to try different types of foot wear during your training to see what suits you best.


Well behaved dogs are permitted on the trek but rules of the countryside code must be followed. We would remind participants that the walk is 100km and can take up to 30 hours, the welfare of any animal participating is the responsibility of the owner / participant and we would recommend that plans are in place for the animal to be collected should it be in difficulty or unable to continue. The decision to bring a dog is entirely at the discretion of the owner. Unfortunately, dogs will not be allowed on site at the finish venue, Edinburgh Academy. 

Luggage transfer

One bag up to cabin sized may be left with our luggage storage at Glasgow Science Centre and all luggage will be transported to the finish at the Falkirk Wheel. A luggage label with the participant number will be attached to the item of luggage, however should the label become removed it is also recommended for participants to also include their name, contact details and participant number on or in their luggage.


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