And an easy four mile circular walk from Twechar to Auchinstarry and back again
Twechar is a fascinating village with a history going back to Roman times, and before. There is an old iron age fort on the Barr Hill which indicates continuous occupation of the area for at least 2,000 years. The Romans regarded Barr Hill as a key link in the Antonine Wall chain, and their extensive fort contained offices, barracks, and a large bathhouse. In more recent times Twechar was a coal mining and quarrying village, but now it has diversified, with major local employers including a major waste recycling plant, engineering, and a specialty producer of fine foods. The village is a friendly place, and locals are only too pleased to stop for a chat to the walker, cyclist, or canal boat mariner. Refreshment can be found at the Barrhill tavern, newly decorated and upgraded.
The Antonine Wall is at its most splendid here, and an excellent signposted 4 mile circular walk takes the visitor over Barr Hill fort (not too strenuous but a fair climb of maybe 500 feet ) and then along the Antonine wall to the Croy road, a few hundred yards down to Auchinstarry, and then back along the Forth and Clyde canal - allow a couple of hours just to enjoy the atmosphere and gain a sense of the fascinating history and landscape.
|Above: Dramatic views from the Forth and Clyde Canal over the unspoiled Kelvin Valley||Above: Narrow Boat cruises the canal stretch between Auchinstarry and Twechar|
|Twechar - historic cottages||Twechar - cottage terrace|
|Twechar War Memorial||Twechar Church of the Nazarene|
|The Barrhill Tavern, Twechar -well worth a visit.||Friendly landlady and locals, and excellent choice of real ales at great prices.|
|Lovely old wood panelling at the Barrhill tavern - this pub is a real classic!||Twechar - Roman undefloor heating pillar remains on the Antonine Wall - Barr Hill fort|
|Roman Bathhouse at Barr Hill||The Bathhouse complex|
|The Antonine Wall - here a massive ditch and bank kept the Picts in their place||Cattle graze peacefully|
|Auchinstarry Marina - now a bustling inland port and soon to enjoy a new hotel and restaurant complex||Auchinstarry Quarry offers picnic facilities and a mobile snack bar and is popular with cyclists, climbers and walkers|
|Looking back to Auchinstarry from the canal||Ideal cycling or footpath from Auchinstarry to Twechar along the canal|
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