Bankin one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bannockburn and Kincardine.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bannockburn and Kincardine.

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Is this route good enough? -  No (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

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Grid Ref NS8113690248
Lat / Lon 56.09019° / -3.91196°
Easting / Northing 281,136E / 690,248N
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Grid Ref NS9312087513
Lat / Lon 56.06846° / -3.71836°
Easting / Northing 293,120E / 687,513N
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Bankin One's land is

Arable 52.8%
Estuary 7.0%
Moors 2.1%
Other 0.4%
Pasture 19.2%
Urban 14.8%
Woods 3.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



04 Jul 2022 Summer

Review of SlowWays Route Bankin1 (Bannockburn to Kincardine).
I walked this route on a day of sunshine and showers in June 2022. It is a long and at times quite challenging route but it winds through plenty of open countryside with big views over what would have at one time been the Forth flood plain. The main challenges with the route are (1) a section on roadway with no pavement; (2) a section along the edge of a cereal field with no discernible footpath and (3) an apparent block to the route which requires a significant detour. Because of the third of these challenges, I am unable to recommend the route and instead have suggested an alternative (Bankin two).
I walked the route in reverse, beginning in Kincardine. The route heads out of the town and across the Kincardine on Forth Bridge with views up and down the river. Staying on the right (north) side of the bridge makes finding the footpath under the A876 much easier. Once this has been negotiated, there is a quiet section along country roads until the A905 is reached. The route then crosses the road to enter the Airth Castle Estate. After following some estate footpaths, the route joins a metalled road leading to the gates of a large house on the edge of the estate. According to the map provided, the route carries on straight ahead here. However there was a closed gate across the end of the road and the area beyond appeared impassable. I did try (wading through waist-high grasses and brambles) until a local householder yelled at me that there was no path there. I was keen to press on but he insisted, warning me that it was unsafe due to “black adders”. I was unconcerned by this prospect but gave up the search to avoid further confrontation (and because there really was no sign of a way through). I then had to retrace my steps back to the A905 and detour via the village of Airth to reach the beginning of the remainder of the route (see Bankin two for the full review).

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