The River Clyde Walkway in Glasgow

Twenty-one bridges span the Clyde in central Glasgow. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to walk the Heritage Trail between the first and the 21st bridges. I just walked the trail between two of these bridges and crossed both of them. Here are some photos from my walk:

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The story of Glasgow’s bridges. This plaque can be found at the south entrance to the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge which was built in 1853.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

I started my walk from our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express on Stockwell at the foot of Victoria Bridge. I then walked down Clyde Street on the north side of the river and crossed the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. Then I traced my steps and walked back to Victoria Bridge (but on the river side of Clyde Street), crossed that bridge and then turned around and walked back to the hotel. It wasn’t much of a walk; but there was a lot to see.

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The Clutha bar across from the Holiday Inn Express at the foot of Victoria Bridge.

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Reflections in glass building next door to St Andrew’s Cathedral on Clyde Street.

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The main entrance to St. Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral (Roman Catholic).

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Another reflection of the cathedral in the glass building next door.  See here for the monochrome version of yet another cathedral reflection that was my entry for Monochrome Madness 3-13.

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Clyde Street one block west of the cathedral.

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Further down Clyde Street.

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View of Custom House Quay and amphitheatre from the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge.  Our Glasgow Lindyhoppers are dancing in the foreground (see here and here for more photos of the Lindyhoppers).

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Looking north across the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge (pedestrians only).

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Looking across the Clyde from the foot of South Powell Street Suspension Bridge near Carlton Place. St Andrew’s Cathedral is on the left and our Holiday Inn Express is on the right immediately to the left of the two steeples.

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Looking west at Glasgow Bridge and one of two Caledonian railway bridges from the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. That’s the Jury’s Inn hotel on the right.

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Famous tiger street art near the north entrance to the South Powell Street Suspension Bridge. See here for more Glasgow Street Art.

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Victoria Bridge. The first bridge to span the Clyde was built here and the city of Glasgow grew up on both sides of that bridge.

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View of City Union Railway Bridge and Glasgow Central Mosque from Victoria Bridge.

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Looking east underneath the City Union Railway Bridge from Victoria Bridge.

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The Glasgow Central Mosque is the largest mosque in Scotland.

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The Glasgow Sheriff – Justice of the Peace and Stipendiary Magistrate Court on the corner of Gorbals Street and Carlton Place and across the street from the Glasgow Central Mosque.

This was my last walk in Scotland. We spent the next day at Kelvingrove Museum and the following day we flew to Dublin and then all the way to San Francisco.

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6 Responses to The River Clyde Walkway in Glasgow

  1. disperser says:

    I didn’t see a whole lot of people. Was this the off-season or is it just that lightly populated?

  2. I walked along the river on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd of this year. There are a few bars on Stockwell that are always crowded. You can see about a dozen people outside the Clutha. I encountered very few people on Clyde Street but I peaked into the cathedral and there was a Mass going on with about 80 people in attendance. About 30 people were sitting in the amphitheatre watching the 25 or so dancers. I was the only one on the suspension bridge and I saw one other person on Victoria Bridge. Two people outside the mosque. The sheriff office / court building seemed to be closed. I passed about 100 people on the walkway between the two bridges. Some were on bikes. Most of them were walking. Most of the buildings on Carlton Place are empty. One of my guide books warns you to stay away from this part of town when it’s dark. I was probably the only tourist around. Buchanan Street and George Square are about a mile away. Both were probably filled with tourists and more affluent locals at this time. Glasgow has about a half a million people. 50 years ago there were a million people.

  3. Rajiv says:

    Someday, when I have money, I shall come by!

  4. Rajiv says:

    How come you are reducing our population? You want some Indians? We are breeding like rabbits.

    Correction – we put rabbits to shame!

  5. The famine in Ireland plus the clearing of the Highlands combined with the Industrial Revolution caused the population of Glasgow to soar past one million by 1900. By the 1950s the population still exceeded one million and the Gorbals district (Gorbals Street starts at Victoria Bridge) was considered the worst slum in Europe. Urban renewal projects began in the 1960s and since then most of the high-rise tenements in the Gorbals have been demolished and other urban improvements have been made such as the Clyde Walkway a few years ago. The Gorbals once was full of Irish and Highland Scots but most of them have moved on by now. Immigrants from other countries such as Lithuania started coming in during the early years of the 20th century and they were followed by Italians and other southern Europeans and then by people from Middle Eastern countries and Pakistan and India. The largest mosque in Scotland is on Gorbals Street at the south end of Victoria Bridge. It was built in 1983. Across the street is the Sheriffs Court that was built in 1986. It’s the busiest court in Europe. Next door is Lauriston House on Carlton Place which has been empty for decades. I’d say that about 20 of the 100 people I passed on my walk that Sunday were Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi. There’s a Sikh temple and a Buddhist temple in the Sauciehall area of west Glasgow and a Hindu temple a few miles southeast of my walk in Rutherglen which used to be part of Glasgow but is now considered a suburb (revised city boundaries have contributed to the population decrease). There are about twice as many Pakistanis in Glasgow as there are Indians and about as many Chinese as Indians. In 1900 the locomotive and shipbuilding industries were booming but those bubbles have both burst and unemployment hit the roof in the 1950s. There are still 1.7 million people in Metropolitan Glasgow. Experts predict that the population of Edinburgh will surpass that of Glasgow within 20 years.

  6. Peter Klopp says:

    As always, your photos were a visual feast. You were lucky to catch such great weather for your walk through the heritage site. I like the photos with the impressive clouds. Looking forward to see more of your posts.

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