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Falkirk's Engineering Wonder

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Hidden : 10/18/2009
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a quick and easy cache for visitors to the Falkirk Wheel, within 200 metres of the visitor centre.

Getting to the cache will involve a hop over a fence using a stile.


A Bit About The Falkirk Wheel...

The Falkirk Wheel was opened by The Queen in May 2002. This engineering wonder is a unique rotating boat lift which allows vessles to be raised 24 metres from the Forth and Clyde Canal (Glasgow To Grangemouth) to the Union Canal (Edinburgh To Falkirk).

The Wheel in mid lift with a passenger boat in each of its caissons.

The Wheel is a major tourist attraction. It is therefore well equipped for visitors - with a vistior centre containing exhibition, restaurant and a shop, and a great play park for the kids!

The "Falkirk Wheel Experience" boat trip runs on a scheduled basis taking groups for a ride on the Wheel. Don't expect fun park style thrills, but its still a great thing to do.

After perusing the exhibition in the visitor centre to understand how it works, another good way to enjoy the Wheel is to walk around to see it in action from a number of different angles. You can get close enough to touch it as it swings past the visitor centre or walk up the paths behind it to see it from a number of different vantage points. It's also worth walking up to the aqueduct section and having a wander through the tunnel that feeds it.

For more details about all that the Falkirk Wheel has to offer, please visit its web site. Or look up its entry in Wikipedia.

Other Things To Do In The Area...

There is some great walking in and around the Falkirk Wheel site. For example, a woodland walk leads from the Wheel to the remains of a Roman fort at Roughcastle - see cache GC1J664. If you feel energetic, you can cycle safely from the Wheel for miles along the canal tow paths towards either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Getting There...

Once you arrive in Falkirk, the Falkirk Wheel is well sign posted. You will be directed to one of 2 car parks (both included as waypoints). Get yourself to the visitor centre and you are within 200m of the cache site.

Notes...

Please do not climb over any fences - simply stay on the paths until you find a suitable crossing point such as a stile.

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