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Pedal power.

Get fit, relax in the fresh air, or explore your local area. The walks and cycle paths around The Helix have so much to offer.


Cycling is an enjoyable way to get fit and spend some quality time with the family. It's also a great way to explore Falkirk's local landmarks and make the most of our path network.

Our paths connect to over 500 kilometres of cycleways across the Falkirk district, so you'll never be stuck for new routes. You can take it easy with the family or opt for a more challenging work out - the choice is yours.

Cycle Hire at Falkirk Cycle Hub

Located between The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel on the banks of the Forth & Clyde canal, the new 'Falkirk Cycle Hub' is the perfect place to hire a bike from for exploring the local area. You can hire everything from traditional bikes to electric bikes as well as specialist accessible bicycles.

Run by our friends Dawson Bike Club, their new workshop is found in Bankside Industrial Estate - a great base for exploring The Helix by bike!

With the new Helix paths and the growing cycle network in the Falkirk area, you can cycle for miles without ever going near a road. Ben, Sustainability Officer

HArTT Cycle Route

The Helix Around Town Tour: 16 mile circular cycle route connecting The Helix, The Falkirk Wheel and Callendar Park. The Helix Around Town Tour begins at The Helix and travels by cycleway and towpath through woodlands, glens and communities.


Maps of the HArTT are available in the Plaza CafĂ© in Helix Park, and the visitor centre at The Kelpies. You can also explore the map online here or download a PDF of the paper map here

GPS Assistance

You can use the online Helix Cycle Map on your phone. It will use your phone's Global Positioning System to show you your location on the HArTT (if your phone's settings allow it). Please bear in mind that this feature will affect your phone battery, and is best used as a check, rather than letting it run in the background.

We are working on physical signage for the route with our partners.

Local bike shops

If you still consider yourself a beginner at cycling, it may be worth your while consulting with a professional bike shop. We've listed some of the bike shops in the Falkirk area below.

Cycle Trails

We're lucky to be linked to two National Cycle Routes as well as the John Muir Way, which runs from Dunbar in East Lothian to Helensburgh in Argyll and Bute. You don't have to follow a set path, though - you can get out and explore our extensive path network. 

Cycling tips

We've borrowed some of the cycling tips below from the National Health Service's Choices website for safe cycling.

  • Wear a helmet
  • Be seen and be heard - wear high visibility clothing and use your bell if required!
  • Be aware of your speed when using our paths
  • Be alert and plan your route
  • Follow the Highway Code
  • If you're just getting started, take it slowly and gradually build yourself up - our Electric Bike Hire may be ideal for you.

We're not medical professionals, so we'd always advise that you consult someone who is before embarking on any health and fitness regime.