Park at Recyke-a-bike. Wallace monument visit is a must for all Scots patriots. Car parking is free for customers of the cafe at Recyke-a-bike and there is also on street parking locally - the only charge is if you wish to ascend the monument itself. Start off with a gentle walk along the road and through the park and up the steps to the path which zig-zags its way up the slope just below the track, passing a series of wood carvings. It meets the track beside a couple of wooden benches. Cross over the track and continue up the path on the far side, with the monument visible above through the trees.
Continue to the base of the monument, which close acquaintance reveals to be huge, with elaborate stonework. Those who pay for admission can ascend the tower via a spiral staircase, and see Wallace's enormous broadsword and the superb views from the top.
From the door of the the monument head left. Even from here the views are excellent, especially over Stirling and its Castle but also towards the Highlands with Ben Ledi, and, over Bridge of Allan, Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Vorlich. Continue on the track and then fork right onto a path - there is a stone waymarker.
There are further good views over the river and Central Belt from the edge of Abbey Craig before the path heads through the trees and reaches a junction. Turn right here; further on, where the blue route goes left, you can either follow it to slightly shorten the route, or instead continue on the path directly ahead which has a couple of wooden steps. This descends close to the edge of the escarpment. Further down the main path turns right; turn left here downhill through the woods, aiming for the large stone wall. As the wall is reached turn right and head for the main road (A907) - Be very careful when crossing as this is a very busy road with limited visibility.
After crossing the road turn right and follow the footpath back to Recyke-a-bike where you can enjoy a well earned drink and some food.
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