From Cromwell, the trail heads through the pretty Bannockburn vineyards where several cellar doors offer wine-tasting and dining. Rounding Cornish Point, the trail heads into the rocky Cromwell Gorge and along the first of several cleverly engineered, cantilevered boardwalks skirting the bluffs. The Coffee Afloat and Burger Afloat boat is a welcome surprise at remote Cairnmuir Gully (check opening times).
The second half is more challenging, with decent climbs rewarding you with spectacular views. Other highlights include stacked rock walls and an impressive suspension bridge, plus close-up views of the Clyde dam before the final roll into Clyde where handsome heritage buildings house some lovely cafes and accommodation.