If you've been keeping up to date with the Braw Wee adventures, then you'll know that I recently completed the West Highland Way Solo. I've always been one for walking around the town I live in, when I was in Edinburgh I'd stomp up from Easter Road to the Westend where I worked because it was easier to do that than get a bus (I lived through the first set of tram works) and the same in Glasgow whether I lived East or West, always wandering between them and the city centre.
Then when the first Lockdown hit, I started to explore some longer routes round the city, and then after the second lockdown decided to escape the city a wee bit to discover new walks and the crazy idea to walk the WHW without much experience.
On preparation for walking the West Highland Way I discovered a few fab walks round Glasgow that I thought I'd share with you. Most of these are starting in the East End but easy to adapt from your bit of the city and to suit your needs if they are a bit too long (or you want to do longer!).
1. Clydewalk Walk Way - Glasgow Green to Uddingston. 11 miles.
This is part of the Clyde Walkway which is about a 40mile route between Partick and New Lanark. I started it at the People's Palace and took a beautiful wander along the Clyde on a mixture of paved footpaths and more dirt paths, but with some lovely scenery, wild life and peace although the whole time you are just minutes from houses, shops etc. When you get to Uddingston, there are a couple of lovely bits to sit next to the Clyde before jumping the train back to Glasgow! Click here for the route on Komoot.
2. Glasgow Green to Dumbarton. 16.5 miles.
This route was to help me practice doing longer distances, originally I had planned to get to Balloch but I started to get really sore feet about Bowling so decided to cut it short by 5 miles and get the train back from Dumbarton. This is a beautiful walk weaving in and out the city, a brilliant wee pit stop at Bowling for a seat and coffee from the wee shops at the Bowling Basin and then jumped the train back to Glasgow. The route is really easy underfoot, mostly along a walking & cycle path. Click for the route on Komoot.
3. Balmaha - Conic Hill Loop. 9 miles.
Realising that my experience of city walking probably wouldn't cut it for the training for the West Highland Way, I decided to try short sections of it and had a hill in it. I parked at the car park in Balmaha as this is where the route starts and ends, you walk back towards Milton of Buchan where you can join the WHW route coming from Drymen which loops round the back of Conic Hill taking you to the summit (and not as steep a climb as going straight up from the Car Park) where I sat for a good hour or so, and then back down the front of the hill to the car park. There are some amazing views and a good beginners hill walk. Click on the link to view the route on Komoot.
4. Glasgow Green to Canal Loop. Aprox. 10 miles.
This is a fab wee city walk that takes you through town up to Port Dundas, all the way to the back of the Botanic Gardens through the West End, down to Clydeside and back to Glasgow Green. Lovely easy long walk, with lots of stop off points for food, drink or just a wee rest. Click the link to view the route on Komoot
5. New Lanark - Falls of Clyde Loop. 7 Miles.
Many years I worked for South Lanarkshire Council as Trad Music Officer (yip there was such a job & I loved it), and had the pleasure of getting to travel round such an amazing area. One of my favourite places to visit was New Lanark World Heritage site, and the Falls of Clyde. Again not far from Glasgow, you can actually jump the train down and walk to the site no bother. This walk is a stunning route that takes you past the World Heritage site, along the side of the Clyde, up and behind the Falls of Clyde which are stunning. It's a bit hilly at parts and the path could get a bit muddy if it has been wet. Lots of wee spots to sit for a minute and take in the beautiful views. Click the link to view the route on Komoot.
I hope you've found this helpful and gives you a wee bit of inspiration for new walks, leave a wee comment and let me know how you get on or if you fancy more of these!