VALE OF LEVEN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WALK
ACCESS : Although it goes around the industrial area, is almost all through woods along the riverside. There are some steps at the Renton footbridge and up a slope at one point. Other than that only some mud can impede an otherwise easy walk.
This walk mainly follows the curve of the River Leven through woods that encircle the industrial estate. It is very picturesque. To get to it you have three options.
- Cross the footbridge over the Leven from Renton shown A on the map. ///dips.bulldozer.clip
- Park in Levenside Road within the industrial estate. Look for the signboard with the map and the green finger signs on a pole. That takes you into woods and from there to the riverside. This is marked B on the map. ///marathon.nuns.blackbird
- Take the footpath down from Strathleven Drive., This is marked C on the map. This path passes behind Strathleven House (discussed separately). ///evolves.bandwagon.hothouse
The walk can be done as a circle. This takes you past some of the industry, but most of it is still within woods on the riverbank. However Strathleven House is a highlight. Besides the paladian house, there are the doocot, old stables block (ruinous) and the pond amidst lawns and trees.
This map shows the layout of the walk and the various starting points indicated with red arrows and letters. It has been adapted from the map on the information board of the council.
The footbridge over the Leven, here looking back towards Renton.
The view of the Leven from the footbridge.
The sign at the starting point at Levenside Road within the estate. There is a similar one as you cross the footbridge from Renton.
You may be surprised what you find in these woods next to the river.
This view within the woods is just a little downstream from where the path enters off Levenside Road.
Strathleven House with its grounds can be incorporated into this walk.
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COUNCIL : https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813212/strathleven_final_file.pdf This shows how this walk can be linked through from Dumbarton.