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WALKS IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

The following is both a list and summary with, in many cases, cross references to places mentioned elsewhere on this website. 

There are many routes to walk in West Dunbartonshire : Some fully paved and fairly flat; some core paths with varied terrain as set out by the council; some paths set out by the council around some specific feature; some incidental from regular use.

Some are shared with cyclists.

Some are are more suitable for disabled users than others.

Some of these are features in their own right and have been discussed elsewhere on the website. These are cross linked. Those that are core paths set out by the council are also given links.

ANTONINE WALL

This is theoretically all the way from the River Clyde where the Wall starts / ends next to Old Kilpatrick Fort to Bo'Ness on the Firth of Forth. Our end of the Wall varies in clarity and direct access.

index.asp?pageid=716092 Follow this link through to the specific forts aloing the route. 

AUCHNACRAIG PARK See Cochno Stones.

This is an extensive park. It has some well laid out paths although some have become rather weathered. The park offers a variety of walk, but you can also use it as a starting point to explore further afield such as Cochno and Jaw Reservoir.

For those wishing some more options here is one that starts near here at Whitehill Farm, Cochno Road, Faifley (NS 512 737) and heads towards the A809 (Stockiemuir Road), former Craigton School, Milngavie (NS 528 760) over a distance of 3km.

index.asp?pageid=719197 Auchnacraig Woodland Park.

index.asp?pageid=715987 Cochno Stones.

http://www.heritagepaths.co.uk/pathdetails.php?path=60 Whitehill / Milngavie route.

BALLOCH AREA 

https://www.plotaroute.com/search?keyword=balloch&searchfor=routes&ccode=&locality= This suggests several routes. Make sure you are looking at the correct "Balloch".

BALLOCH PARK Disabled accessible.

This is a great park with extensive grounds, a castle, a walled garden, a slipway and a play park.

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BOWLING HARBOUR Disabled accessible.

You can combine this with a longer walk along the tow path or simply visit the upper and lower canal basins.

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CARMAN MUIR 

You can combine this with a walk up the Hundred Steps following the old Drovers Road and going around the reservoir or head up Carman Hill. It is possible to vary the walk at will and even go all the way to Stoneymollan.

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CARMAN HILL / MOUNT MALLOW

Carman Hill can be considered as the southern crest of the larger hill of Mount Mallow. Opinions differ. Anyway it is the former that has the hillfort on it and offers great views. 

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CASTLE CIRCULAR PATH

This can be started at Dumbarton East Station or Greenhead Gardens which is where the National Cycle Route 7 links with it. It takes in the Clyde Shore, Dumbarton Castle and Knoxland Sqaure. The section along the Clyde shore is in need of attention again. Map available on the WDC website :  :http://https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813280/castle_circular_walk_final_file.pdf

CHRISTIES PARK Disabled accessible.

This is a very easy walk right in the centre of Alexandria.

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CLYDESIDE COMMUNITY PARK Disabled accessible.

A small park with a short section of "esplanade" along the shore.

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CLYDE SHORE DALMUIR See Clydeside Community Park above.

CLYDE SHORE DUMBARTON ROCK

It will eventually be possible to walk all the way from Dumbarton's town centre to Dumbarton Rock. You can of course go directly to the foot of the Rock and simply amble about. For something more see the Castle Circular Path above.

index.asp?pageid=715736 Dumbarton Waterfront Path.

CLYDE SHORE LEVENGROVE AND HAVOC

This easy walk takes you from Levengrove Park through to Havoc and beyond. 

index.asp?pageid=715801 Levengrove Park.

index.asp?pageid=715664 Havoc Hole.

CLYDE SHORE AT OLD KILPATRICK : See The Saltings.

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COCHNO AND LAW RESERVOIRS

The walk up can be a long slog, but it is well worth it. 

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COCHNO AREA 

https://www.plotaroute.com/search?keyword=cochno There are several walks on this website.

The CRAGS CIRCULAR PATH 

This is a variation on the Langcraigs route noted below and much longer. 

WDC offer this map : https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813277/crags_circular_final_file.pdf

DALMUIR PARK Disabled accessible.

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DUMBARTON WATERFRONT PATH Disabled accessible.

This links Dumabrton town centre with Dumbarton Castle. Much is still to be constructed, but that which is complete is great and can be started at the Riverside Lane parking or from behind Lidl near the Denny Tank Museum.

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DRUMKINNON WOODS Disabled accessible with care.

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DUNCOLM

Duncolm is the highest point in the Kilpatrick Hills. The route starts at the Gas Governor near Old Kilpatrick passing Loch Humphrey (or up the Cochno Road passing the Cochno and Jaw Reservoir).

ALL TRAILS website : https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/scotland/glasgow/three-duncolm-loop-bowling?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map&ref=sidebar-view-full-map

FORTH AND CLYDE CANAL TOW PATH Most is disabled accessible. 

This potentially can take you all the way to Grangemouth and Edinburgh (Linking with the Union Canal). 

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GALANGAD CAIRN AND WATERFALL

You can cycle to the starting point or go by car. Once there it is necessary to walk. Some over rough ground and heather. 

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A longer walk is from Milngavie to Balloch along the John Muir Way which passes close by these features. 

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1052635

GOLDENHILL PARK Much is disabled accessible with shallow slopes.

A laid out park with the added interest of being a Roman Fort location.

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GREENSIDE RESERVOIR

One of those walks with a long walk up.

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CRAIGANDRO WOOD / HUNDRED STEPS / DROVERS ROAD and then CARMAN RESERVOIR

An easy walk over and through varied terrain.

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WDC provide this map : https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813271/carman_reservoir_final_file.pdf

HUNDRED STEPS 

See the combined walk above. 

KILPATRICK HILLS

https://www.plotaroute.com/search?keyword=kilpatrick+hills&searchfor=routes&ccode=&locality= This suggests two routes.

KIPPEROCH ROAD

This path / track takes you from near the Dalmoak House Lodge on the Renton Road right through to Cardross. You pass through farmland with livestock and steadings. It is possible to use the bus to get to the Dalmoak starting point and return by bus or train.

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813289/kipperoch_road_final_file.pdf

LANGCRAIGS

Also see the Crags Circular Path above.

An easy walk if you keep to the low path. The upper path needs care. The small revine to come down through is not easy for all.

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LEVENGROVE PARK Disabled accessible.

 A great park with lots of interest.

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LEVEN TOW PATH Disabled accessible.

This links Dumbarton and Loch Lomond. Paved all the way.

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LEVEN RIVER FROM TOWN CENTRE TO DUMBARTON CASTLE – see Dumbarton Waterfront Path

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LOCH HUMPHREY

A long walk up, but worth it.

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LOMOND SHORES 

There are two very short and easy walks here. Both disabled accessible. 

Tree Loop & Meadow Walk - Go past the rectangular building through a small gate (not that obvious) and you will be under part of the TreeZone course. Follow the paths around a loop that takes you through trees, to the shore and around a small "meadow". You can reach this from Cameron House too. 

Drumkinnon Wood Walks - You can walk all the way from Balloch Bridge to Drumkinnon Bay and Lomond Shores. This takes you through a length of woods alongside the Leven. The actual Drumkinnon Woods though was a cluster just north of the Drumkinnon Gate housing and the overflow carpark for Lomond Shores. It survives in the form of maintained trees that encircle that carpark. 

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LUSSET GLEN Mostly disabled accessible.

This is a short walk amongst trees below the northern end of the Erskine Bridge.

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OVERTOUN ESTATE Some routes are disabled accessible.

The estate is extensive. There are two main options to enter it and once there there are a few options for routes including up to the Langcraigs. Access from Milton Brae off the A82 in Milton OR from Campbell Avenue (off Garshake Avenue). It is actually possible to walk all the way along a path from close to the police station in Stirling Road, Dumbarton. Another option is the rougher path which starts off from Barnhill Road. It is in fact the same road as the Milton Brae noted above which was meant to be a loop, but the surface is rough here. 

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OVERTOUN HOUSE CIRCULAR ROUTE Also see the Overtoun Estate Walk above.

WDC suggest this route up from Dumbarton Central Station.

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813286/overton_house_final_file.pdf

PAPPERTS WELL

This walk takes you up above Bonhill onto the hill amongst trees and heather. 

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WDC provide this map : https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813274/pappert_hill_final_file.pdf

The SALTINGS Disabled accessible.

This is a fascinating walk amongst trees under the Erskine Bridge and between the Forth and Clyde Canal and the River Clyde. The name comes from the saline water that creeps in part of this area and high tides.

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The SHORE AND CASTLEHILL

WDC suggest this route along the Clyde shore taking in Dalmoak and part of the Leven.

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813283/the_shore_and_castlehill_final_file.pdf

STONEYMOLLAN

This walk takes you up from Balloch across the M8 via a footbridge and up the hill. It is possible to walk all the way to Cardross from here.

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https://www.plotaroute.com/route/352088 Balloch to Cardross.

STRATHLEVEN HOUSE

Also see the localised walk below. WDC though suggest this walk from Dumbarton to Strathleven House. 

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/media/813212/strathleven_final_file.pdf

STRATHLEVEN WALK (Vale of Leven Industrial Estate)

This is almost all along the river bank within mature trees although it skirts the industrial area that it encircles. There is a section where you will pass through the light industry if you wish to complete the circle back to your starting point.

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The Vale of Leven Trust run an ACTIVE TRAVEL HUB from premises in Mitchell Way, Alexandria. Amongst their activities are group walks in the area. These include regular Monday evening rambles starting at 6pm from their premises (unless otherwise indicated). Simply show up or watch for details on FaceBook. Neither the weather nor lack of daylight are usually deterrents - the walks are simply varied to suit the conditions. Join them for an easy stroll and meet other local people. See details below.

ACTIVE TRAVEL HUB - Vale of Leven Trust : https://www.facebook.com/valeofleventrust/ and https://vale-of-leven-trust-active-travel-hub-sports-club.business.site/

Other links :

ALL TRAILS website :

https://www.alltrails.com/scotland/west-dunbartonshire/wildlife This has a great range of trails and useful maps. 

KOMOOT  website :

https://www.komoot.com/guide/68891/hiking-in-west-dunbartonshire This gives excellent suggestions around West Dunbartonshire for the more adventurous.

PLOT A ROUTE : 

https://www.plotaroute.com/ This excellent website allows you or your group to plan a walk and plot it on a map. What you see are walks experienced by many others - world wide.

WALKABOUT WD : https://www.wdwalkabout.com/ Even more options.

WALKHIGHLANDS : 

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ This gives details mainly, but not only, for the more adventurous and provides some good maps.

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COUNCIL :

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/leisure-parks-events/countryside-facilities-and-wildlife/countryside-and-leisure/walking/dumbarton-walks-maps/ Walks with maps.

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/roads-parking-travel/road-safety/road-safety-walking-cycling/ Policy and objectives.

https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/leisure-parks-events/countryside-facilities-and-wildlife/countryside-and-leisure/core-paths/core-paths-plan/list-of-core-paths/#:~:text=List%20of%20Core%20Paths%20%20%20%20Path,steep%20to%20north%20%2021%20more%20rows List of corepaths.

https://open-walks.co.uk/Directory/West-Dunbartonshire/

 

 

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