Walk 45 – Galston to Newmilns River Walk- 3 miles

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A scenic linear woodland walk alongside the River Irvine on a newly surfaced track between Galston and Newmilns. The council have done a great job in laying the new footpath, which actually forms part of the Local Cycle Network. This is a “there and back” walk with a distance of 1.5 miles each way.

buggy friendly image  Buggy friendly walk

Print  Dog-friendly walk

  Parking available at Tesco Galston or on-street on Barmill Road. Local bus service stops on Polwarth Street outside the Tesco store.

route image  Route: Starting on Barrmill Road, Galston, walk across the running track to a newly surfaced footpath which runs alongside the River Irvine. (To avoid the running track turn left of Barrmill Road onto Maxwood Road and then left again onto Castleview Avenue – this links up to the same footpath). Simply follow this path all the way along, as far into Newmilns as you wish, and return via the same route. We stopped beside a footbridge on the outskirts of Greenholm as you will see on the map and this make it exactly 3 miles there and back.

Galston to Newmilns river walk

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WALK REPORT: 27th April 2016

My friend Carolyn S invited me to try out this route with her and her little one. I am always on the lookout for good buggy walks so was more than willing! We couldn’t have chosen a better morning in terms of the weather: the sun shone the whole time, even the parasol made an appearance :-) And the true test of a good buggy walk: did baby fall asleep? Yes he did!

Not mine, he talked all the way, but as he is fast approaching 3 years old his buggy days are probably coming to an end very soon, sob sob…..  He was much better behaved than on the windfarm walk Carolyn and I did together a few weeks ago, but he did still get bored very quickly and kept asking when we were going back to the car. Some snacks kept him occupied for a while but I have to admit to myself that he just doesn’t enjoy being in the buggy nowadays, he needs more stimulation than that. I reckon I’ll need to pack the buggy away soon and let him toddle along with me, sticking to short child friendly routes when he is with me.

What I have come to realise and love about the Irvine Valley is their paths network – you can literally walk all the way from Hurlford to Loudoun Hill and not need to go near a main road at any point. This new route is a very welcome addition to an already fantastic network of paths in the area!

The running track in Galston where this walk begins
The locals….
Love these wee chairs! I also came across them on the old railway walk between Darvel and Loudoun Hill. I wonder if there are any more around!
This lies just off the footpath and appears to be some old railway tracks and what looks like a short tunnel, although I am not sure a train would have fit through? Under the tracks now there is a burn so it was perhaps a bridge at one time. If you know then please get in touch and reveal all :-)

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3 thoughts on “Walk 45 – Galston to Newmilns River Walk- 3 miles

  1. Hello and thanks so much for getting in touch. The entrance point to reach the riverside path is Stratholm Terrace.

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    You definitely don’t want to walk along the A71, you are correct there.

    ViewRanger recently switched off its app and I haven’t had time to change everything over yet, however the replacement app is Outdooractive and once you download that app you can click the Viewranger link in my blog and it will open on Outdooractive automatically.

    Enjoy the walk!


  2. Hi there :). I’m staying in Newmilns with my little dog and would love to do this walk in reverse. I’m very close to where it starts, but I’m struggling to find where it actually begins from this end. If I enter the destination of Barmill Road on Google maps, it just gives me a route along the A road (which would be a horrible walk!). I’ve walked along Stratholm Terrace to where the road ends at a kennels and can’t see where to go from there. It would seem the only way to go would be to enter some farmer’s fields and up some very steep hills, but I’m cautious about this in case I’m not supposed to be there! (And in case it’s a livestock field). It’s hard to tell from the map on your blog exactly where the red line lands as the road names aren’t shown. I tried to download the viewranger app, but unfortunately it has been shut down. Do you happen to know/remember how I can access the route from the Newmilns end please? I know it’s been a while since you posted this, so no worries if you don’t, I just thought I would ask on the off chance 😁. Thanks for your help.

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