Walk 111 – The White Cart Walkway, Glasgow – 7.7 miles

The White Cart Way is a fully way-marked urban walk in Glasgow’s South side. Starting at Pollok House it follows the White Cart Water as it winds it’s way through the city. The official walk ends at Holmwood House, 4 miles away.  The route described below then forms a loop back to the start via a combination of residential streets, Newlands Park and a scenic countryside track on the edge of Pollok Golf Course. The majority of the White Cart Way is on pavements however towards the end there are some steps to be aware of and if you choose to follow the suggested return route be prepared for a muddy section at the end! 

viewranger-logo-new-jan-2017  Click HERE to view or follow a map of the route

parking-available-icon  Car park at Pollok House (G43 1AT)

route image  ROUTE:  Start from the footpath running along past the front of Pollok House, with the White Cart Water on your right. Continue through the old stable yard and keep right at a fork to follow a tree-lined path along the river. Turn right onto Pollok Avenue and carefully cross Pollokshaws Road, picking up a path which runs alongside the football pitch. Cross Shawbridge Street onto Riverbank Street and after passing Lidl turn right onto Riverford Road. You will reach a crossroads – turn left onto Auldhouse Road. At the end of the road turn left onto Kilmarnock Road, crossing over where safe, and taking the first right onto Corrour Road. After a short distance turn left onto Riverside Road and after Newlands South Church turn left onto Langside Drive. Cross over and pick up a path on your right which has a red brick wall along its length and follows the course of the river. This path emerges onto Carmichael Place. Take the first right onto Cartside Street, lined with terraced houses, and first right to head towards the river. Ignore the footbridge follow the path behind another set of terraced houses to emerge onto Cartside Quadrant, continuing to follow the bend in the river onto Spean Street. On reaching the former Holmlea Primary School (being converted into flats), cross over onto Old Castle Road. After passing beneath Cathcart Rail Station, you will come to a roundabout where you continue straight ahead to stay on Old Castle Road. After a short distance turn right onto Snuff Mill Road and cross the attractive stone Old Snuff Bridge. Follow the (sometimes muddy) footpath on your left uphill through the trees. You are now on the outskirts of Linn Park. This path follows the course of the White Cart Water. Turn right when you reach Millholm Road then left onto Netherlee Road. On your left you’ll soon come to a tree-lined lane, leading to Holmwood House, and the end of the White Cart Walkway.

On arrival at Holmwood House you have a few options:

  • Arrange transport back to the start
  • Retrace your steps along the White Cart Way, or
  • Follow my suggested return route below to create a loop… (shown on the map above)

SUGGESTED RETURN ROUTE: Leave the grounds of Holmwood House onto Netherlee Place. At the crossroads turn right onto Netherlee Road and third left onto Craig Road. A the end of Craig Road you will emerge onto B767/Clarkston Road. Cross with care and continue straight ahead onto B762/Merrylee Road. After approximately half a mile turn right onto Lubnaig Road. Continue straight at the fork and then turn left to enter Newlands Park. This footpath cuts directly across the park and out onto A77/Kilmarnock Road at the other side. Turn left onto Kilmarnock Road then right onto Nether Auldhouse Road. Follow this busy residential street just over half a mile along to the roundabout at B769/Pollokshaws Road. Turn right and at the end of Shawhorn Crescent cross Pollokshaws Road and pass through the railway bridge to leave the busy road behind. This (usually muddy) track takes you along the edge of Pollok Golf Course and emerges in front of Pollok House via a stone bridge across the White Cart Water. After crossing the bridge turn left to return to the car park. 

Pollok House (photographed on a sunnier day!) marks the start of this walk. It is a grade ‘A’ listed mansion managed by the National Trust for Scotland and is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family, dating back to the 13th century.
The walk ends at Holmwood House approximately 4 miles away on the edge of Linn Park . Designed by renowned Scottish architecht Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and built in the 19th century, it is now a National Trust for Scotland property.

WALK REVIEW: 28th January 2017

I only found out about The White Cart Way a few weeks ago whilst writing my walk review for Pollok Country Park. I don’t normally opt for urban walks but as this one follows the White Cart River on part of it’s journey between Eaglesham and The Clyde, I figured it could be worth a bash.

My friend and I met at Pollok House at 9am to avoid the start of the weekly park run. It was a cold and wet morning with heavy rain forecast. Not ideal, but as we had planned the date a few weeks ago we decided to stick with it.

I had walked the first section through Pollok Park before but after that I was very much in unknown territory. I was glad to have uploaded a map of the route to my mobile because despite it being well signposted we still managed to go wrong a few times. For the most part it was possible to simply follow the Kingfisher signs but in some places there were actually too many of them which got confusing. I believe there were two reasons for this:  1) both the outbound and return routes are waymarked which means you sometimes have signs pointing in opposing directions, and 2) there is a choice of routes at one stage and signage for all the options. Either that or I am even more terrible at navigating than I thought and can’t even follow simple signs 😮

The Kingfisher signs which point out the way. I did actually spot a real Kingfisher on our walk which was very exciting! At first I mistook it for a Robin (bird species are not my forté) but despite it having a red belly, the feathers on it’s back had a blue tinge rather than brown.
The White Cart Way inside Pollok Country Park
The route follows the White Cart River through several residential areas including Pollokshaws, Langside and Cathcart
We passed this beautiful cast iron swing set in Holmlea Park, Cathcart. Obviously it is no longer in use but isn’t it fabulous that the frame has been retained following the refurbishment work completed in the park in 2012!
The former Holmlea Primary School, now a derelict building having been empty since around 2004. It is such a shame that nothing has yet been done to convert this into flats or similar.
At Cathcart Train Station the White Cart Water passes under several road and rail bridges including this lovely stone one.
The route crosses the iconic Snuff Mill Bridge in Cathcart. Dating from 1624 it is the central feature of the area. Millholm Mill (now houses) is to the right of this photograph, hidden by the tree. Built in 18th century, it was converted from a grain mill to a paper mill and then later to a snuff mill at the height of the tobacco trade. The large tenement building behind the bridge is Lindsay House. It is said to pre-date most tenements in Glasgow, having been built in 1863 by David Lindsay (son of the mill owner) for himself and his workers. The bridge and mill now form part of a Glasgow City Council Conservation Area – read more about it here..
After crossing Snuff Mill Bridge the walk turns from urban to countryside for a short time. A pleasant wooded area on the outskirts of Linn Park, the ground was pretty muddy on our visit. My friend tells me she once pushed a pram along here! (not recommended!)
Tree-lined walkway leading to Holmwood House
This is Newlands Park which we cut through on our way back to Pollok Park. It is small but offered a welcome relief from the traffic on Merrylee Road constantly whizzing past.
Everyone who has been to Pollok Country Park has seen the stone bridge which crosses the river in front of Pollok House, right? On my previous visits I had always been curious (as I tend to be!) as to where the path beyond it led. When planning our route for today I saw that we could come back via Pollok Golf Course which meant that we would then cross the bridge from the other side of the river. Perfect. I can highly recommend taking a walk down there next time you visit because although muddy, it is such a scenic track. It eventually leads you out onto Pollokshaws Road from where you can re-enter the park from the main entrance and return to Pollok House via the footpath along the White Cart river.
The much-loved bridge at Pollok House. Have you ever ventured down the path at the other side of it??

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9 thoughts on “Walk 111 – The White Cart Walkway, Glasgow – 7.7 miles

  1. Never done the full trail, but you might like to know that Holmlea school is currently being developed into flats, as you suggested, plus additional appartments in the grounds.


    1. Great to know, thank you. It is about time something was done to the property, it was a shame to see it in such a state of disrepair. Thank you for getting in touch! When I saw your comment I read back through my walk report for the first time in a while and I noticed that the map image had disappeared somehow and that the link to the route description was broken (I think it linked out to the official route leaflet and I can’t find a new working link) so I have added the map back in and written out the route now. If you hadn’t of commented goodness knows when I would have noticed so thank you!


  2. Did this lovely walk today 25.09.2021. Clear directions and lots to see. Just a point to note that you can no longer park inside pollock parking at weekends but easy enough to park on the road outside.


      1. No idea why no parking at weekends. Seems madness. Park run was on when we arrived but all entrances had signs saying no entry and had council workers stopping any cars trying to get in. Seems mad to me but maybe a perfectly good reason for it. X


      2. Yeah Park Run every Saturday and attracts a lot of people including families to the park, so it is probably to limit the amount of traffic for safety. Perhaps arriving before it starts or later in the day the car parks might re-open.


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