Walk 151 – Kelvin Walkway, Glasgow – 10.5 miles

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This 10 mile route between Milngavie and Partick feels surprisingly rural when walked from North to South, with the hustle and bustle of the city becoming more apparent the further along you go. Rather poorly way-marked for the first half, signage is then very easy to follow for the remainder of the route down to the Riverside Museum, where the Kelvin meets the Clyde.

TERRAIN: Expect a mixture of earth paths, pavements, cycle tracks and some mud! 

Print  Dog-friendly walk

  Car parking at Milngavie Train Station (free). Good public transport links between Milngavie and Partick Train Stations.

Kelvin Walkway

WALK REPORT: 6th August 2017

Sneaking down a woodland path during a family visit to the Botanic Gardens one weekend, my youngest son and I found ourselves next to a beautiful iron bridge across the River Kelvin. A natural adventurer, I was drawn to the way-markers for a closer look. “Kelvin Walkway” one indicated. “Interesting“, I thought, and after taking a few photos we rushed back up the hill before my husband and eldest son could miss us. “It’s amazing down there….” I recalled, “….so peaceful, its like going into another world!” Compared to the buzz of people around the gardens it had been surreal to take a few steps off the main path and suddenly find myself in such a beautiful, tranquil spot. The river was almost glass-like, everything was silent. I was going to HAVE to research this Kelvin Walkway!

Amazing how one moment in time can unexpectedly give you inspiration for your next adventure!

And so it was that a couple of months later I made the 1 hour drive to Milngavie Train Station with my mum to meet Gaynor, Celline, Gerry, Vicki and Geoff to get started! The lack of signage became immediately apparent and I was forced to follow the little arrow on my phone mapping app to get us moving in the right direction. In fact, the first proper way marker didn’t appear until around the point of crossing the Forth & Clyde Canal Towpath, approx 2/3 of the way in to the trail!! I even took a photo of it to mark the occasion. Moral of the story: plot the route out in advance and use a GPS device/mobile phone to follow it once there (or just download the free route I have already prepared for you!)

The motley crew, before the rain set in!

All in all, we had a fantastic morning walking this trail and in particular the first half really surprised me. I couldn’t believe how quickly we were out in the countryside; I had expected a far more urban feel to the walk. It was a strange feeling, a relief actually! Having said that, it was clearly also the less-used section of the route with much of it unfortunately very overgrown. Having only met the majority of my co-walkers that morning, I worried what they would be making of it all. Perhaps not quite what they had signed up for…. I needn’t have worried: they fought through the overgrown vegetation upfront, shrieks and screams of laughter filling the air! Even a fall in the mud and the constant drizzle didn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm

Along the Allander Water…but where is the path?!
It wasn’t all like that though, there were also some easy, nicely manicured sections.
Almost stepped on this tiny frog! Once we had found him we started to see them hopping around everywhere along the path.
The River Kelvin

As we neared the Maryhill area, the route started to take on a completely different feel, with wide surfaced footpaths being the order of the day.  This was the point where the Kelvin Walkway joined the NCN756 cycle track. We passed beneath a variety of road bridges, each one seemingly more impressive than the one prior. Amazing feats of architecture and engineering!

With official way-markers now visible at every turn, and all of us soaked to the skin, we marched on through Kelvingrove Park and down towards the Riverside Museum. Having left the car back in Milngavie, mum and I headed over to Partick train station to start our journey home. The benefit of city walks is not having to leave a car at each end! On that note, the car park at the Riverside Museum can be used for a fee however there is a maximum time limit (4hrs at the time of writing) so it would be possible, if you are a speedy walker, to start the walk at the southern end and take a train back from Milngavie to Partick, only 1 mile from the Riverside Museum.

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