Perfect 10k trail route

I feel so lucky to live to close to many perfect trail routes to run however there is nothing quite like the start of the West Highland Way (“WHW”) and into Mugdock Country Park.  The path undulates, there is a small climb and the path underfoot is ideal for all seasons. It is mostly woods surrounding the path and this morning there were large patches of blue bells and butter cups.

Starting at the Drumclog car park, off Mugdock Road next to Mugdock Reservoir the path joins the WHW for 3 miles past Craigallan Loch. After the houses there is a gate on the right had side with a steep climb through Loch Woods to Broadmeadow Road and into Mugdock country park. There are numerous trail paths through the park to chose from. We followed one to the South Lodge car park which rejoins Mugdock Road.

Why not go and investigate the route and tell me what you think?

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If you go down to the woods today….

I have been part of the team responsible for setting up the new Drumchapel Parkrun in Garscadden Woods East on Drummore Road. Today was the first official run round the rather challenging and hilly 5km route in the woods.

This morning brought 94 runners from as far a field as London and Edinburgh and enthusiastic volunteers to cheer them on round the course. The course is on a gravel path, three loops round the woods with a couple of hills and sharp turns to contend with.  It’s a challenging route; a far cry from the flat Parkrun at Victoria Park and more on a par with the Tollcross Parkrun. The fastest runner completed the 5km in under 19minutes and the finishing runner just over 60 minutes.  It was delightful to see mixed abilities at the event; from a buggy runner, walking groups as well as the fast and furious.

Following the event runners and volunteers are invited to St Mark’s Church Cafe for coffee which is a fantastic way to chat to fellow runners and reflect on the run.

I have really enjoyed being part of the community involved setting up the Parkrun. The team are very enthusiastic and keen to make it a success.  Its an excellent FREE community event for all abilities. Its on every Saturday morning with a start time of 09:30. Why not come along and join in the fun; bring a friend or make it a personal goal with the support of Fit + Fabulous.  For more information please go to:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/drumchapel

 

 

 

Overtoun Estate and The Crags

We parked at the car park in Overtoun Estate, Dumbarton, a right turn up Milton Brae, off Stirling Road; heading towards Dumbarton from Glasgow.Overtoun1 Overtoun House within the Estate unfortunately wasn’t open this morning, but I believe they do delightful home made cakes and coffee on a Friday and Saturday (10am-4pm). The house is situated in private grounds which gave us access to numerous routes onto the Kilpatrick Hills.

We did a 5miles loop this morning which has stunning 360 views as far as Loch Lomond and over Dumbarton and the river Clyde. We gained 1,157ft onto The Crags and ran along the top before our decent back into the Estate. Underfoot was mainly grass paths with some forestry commission roads. Following the sunny weather we have had the paths were dry however it was obvious that it could be boggy after rain fall. There are many routes and some taking you as far a Duncolm and Loch Humphrey closer to Glasgow.

I find it amazing that we have this on our doorstep and so little of us have ventured up them. Its a place I could spend many hours investigating and enjoying the spectacular views over Loch Lomond and Glasgow.

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Wednesday trail runners with Loch Lomond in the distance.

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On the decent back down to the Estate with views of the Clyde and Dumbarton.

The very overgrown Kelvin River and Allander Water walkway

Run1 –  of the Glasgow Clyde Marathon training.

Hot! Hot! Hot! I decided this lovely, sunny morning to run an  8 mile loop, starting at Bearsden Cross.  Following Maryhill Road to the Science Park roundabout, I turned left to the Riding School for Disabled on Caldercuilt Road, where there is a gate that takes you onto the Kelvin River. The first three image2miles along the river, which is maintained by Glasgow City Council, are delightful, with a good path underfoot. After crossing the road A879 and entering into East Dunbartonshire’s Allander Walkway, the path is extremely narrow, overgrown and close to the waters edge in parts.  It opens back up after a mile with scenic  views over the rolling hillside. Joining the A81 in Milngavie next to the Football Club, its roughly a mile back to Bearsden Cross.

Last year I wrote to the EDC to ask that they clear some of the pathway within East Dunbartonshire, Allander walkway and I have tweeted them again this year. It would make an excellent loop for walkers, runners and even cyclists as the scenery is simply beautiful. Poor show EDC!
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