Big North G Trails

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20 miles of trail from the West End of Glasgow with hardly a road to be seen. Take on the Big North G Trails.

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This has to be one of my favourite routes and featured a few times whilst training for Great Glen Ultra (which was a fantastic race by the way, highly recommend). The 20 miler starts and finishes in the West End at the Botanic Gardens with hardly a road in sight.

Meet your pals at, or simply set off from, the Kibble Palace in the Botanics and head down to the river to follow the Kelvin Walkway all the way to Maryhill Park and down past John Paul Academy to rejoin the river. Follow the path onward to Balmuildy Woods until you reach Balmore Road. When you cross over, make sure you rejoin the path on the left hand side of the bridge so that the river is now on the right.

Not long after 5 miles you leave the Kelvin and join the Allander Walkway which leaves the Allander Water temporarily to cross Boclair Road. Take care here as it can be a busy road, then continue to follow the walkway all the way to Milngavie and the start of the West Highland Way in the town centre.

Follow the West Highland Way for a short spell before heading to Milngavie Golf Course on the Clyde Coastal Path. Through the car park of the golf course and follow the road to the exit. Keep an eye out for Clyde Coastal Path signs as you take a right up past Craigton Cottages and into the farm fields where there is a worn grassy path which the CCP is signposted on. The path takes you to Stockiemuir Road which can be another busy road so take care crossing and you’ll see the CCP signs to guide you up through the wee nooks and cranny into the next farm field.

The path isn’t so well defined here so just hang to the right hand side taking more or less a straight line to the top of the field. Say hello the sheep as you pass and take a look over your shoulder at the fantastic views. Take a left at the top, continuing past Douglasmuir Quarry, where you get to run the boardwalk and through the dream tunnel (creative licence applied).

You’ll then reach Cochno Road which signals that you’re heading back to base. Follow the road to the bottom and take a left along Duntocher Road. Once you pass the turn off for Peel Glen Road, continue along the pavement and look out for a gap in the fence. It’s fairly obvious and you shouldn’t miss it. There’ll be a grassy path to follow up and over Castle Hill. Once down the other side, keep going and you’ll join the Drumchapel Way which you follow all the way to Drumchapel Road.

Finish the run by joining the Forth and Clyde Canal (you’ll need to go through another big gap in the fence and cross over a canal lock to get onto the canal towpath) and rejoin Kelvin Walkway at the Maryhill Locks.

Weather and time of year will influence what the best shoes to wear for this run are. It can be boggy in places and overgrown in summer. Road shoes would be fine but you might prefer trail shoes. I tend to use my Hoka Challengers.

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This has to be one of my favourite routes and featured a few times whilst training for Great Glen Ultra (which was a fantastic race by the way, highly recommend). The 20 miler starts and finishes in the West End at the Botanic Gardens with hardly a road in sight.

Meet your pals at, or simply set off from, the Kibble Palace in the Botanics and head down to the river to follow the Kelvin Walkway all the way to Maryhill Park and down past John Paul Academy to rejoin the river. Follow the path onward to Balmuildy Woods until you reach Balmore Road. When you cross over, make sure you rejoin the path on the left hand side of the bridge so that the river is now on the right.

Not long after 5 miles you leave the Kelvin and join the Allander Walkway which leaves the Allander Water temporarily to cross Boclair Road. Take care here as it can be a busy road, then continue to follow the walkway all the way to Milngavie and the start of the West Highland Way in the town centre.

Follow the West Highland Way for a short spell before heading to Milngavie Golf Course on the Clyde Coastal Path. Through the car park of the golf course and follow the road to the exit. Keep an eye out for Clyde Coastal Path signs as you take a right up past Craigton Cottages and into the farm fields where there is a worn grassy path which the CCP is signposted on. The path takes you to Stockiemuir Road which can be another busy road so take care crossing and you’ll see the CCP signs to guide you up through the wee nooks and cranny into the next farm field.

The path isn’t so well defined here so just hang to the right hand side taking more or less a straight line to the top of the field. Say hello the sheep as you pass and take a look over your shoulder at the fantastic views. Take a left at the top, continuing past Douglasmuir Quarry, where you get to run the boardwalk and through the dream tunnel (creative licence applied).

You’ll then reach Cochno Road which signals that you’re heading back to base. Follow the road to the bottom and take a left along Duntocher Road. Once you pass the turn off for Peel Glen Road, continue along the pavement and look out for a gap in the fence. It’s fairly obvious and you shouldn’t miss it. There’ll be a grassy path to follow up and over Castle Hill. Once down the other side, keep going and you’ll join the Drumchapel Way which you follow all the way to Drumchapel Road.

Finish the run by joining the Forth and Clyde Canal (you’ll need to go through another big gap in the fence and cross over a canal lock to get onto the canal towpath) and rejoin Kelvin Walkway at the Maryhill Locks.

Weather and time of year will influence what the best shoes to wear for this run are. It can be boggy in places and overgrown in summer. Road shoes would be fine but you might prefer trail shoes. I tend to use my Hoka Challengers.

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