Walk: Valentine's date with Duncolm
|[Duncolm seen from Middle Duncolm]|
Love is a strong word, especially when the Kilpatrick Hills are involved. This expansive plateau has a reputation for bog and featureless grassland; the interior feels a desolate place despite being just a stone's throw from Glasgow. But a scattering of reservoirs here and there add variety amongst the open hillsides, with a decent network of (soggy) paths trampled by centuries of Glaswegian day-trippers. Duncolm is the highest of the range, with great views of the Campsie Fells and Loch Lomond on a clear day; this circuit also takes in Greenside Reservoir and the summit of The Slacks, with a fine outlook over city and Clyde on descent.
Name: Walk: Valentine's Day date with Duncolm ★★☆☆☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 620 metres
Main summits: Duncolm (401 metres, sub-2000'); The Slacks (365 metres)
Points of interest: Loch Humphrey; Greenside Reservoir
Start / finish: Kilpatrick Hills car park, off Mount Pleasant Drive, Old Kilpatrick, G.R.: NS 469729 / shadows canoe pilots
Route: Car park - pass underneath A82 - Kilpatrick Braes - Loch Humphrey outflow - west side of Little Duncolm - Middle Duncolm - Duncolm - east side of Greenside Reservoir - cross outflow - The Slacks - waterfall at NS 473741 - start
Terrain: Good track to Loch Humphrey, then clear path to Duncolm with some boggy sections. Path from here to Greenside Reservoir is narrower and wet in places, then becomes clearer again beyond. Occasional steep sections around the Duncolms.
Wildlife today: Sheep, horses, a highland cow and loads of jackdaws on Kilpatrick Braes; a few grouse on the open hill.
Weather today: Unbroken, hazy sunshine but a strong, cold east wind. Melting snow patches towards the summits.
|[Excellent views over the tidal Clyde on the descent (and the ascent)]|
Route credit: Marty_JG