Walk: Greenock - a Cut above
The Greenock Cut is a 9 km-long aqueduct running around three sides of Dunrod Hill above Greenock. Constructed in 1827 to supply the town's industry and houses with a reliable water supply, it eventually fell out of use when it was replaced by a tunnel under the hills. More recently, lottery funding saved the aqueduct from falling further into disrepair, and a newish path constructed alongside it now provides a nearly flat, high-level walking route with fabulous views across the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, and over the Firth of Clyde with the Argyll hills beyond. A wide track over a low pass completes the circuit, with a visitor centre (and cafe next door) in the heart of the park explaining the history of the Cut - the water supply also incorporates a complicated chain of reservoirs, dams and sluice gates. They say that the best views require a lot of effort... but having experienced these easily-gained ones, we're not so sure...
|[View over the Firth of Clyde from near the start]|
Name: Walk: Greenock - a Cut above ★★★☆☆
Length: 12 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 180 metres
Points of interest: Greenock Cut & reservoirs; Greenock Cut visitor centre
Start / finish: Car park at Overton Reservoir, Overton Road, south side of Greenock, G.R.: NS 266749 ///paths.frame.farm
Route: Car park - Loch Thom Cottage - Greenock Cut visitor centre - start via Greenock Cut. Info leaflet with map here, though starts at the visitor centre with direction reversed.
Terrain: Good track to visitor centre with gentle but sustained ascent at start, then level path.
Wildlife today: Tufted ducks and canada geese on the reservoir; lots of sheep.
Weather today: Afternoon sun with a few cloud banks, but feeling cold in the shade. Light winds, about 5°C with snow on the higher hills.
Route credit: Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
|[Greenock from near the start, with the hills of Argyll beyond]|
|[The start of the circuit passes several feeder reservoirs for the Greenock Cut]|
|[Climbing towards White Hill]|
|[Loch Thom outflow]|
|[Canada geese on Compensation Reservoir]|
|[Dunrod Hill, which this route encircles]|
|[Greenock Cut visitor centre]|
|[Start (top) of the Greenock Cut]|
|[Overflow from Compensation Reservoir]|
|[Approaching the farm at Shielhill]|
|[View south-west towards the Cowal peninsula (centre) and Bute (far left, into the sun)]|
|[Greenock with the hills beyond]|
|[High on the hill above Greenock]|
|[Waterfalls on the Hole Burn]|