Posts

Showing posts from August, 2014

Walk: Windy Hill - it's a breeze!

Image
Renfrewshire | Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park | Short walk | ★★★

A quick ascent of Windy Hill near Lochwinnoch is the easiest way to experience the solitude and views of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park without tramping across miles of pathless moorland. The cairn on the aptly-named, open summit is made of stones carried up by local schoolchildren in the 1970s, and the views from here into the park's interior are excellent. Perhaps a candidate for a Glasgow post-work walk?


📌 Walk: Windy Hill - it's a breeze! ★★★
Start / finish at car park at Muirshiel Visitor Centre, minor road end 4 mi northwest of Lochwinnoch, G.R.: NS 312632 ///expensive.moats.perch

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Short | ⬤ Easy
Summits: Windy Hill (316 m) | Features:Muirshiel Visitor Centre
Terrain: Excellent paths: stony lower down, grassy near summit, occasionally steep.

Route & map

Car park & visitor centre - Monument Wood - Windy Hill - return by outward route


Route credit: Walkhighlands
On our visit

Wildlife…

Walk: Hart Fell horseshoe - vintage Moffat Dale

Image
Dumfries & Galloway | Moffat Hills | Full day walk | ★★★

If the Southern Uplands have a stereotype of gently rolling hills then Moffat Dale must be an exception, with steep slopes rising 500 vertical metres or more on either side. After an immediate energy-sapping climb (nothing gentle about this!), the grassy ridges surrounding the tributary of Blackhope Burn form Scotland's best horseshoe route this side of the Central Belt. Hart Fell at the head of the valley is the highest summit but Saddle Yolk is the most dramatic, with a very short but airy ridge to reach it.


📌 Walk: Hart Fell horseshoe - vintage Moffat Dale ★★★
Start / finish at Blackshope cottage (layby - don't block access), A708 5 mi northeast of Moffat, G.R.: NT 147098 ///gulped.dimension.engages

▶ 13 km / 8 mi | ▲ 890 m | ⌚ Full day | ⬤ Tough
Summits: Swatte Fell (729 m, Donald); Hart Fell (808 m, Corbett / Donald); Under Saddle Yoke (745 m, Donald)
Terrain: Faint paths most of the time, potentially soggy in pla…

Queen's Park (Glasgow)

Image
Glasgow | Shawlands | Park | ★★★

On the east side of Shawlands - the suburb at the heart of Glasgow's Southside - is a low hill making up Queen's Park. Decent views across the city from the top extend as far as Ben Lomond on a clear day, while locals with sledges descend on the northern slopes at the first hint of the white stuff. For the rest the year, the woodland paths and pond makes an attractive diversion if you're visiting the area; there are also glasshouses incorporating a small reptile house and aviary at the south corner.


Location & info

📌 Queen's Park (Glasgow)★★★
East side of Shawlands, 2 mi south of George Square, Glasgow. Glasshouses are off Langside Road at G.R.: NS 578618 ///film.escape.flood
Park always open. Glasshouses: daily | Free




Crookston Castle

Image
Glasgow | Southside | Castle | ★★★

Crookston Castle's location seems a bit weird, nowadays in the middle of housing estates west of Pollok Country Park. But then you remember that this 15th century ruin easily pre-dates all the buildings around it, and its hilltop location is a sensible vantage point over the surrounding land: today, southwest Glasgow. For a ruin (and a free one at that) there's lots to explore, with ever-steepening spiral staircases and ladders accessing various rooms in the northeast tower and eventually the roof. This is a lovely bit of calm and history set in a suburban park amongst modern, everyday surroundings.


Location & info

📌 Crookston Castle★★★
Off Towerside Crescent, Pollok, 4 mi southwest of George Square, Glasgow, G.R.: NS 525627 ///giant.space.oven
Open daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March | Free