Walk: Simple Semple

Renfrewshire | Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park | Half day walk | ★★★

[Castle Semple Collegiate Church]

Tracing the Black Cart Water upstream from Clydebank leads to an attractive set of large lochs sandwiched between the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and lower hills to the east. A straightforward walk from the outskirts of Lochwinnoch reaches a view over the lochs from Park Hill and also visits the late Gothic ruins of a Collegiate Church founded in 1504 by John, Lord Sempill. Dogs and cyclists can outnumber walkers on the lochside section. RSPB Lochwinnoch lies at the southern end of the loch.

[Map sculpture at Park Hill summit]

📌 Walk: Simple Semple ★★★
Start / finish at Castle Semple Visitor Centre car park, Lochlip Road, 10-min walk east of Lochwinnoch town centre, G.R.: NS 358591 ///rudder.canoe.classic

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 90 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Castle Semple Loch; △ Park Hill (90 m); Castle Semple Collegiate Church
Terrain: Wide dirt or gravel paths, occasionally muddy, then tarmac cycleway for return. The ascent of Park Hill and descent to the church is waymarked by red arrows on boulders.

Route & map

Car park - Park Hill via lochside - Castle Semple Collegiate Church - start via disused railway line


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Swans and ducks on the loch, several caterpillars by / on the cycle path.
Weather: Plenty of hazy sunshine, but breezy. Well above freezing.

Also on this walk

📌 Castle Semple Collegiate Church
Northeast end of Castle Semple Loch, off minor road a mile west of Howwood, G.R.: NS 376601 ///answer.proudest.indeed
Always open | Free

💬 If not visiting the church as part of the walk, the nearest parking is where a minor road crosses a disused railway a mile west of Howwood at G.R.: NS 387608 ///foggy.spoon.walled. From here it's a 20-min walk to the church: descend to the old railway bed and follow it west until you see the church on your right.

[Four lochs are easily visible looking south from Park Hill summit]

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