Route: The Magnificent 11 (Glasgow)

Submitted by Volker Buschka on Tue, 09/06/2022 - 04:41am
United Kingdom
11 mi
Vertical Gain
300 m

The Magnificent 11 is a four-part circular walk of 11 miles linking seven wonderful greenspace habitats on Glasgow's Southside, including Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Part 1 and Part 2 link three city parks along riverbanks, across open parkland and through mature woodland. Start in Linn Park and follow the White Cart Water towards the more formal setting of Kings Park, then continue to Castlemilk Park with its beautiful natural woodland.

Part 3 rises through a new park in Fernbrae Meadows, just in South Lanarkshire, to Cathkin Braes. This is Glasgow’s largest and finest greenspace, with woodland, heath, wild grasslands and bird reserve marshes, plus spectacular views over the city from its highest point. The route continues through woods and fields past Windlaw Marsh.

Part 4 is a green delight, dropping down through conservation farmlands and past Carmunnock into the Cart and Kittoch Valleys woodland by the White Cart Water to return to Linn Park.

All four parts can be completed on their own, with each having ready access to public transport. But walked together, the route offers a truly ‘Magnificent 11' miles, celebrating Glasgow, ‘The Dear Green Place’, and its more than 100 parks and greenspaces we can all enjoy.

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