The Kilpatrick Hills: Loch Humphrey and Duncolm
A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in Scotland starting at Old Kilpatrick Railway Station, City of Glasgow, about 17km (roughly 11 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
The Kilpatricks are surprisingly remote, heather-clad hills and moorland above Dumbarton, a few miles north west of Glasgow. Their great asset, though, is that they are very accessible from the city, by bus or trainStart: Old Kilpatrick Railway Station, OS Grid: NS468728 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Old Kilpatrick Railway Station, OS Grid: NS468728 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 469m (1541ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 958m (3143ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 488m (1602ft)
Max. Elevation: 400m (1312ft)
The Kilpatricks are surprisingly remote, heather-clad hills and moorland above Dumbarton, a few miles north west of Glasgow. Their great asset, though, is that they are very accessible from the city, by bus or train, even on Sundays. The Kilpatrick Hills are ideal for getting rid of winter’s cobwebs, or as an afternoon or evening walk as the nights get lighter and provide extensive views back along the Clyde to the city, but also across the Campsie Fells and northwards towards the Arrochar Alps Trains run to Old Kilpatrick from Glasgow’s Central and Queen Street stations. From the station, head along the road under the A82 road bridge to Kilpatrick Gasworks. Follow the broad track signposted “Loch Humphrey”.
Once at the loch continue on the track that skirts round the loch and then keep on this still obvious, but boggier, path that continues north east along a visible ridge that passes Fynloch Hill on your left and Little and Middle Duncolm on your right.
Head on for the furthest and highest mound: this is Duncolm and take a few minutes to enjoy the 360 degree panorama, including Ben Lomond and Stob Binnein, after the steepish climb to the summit.
Retrace your steps to the loch, then either head back down to Kilpatrick, or bear right at the loch embankment and follow a path north west through a conifer wood.
After about a mile, turn left at a junction and follow a path downwards, in a south west direction, passing Brown Hill and Greenland Reservoir.
Follow the “Circular Crags Walk” signpost down to a road at Greenlands Farm, turn right and head along the “Crags Walk” to the Milton Inn.
Cross the A82 to the cycle track, turn left and follow this into Bowling, before turning right to the Forth and Clyde Canal.
Head along the towpath as far as Lock 37 at the Erskine Bridge. Cross the canal, turn left into Dumbarton Road, then right into Station Road back to the railway station. For details of other walks accessible by public transport around Glasgow, visit: http://www.bootandbike.co.uk/2011/05/around-glasgow/