We are trying to make the route as accessible to as many people as possible. Much of it follows good quality paths – disused railways, canal towpaths and cycleways, but some sections are steeper, narrower and rougher and may present obstacles, as might busy roads and junctions. The braided sections for cyclists are flatter and smoother, offering greater accessibility.
We're in the process of looking at the route to see where there are sections that fit with the 'Easy' category as defined in the Path Managers Guide to Grading, developed by Paths for All, Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage in 2014. More information on the grading system can be found on the Paths for All website.
For a path to be identified as easy it should:
- have a maximum gradient of 1:8 (or 12% or 7.1 degrees)
- have a generally smooth, firm surface, be well drained and maintaied with minimal loose material
- have a minimum use of steps, be free of narrow gates or gaps
- have a mostly clear width of 1200mm with short sections down to 900mm width
- have a total distance of 5 miles / 8km (return route to start point)
Once sections are identified, we'll add them to the interactive map. As they're relatively short in comparison with the rest of the route, you'll see them easier on the map if the lines for the other users are 'switched off'.
There are now sections that have been improved by having a couple of perch seats installed to give walkers a ‘breather’ before either retracing their steps or carrying on to extend their walk.
They're along the Strathblane section close to the track to Clachan of Campsie . grid reference NS 604786 as well as the section by Lennoxtown near the former hospital. NS 621784. The other location is near Bo’ness along the recently upgraded section from Blackness at the end of the new route by a ruined fisheries building and before entering the woods. This site has good views down the Firth. Grid reference NT 035806.
Some of the easier sections of route are listed below.
Lomond shores - plenty of parking including disabled bays. Good surfaces, wide paths and seating available. No barriers minor roads to cross.
Moss O’ Balloch - this car park is a good starting point with ample parking. The park has good tarmac surfaces and seating. There are some steep sections that can be avoided. There is also parking at the north lodge.
Strathblane to Kirkintilloch - this section is also known as the Strathkelvin Railway path. The whole section is 13km and for ease has been split into sections:
1. Strathblane – Lennoxtown:
Parking at Strathblane church and cross the A891 to the start of the route. Good tarmac surface all the way . There is seating along the route, though the first seat from Strathblane is near Craigend farm. At the junction over the Glazert Water the path is narrower on the approach to the bridge. The path is then steeper and has a few bends.
This path then crosses a minor road to a housing development. Path continues to Lennoxtown.
2. Lennoxtown – Kirkintilloch via Milton of Campsie:
Parking is available in the town centre. There is a narrow uneven access path onto the tarmac path on one side of a barrier. Parking is also on Chestnut Walk with a footway leading to the Strathkelvin Railway path.
From Chestnut Walk there are two staggered metal hoops across the path that can be passed on either side.
From the parking in the town centre there are concrete bollards in the centre of the path at either end of a wooden bridge over the Glazert water.
Going east there are two staggered metal hoops across the path on the approach to the B822. This is a busy road to cross, care is required.
From Lennoxtown to Milton of Campsie there is no seating.
From Milton of Campsie to Kirkintilloch there is some good quality seating at regular intervals.
There is parking in the centre of Milton of Campsie that gives pavement access to the Strathkelvin Railway path.
There are is parking in Kirkintilloch on street. (this needs to be checked on site)