Circumnavigating Greater Glasgow’s Green Belts
Over the next few months I will be raising money for APRS by walking around the linked greenbelts in 10 local authority areas around Glasgow. I’ll be doing it in sections and my first section will start out from Helensburgh at the North West extent of the Greenbelts surrounding the city of Glasgow and make my way back to my home at the western edge of East Dunbartonshire’s greenbelt.
Part of the adventure will be mapping a route, using paths and potential paths from the Rambler’s Scotland Paths Map Project. Our Greenbelts are amazing places for wildlife, landscapes and for recreation and I will document each section of the walk as a blog. The first stretch will be around 40km and the total journey will be around 200km and will see me pass Dumbarton, Milngavie, Kirkintilloch, Cumbernauld, Airdrie, Motherwell, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Newton Mearns, Kilbarchan, Bridge of weir, and Erskine.
I am raising money for APRS – Scotland’s Countryside Charity, who I started working for in December. It’s a brilliant charity so please give generously.
Anyone who gives £40 or more will get a membership of APRS as a Thank-you!
I hope to highlight how special green belts are for the people who live in the central belt and find some brilliant paths and places to visit on the way. I am one of these people who is always heading off to the highlands for my walks, but who discovered some real gems on my doorstep in northwest Glasgow during lockdown, now I am going to explore all around the greenbelt of greater Glasgow and see what I can find.
Please see the itinerary below, and if you want to join me for a leg of the walk you can sign up (please make a donation!) These legs are approximate and may change as I plan the route and discover the challenges…. email email@example.com to join
The walk so far….
Blogs from the walk are below – to join one of the walks please scroll down.
In a special outpost of Kat’s Green Belt Circumnavigation she takes a trip to the hairdresser and discovers a £75 million pound mistake in the Council’s negotiations for school provision for a 4000-home development, with a brand-new primary school 1000 places short.
On this walk Kat receives an education in greenspace infrastructure and environmental justice from Shivali Fifield of the Environmental Rights Centre Scotland and Clare Symonds of Planning Democracy. The walk takes them from one of the West coast’s most affluent villages to Port Glasgow which has health and inclusion statistics among the poorest in Scotland.
This route is day 18 of Kat’s circumnavigation of the Greater Glasgow Green Belt and takes Kat over the hills of Clydemuirshiel Regional Park and to the very best cafe of the walk so far, discovering a geo-cache and exploring a well-defended ‘private’ estate.
This route is day 15 of Kat’s circumnavigation of the Greater Glasgow Green Belt. Helen Todd of Ramblers Scotland joins in to chat about Access and campaigns and they have an encounter with a herd of Spanish Fighting Bulls.
On this section of our Director Kat’s Green belt walk, she reaches Gleniffer Braes country park on the edge of Paisley, finds many memorials to loved ones on the way and discovers the Weaver Poet
In this 15th section of her green belts walk, Kat tries to navigate via Core Paths and learns that, 20 years since the Land reform Act brought about a commitment to a Core Path Network, we are still very far from that ideal.
On this section of our Director Kat’s Green belt walk, she encounters the first sustained downpour of her outings so far, but a Golf Course closed for access means it’s cut mercifully short.
In this section of her green belts walk Kat meets a campaigner in Carmunnock and learns some of the tactics of the volume house-builders wanting to build on the greenbelt in some of the most sought-after countryside around Glasgow.
Our Director Kat is spending her weekends and days off on a fundraising walk around the Green Belt of Greater Glasgow. This section takes her between South Lanarkshire’s two Country Parks – in Hamilton and East Kilbride.
The latest episode of Kat’s fundraising walk around the Green Belt of Greater Glasgow. This section takes her from Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park on the outskirts of Wishaw down Garrion Gill, an SSSI and an impassable jungle.
We’ve reached Day 9 of our Director Kat’s fundraising walk around the green belts of Greater Glasgow. This is a leisurely stroll along the long-distance path of the Clyde walkway.
The Eighth part of our Director Kat’s fundraising walk around the Green Belt of Greater Glasgow. This time, a very short jaunt from Cleland to Carfin in North Lanarkshire via one of the largest derelict sites in Europe, Ravenscraig.
Our Director Kat is spending her weekends and days off on a fundraising walk around the Green Belt of Greater Glasgow. This section takes her from Cleland to Greenhead Moss in North Lanarkshire.
The fifth part of our Director Kat’s fundraising walk around the Green Belts of Greater Glasgow. This one from Airdrie to Carfin with plenty of chat about energy infrastructure, and a secret doorway.
The fourth part of our Director Kat’s fundraising walk around the Green Belt of Greater Glasgow. This time from near Greengairs to Calderbank in North Lanarkshire.
Kat discovers that the map doesn’t always reflect what is on the ground and gets bogged down in a birch woodland between Cumbernauld and Airdrie.
Circumnavigating greater Glasgow and surrounding towns to raise money for APRS. This adventure takes Kat from Castlecary to Kilsyth via woodlands, motorway, canal and castle.
The sheer scale of the task at hand in circumnavigating the whole Greater Glasgow Greenbelt is starting to sink in, and the sheer lack of time I have at weekends and in days off to do this walk.