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Campsie Villages Circular

A level 14km walk on a cycle path and core paths between these villages at the foot of the Campsie Hills

This walk is marked in blue on the map above and is around 14km long and will take 4-4.5 hours to walk. It is on generally good paths but there are paths through fields and woodland between Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie so take good footwear.

If you would like to take a shorter routes there are a number of shortcuts you can take to make shorter loops. The red dashed line takes you though Lennoxtown to link the two paths and offers the chance to do either the Milton of Campsie loop or the Clachan of Campsie loop, each is about 7.5km.

I created this route on the Ordanance Survey App. To see the route on the App or in a map on your screen

If you use a mapping app you can download this route to your app. To get the GPX file click below.

Getting to the start

The walk stars and finishes at Milton of Campsie near Kirkintilloch. It starts at the car park in the Village Centre next to the Fells Cafe. You can also start the walk in Clachan of Campsie or Lennoxtown.

Public Transport

There is a half-hourly Bus service from Glasgow to Milton of Campsie which also goes to Lennoxtown and Clachan of Campsie.

  • Glasgow – Buchanan Street Bus Station (Bus X85)

For more information see bustimes.org

The Route

Please use the GPX files and a maps app, or a paper map when taking this route. The description below compliments the map route and won’t function by itself for adequate instructions.

From the carpark turn left and descend to the Strathkelvin Railway path, head westwards in the direction of Lennoxtown/Strathblane. Walk around 5km along the cycle path

Cross a bridge and at the signpost take the path labelled Clachan of Campsie, Thomas Muir Way

Cross the road when you read it and go through the gates to Schoenstatt, a Catholic convent and retreat centre, walk up past the centre and through the gates into Clachan of Campsie following the Thomas Muir Trail. In Clachan of campsie you can stop to visit the cafe, the historic Church yard where political activist Thomas Muir is buried, and the waterfalls in Campsie Glen. If you are feeling energetic you could walk up the trail to the top of the Campsies from here.

Take the track labelled Right of Way to Lennoxtown beside the new houses. and walk down the track

Take the mowed track to avoid the private drive and follow between two fences protecting planted trees.

Enter the plantation through a gate with pedestrian kissing gate. Take the path through the woodland and exit at another kissing gate

Continue on the path towards the Crow Road, the road that goes over the Campsie hills

Cross the Crow road and head straight over onto a path through Balgrochan Marsh and is labelled Footpath to N. Birbiston Road

At the end of the path you come past a sports centre. behind the building there is a cut-through into the estate of houses. Take that and walk along Bencloich Cresent.

You need to find a little break in the hedge to get to the core path to Milton of Campsie. It isn’t labelled but it is an official East Dumbartonshire core path. There are some steps down, which may be a bit overgrown.

Follow the fence line until you can cross the fence at a gate and continue walking in the same direction past a huge sycamore tree.

The path continues between two hawthorn hedges, but you can also just walk in the field if the path is overgrown

At the end of the path between the hedgerows there is s tile to take you into the wood and a path between huge rhododendrons takes you out on a small road. Turn right and follow the road for a kilometer until, after a cottage on the left, it forks and takes you onto another road running almost parallel. Follow this up to the loch, the Alloch Dam.

walk alonmg the dam and to the footpath running at the south end of the loch.

The footpath continues through the woods and past the Ashenwell dams, then back down to the car park in Milton of Campsie via a track.

Other Information

There is a Cafe at Milton of Campsie, the fells, and a cafe at Clachan of Campsie.

The Fells at Milton of Campsie

A lovely community cafe frequented by cyclists, walkers and locals

Cafe Sonas, Clachan of Campsie

Little bistro and cafe in a row of shops including a cycle shop and gift shop

St Machan’s Churchyard

This is the Roman fortification built between Kilpatrick and Bo’ness. There is a lot of useful information on the ‘Rediscovering the Antonine Wall’ Project website

Schoenstatt Retreat Centre

This is a convent and Catholic retreat and pilgrimage centre

More Walks

we are gradually writing up more walks in Green Belts around Scotland –

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