A 4.5 to 5.5 mile low level walk around the delightful Glenvale area of the Lomonds.
2020 update: Glenvale has become extremely popular post Covid lockdown. There is only limited parking available at the start of the walk. You are advised to avoid busy times if you are doing this walk.
Distance: 8.7 km / 4.5 miles
Ascent: 170 m / 550 feet
Terrain: paths both surfaced and unsurfaced, quiet road
Start / finish: Glenvale car park on Dryside Road at grid ref NO 172 069.
Facilities: limited parking in the small Glenvale car park
Turn left out of the car park and walk along the road for about 200m.
A gate on your left leads on the well made path through woodland and open moorland into Glenvale. The path was resurfaced in early 2016 and has a good dry surface.For just under 2km the path follow the Glen Burn as it slowly gains height with West Lomond to your left and Bishop Hill to your right. The views are particularly delightful on a good day.
At the point where the new path crosses over the burn you have the choice of crossing over to do a 4.5 mile walk or stay on the same side and follow an old unsurfaced path further up into the glen for a 5.5 mile walk. If you choose the latter you will walk past John Knox’s Pulpit. There has been some rockfall in this area in recent years and the path was closed for a while, so be careful. When you reach the top of the glen you can cross over the burn onto the new path on the other side. Descend back the way you came but on the opposite side of the burn until you come to river crossing you saw earlier.
From the river crossing turn back towards the road for a short while walking north west. Go through a gate into a field. Once in the field you should be able to pick up a grassy track leading south west and then south as it passes through other fields. Look out for a sheep fank on your right hand side and a communications mast in a field. Please note that there are often sheep in these fields.
About 200m after the mast you will come to a gate on your right hand side with a rough track the other side of it. Go through the gate (which is openable) and follow the track for just over 1km initially in a westerly direction but later more south westerly until it meets the quiet Dryside Road at a field gate close to the Glen Lomond village. Turn right onto the road. A 2.5 km road walk is now required to return to your start point but it is a very quiet road with minimal traffic.
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