Bob Law: Barrhead to Nitshill

Wild flowers Barrhead

.A very enjoyable walk and train trip

About a month ago I took a train from my house near Anniesland to Glasgow Central then one to Barrhead. You can take buses but that’s a slower journey and as I don’t take many train trips it was a novelty. A day return cost under £3 with my over 60s card, I bought my tickets on the train to take me right through to Barrhead,

The Rural Beauty. Renfrewshire Fields

The Rural Beauty. Renfrewshire Fields

You have to change from the low level train under Glasgow Central then walk upstairs to the main information board above then catch the Barrhead train. It is a scenic journey at this time of year.

Cowan Park – St John's Spire

Cowan Park – St John’s Spire

At Barrhead you get off the train and walk down to the Levern Water walkway where a good tarmac path takes you past the back of a large Asda then up to the Dovecothall roundabout and St John’s Catholic church with its distinctive spire. From there you can explore the pretty Cowan Park which sits beside the church.

Dams to Darnley Country Park

Dams to Darnley Country Park

Next you walk up the leafy B773 Darnley Road on a pavement to the roundabout at the start of South Nitshill.

Cowan Park View, Barrhead

Cowan Park View, Barrhead

On your right, at this roundabout, another scenic path starts and skirts past a high pylon around the edge of the Parkhouse Estate. You are now in the Dams to Darnley Country Park. Here you can walk up and explore the Dams area or keep to this path and follow the Brock Burn down to the A 726 Nitshill Road  and Nitshill Train Station. Or if you are still feeling fresh continue on-wards where another scenic path between the M77 Motorway and Arden leads out to Kennishead Train Station or continue along the Brock Burn path to Silverburn Shopping Centre. Only buses back from there though.

Nitshill from the Train Station

Nitshill from the Train Station

A very enjoyable and varied walk. 3 to 5 hours at an easy pace, depending on route taken, and mostly flat ground on good paths.

Bob Law, July, 2024

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