Bob Law: Walk and Photography – Greenock and Gourock Circular

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A walk I did recently turned out to be very enjoyable on a nice clear day, which provided extensive views.
Park a car or take train or bus to Greenock’s Esplanade. From there you walk along in the direction of  Gourock Bay passing the wide and spacious Battery Park then the main ferry terminal / train station at Gourock. Arriving by bus or train you can start the walk here.
Battery Park Tower Hill

Battery Park Tower Hill

gourock view greenocks lyle hill
Pass Gourock’s open air swimming pool and continue along Gourock’s main shore front street until about 150 yards past the main row of shops where a steep signposted  lane and stairs on left leads you up onto Tower Hill.
Cove's Reservoic and Inverclyde Hospital Greenock

Cove’s Reservoir and Inverclyde Hospital Greenock

Views are good throughout but especially once you get higher. After climbing Tower Hill you can continue on, still ascending through Greenock to Coves Reservoir which has several grassy scenic trails near the obvious bulk of Inverclyde Hospital.
Cove's Reservoir Walk. Greenock

Cove’s Reservoir Walk. Greenock

You can either return down to the Esplanade from here or continue on up Lyle Hill for even higher panoramic views over a large expanse of the Firth of Clyde and the surrounding mountains.
Allow 3 to 4 hours walking time, slightly more if adding Lyle Hill.  Greenock’s Well Park, it’s other smaller reservoirs near the prison, and Greenock’s leafy cemetery are also worth a visit but that’s a walk for a different occasion.
Bob Law, December, 2023

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