Bob Law’s Blog: An Unusual Cross Country Ski Day in Glasgow

Forth and Clyde Canal Near Anniesland snow

January, 2022 – Glasgow

Several years ago I worked out a good walk, or cross country ski route, in my local area. When we had a snowfall recently, and I had a free day available, I set off for a mini adventure. You don’t need to go to the ends of the earth to explore.  Adventures can happen anywhere, even in your own back yard in suburbia.

A Circular Route

This circular route, given enough snow, starts around Knightswood Park, which does not look very large on the map but can be easily expanded to take in the Wee Park ( a green strip running along the Garscadden Burn beside Knightswood Golf Course,)

The Flag. Golf Course Cross Country Skiing

The Flag. Golf Course Cross Country Skiing

The route would include: Kinghtswood Golf Course itself, free of golfers when under snow, The Forth and Clyde Canal from Anniesland to Garscadden and Trinley Brae. Views are excellent throughout and this circular route can be walked or cross country skied from either Anniesland or the surrounding area making an enjoyable outing of a few hours duration.

Snow on Knightswood Golf Course

Snow on Knightswood Golf Course

Glasgow, Edinburgh, (and Highland Scotland,) sits at the same latitude as the frozen Hudson Bay in Canada; Churchill, with its polar bears going through the bins; Kodiak Island in Alaska……. and is further north than Moscow and Lake Baikal in Russia.  Admittedly we have a much milder climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream/ North Atlantic Drift, and the luck of being a slender country surrounded by water –an amazing fact nevertheless. And on this occasion it did feel like it with sub zero temperatures.

Drumchapel Tenements and Kilpatrick Hills

Drumchapel Tenements and Kilpatrick Hills

A wilderness experience within an urban area- at least for a few hours.

Sunset. Winter Trees

Sunset. Winter Trees

Bob Law, January, 2022

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