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3Ls Walking Group

Our Walking Group is open to all members and offers a chance to take part in a range of group walks. We share ideas of interesting routes and since the group was opened, we have explored a variety of urban and countryside settings and typically our walks last between 4 and 8 miles. If you'd like to register an interest in joining us, just send an email to LLLAssoc@strath.ac.uk and we'll let you know more about our ideas for future walks.

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Kilwinning & Eglinton Coutry Park
12 June


On this 8-mile walk, after visiting the ruins of Kilwinning Abbey, we followed the National Cycle Route to enter Eglinton Country Park. Eglinton Castle and its Parkland was the seat of the Montgomeries, the Earls of Eglinton from the 14th century and was the site of an ill-fated tournament to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria. From the early 1700s until the 1980s parts of what is now the country park were sites of extensive coal and ironstone mining, feeding a large ironworks on the edge of the park.

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Blantyre to Bothwell
15 May

Another walk along the Clyde Walkway from the Central Courtyard outside David Livingstone Centre following woodland paths to Bothwell Castle gave our group a chance to learn more of the history of the area and the Castle.  
 

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Biggar
2 May

On our second visit to Biggar, our group met at the Corn Exchange and followed an interesting route around the town and towards Bizzy Berry Hill from where we enjoyed  lovely views of the Southern Uplands and Tinto Hill before heading back via Burnbraes Park and Biggar Golf Club.  We dropped in at the Gillespie Community Centre cafe where volunteers greeted us with tasty refreshments after which we sampled some excellent ice cream to round off our sunny day.

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Cowcaddens to Stockingfield
15 April

 

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Another rainy day did not deter our group as we followed a 4-mile route along the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath from Cowcaddens Subway station to the recently opened Stockingfield Bridge. After viewing the Bridge and the sculpture of Bella the Beithir, we retraced our steps along the canal to visit Toshie's Cafe on Garscube Road, which is run by the Courtyard Pantry, our most recent 3Ls President's Charity. Bella is an artwork by Nichol Wheatley - she is a "lightening serpent", one of the fuath, a family of Scottish mythological creatures which include the Kelpies at Falkirk.

 

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Chatelherault
13 March


A variation of a favourite walk took our group through the Barncluith area of Hamilton past the Duke's Monument and into Chatelherault Park, following a route via the Castle and the Visitor Centre before returning along the Huntsman's Walk and down to the Avon Bridge.

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Maryhill to Kirkintilloch
21 February

 
Our group braved the rain and enjoyed a 7-mile route along the Forth & Clyde Canal from Maryhill to Kirkintilloch. Places of interest included Canal architecture, Possil Loch, Cadder Church (and its ‘body snatching’ artefacts), sections of the Antonine wall, canal barges at various points and the marina in Kirkintilloch.

 

Historic Stewarton
25 January


On a rather dreich day, a small group of walkers enjoyed a walk around Stewarton. Led by Fred Dinning, we left the town behind and followed the River Annick into the countryside. En route, Fred told us of some of the local history, from the many mills and products made, to the connections to the Glasgow merchants. After lunch in the town we paid a visit to the Stewarton Museum, where some of the local historians showed us round the exhibitions, which included Stewarton bonnets, pewter and lead artefacts, and even the dock from the old police station!

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Drumpellier Country Park

11 December 2023

Our group had a final walk for 2023 in this North Lanarkshire

park which covers an area of 500 acres and includes two natural lochs, moorland, woodlands and grasslands.

The walk also took in Monklands Canal which runs along the southern perimeter of the park.

Around Dunlop
30 November 2023

By popular demand, a chance to revisit the sights in and around Dunlop on a chilly but bright day. Highlights encountered included the Community Woodlands, Dunlop Church and the Hans Hamilton Tomb, Clandeboyes School (1641), Dunlop Hill and Royal Observer Corpspost, Carlin’s Stone and Dunlop House (architect David Hamilton).

 

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Kilmarnock Parks & Castles
25 October 2023

Our 8-mile walk took us through Kay Park, Dean Country Park and Craufurdland Castle Grounds via the Burns Monument in Kay Park and the Laird's Table cafe and nearby fishery. We admired the recently restored Dean Castle, once the stronghold of the Boyd family and built on land granted in the 14th century by King Robert the Bruce.

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Blantyre to Bothwell Castle
10 October 2023

Starting at the David Livingstone Museum in Blantyre, we followed a 3-mile route across the nearby suspension bridge built by the landowner in 1852, along the Clyde Walkway to and from Bothwell Castle. The museum is in the building where Livingstone grew up and holds an exhibition which follows his life and legacy.

 

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Dams to Darnley Country Park
27 September 2023


Highlights on this walk included Darnley sycamore, Darnley Mills, Victorian water supply architecture, old mining activity, a variety of geological features including the plug site at Duncarnock, various dams and the splendid railway viaduct. Gorbals Gravitation Water Company was set up in 1846 to supply water to areas south of the Clyde. The works drew on water from the Brock Burn to feed the Balgray, Ryat Linn, Waulkmill Glen and Littleton Reservoirs

Catrine
30 August

Another sunny walk at Catrine where the group enjoyed an interesting route of 8.5 miles. We followed the River Ayr Way visiting the Catrine Voes – a substantial weir and pondage system which powered the cotton mills via the largest water wheel in use at that time. Other sites of interest were the spectacular sandstone  geology in the Mauchline gorge, the best group of ‘Neolithic ‘cup and ring’ marks in Scotland, the Fisherman’s Tryst and the Mauchline viaduct with the longest stone arch on the rail network.

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Bishopton & Formakin
7 August

This walk took our group to Renfrewshire. Starting at Bishopton, our 6-mile route along country roads took us via the Formakin estate, passing Formakin House, known locally as the Monkey House, which was built in the early twentieth century by John Augustus Holms.

Chatelherault
2 August

A repeat of an old favourite - our 5 mile walk took us around the Green Bridge loop in Chatelherault Country Park.

 

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Southside Villages
19 July
Another interesting route around the countryside to the south of Glasgow  from  Clarkston, skirting the borders of Thorntonhall and Waterfoot villages, with lovely views of the surrounding fields and farmland.

Dumbarton to Balloch
11 July

On this walk we followed the River Leven Heritage Trail, learning about the world-famous
vibrant Turkey Red colours and patterns
which characterised the former textile, dyeing and printing industry in the area. Our 7.5 mile route along the towpath
between Dumbarton and Balloch
took in several
places of interest – Dumbarton Rock (Alt Clut), the ancient Brythonic capital of Strathclyde and the site of Denny’s shipyard (where the Cutty Sark was built).


 

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White Cart Way
28 June

Our walk followed the White Cart Way from Paisley Town Centre to Pollok Country Park, a distance of around seven miles - all on good footpaths with no steep ascents! There were many places of interest along the route - Paisley Abbey, Anchor Mills, Blackhall, Jenny's Well Nature Reserve, a stylish Art Deco housing development, Leverndale Hospital, Ross Hall before we arrived at the re-opened Burrell Collection via Pollok House.

 

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Cuningar Loop
16 June

A sunny day saw an intrepid band of walkers enjoy a gentle walk of around 3 miles in the woodland park at Cuningar Loop in Dalmarnock on the banks of the River Clyde.

 

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Rothesay
31 May

Our group enjoyed a sunny trip "doon the watter" via the ferry from the beautifully restored station at Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, where we took a 7-mile route along the West Island Way to Mount Stuart House.  Sights enjoyed on our walk included the Victorian seaside architecture in Rothesay, Rothesay’s Royal Castle, site of early cotton mills and lades, Loch Fad & trout fishery and Loch Ascog, ending at Mount Stuart House and Gardens.

Cathkin Braes & Marsh
15 May

We revisited the rural walk at Cathkin Braes which was the location for the very first outing for our group in November 2021. The 5 mile route initially offered great views of the skyline over Glasgow and beyond towards the Campsies and we enjoyed a tour of Cathkin Braes, the Cathkin Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Coulter's Wood via local farmland before topping off our day with fantastic fare at Laura's Cafe in Carmunnock.

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Hamilton to Chatelherault
3 May

Another fun outing to Chatelherault. Starting from the Hamilton Museum, our group walked via the Hamilton Mausoleum, along the banks of the River Clyde and the River Avon. Before heading into the country park where we admired views of the Avon Gorge before enjoying well-earned refreshments after a 9-mile circuit.

Whitelee Windfarm
24 April

 

A small group of walkers left from the Visitors’ centre and embarked on a seven and a half mile walk at Whitelee Windfarm, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm.

 

Our route on forestry roads followed the Lochgoin circuit, passing by just a few of the 215 turbines on the site, and gave us some lovely views. We finished off with an enjoyable lunch at the Visitors’ centre.

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Irvine to Troon
17 April

 

Members enjoyed  a lovely, flat 6-mile walk along Irvine beach to Troon, on Monday 17 April. The group started at Irvine Station and followed a route along the beach all the way to Troon, with beautiful views over to Arran and Ailsa Craig.

Polmont to Linlithgow
29 March


A convivial 7-mile stroll along the Union Canal from Polmont to Linlithgow. Our group had an unexpected encounter with a quad bike on the Avon Aqueduct which added to the fun of the day before we "arrived in style" at Linlithgow Loch behind the Palace.

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Baron's Haugh
20 March

We enjoyed a 5-mile circuit of the Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve in Motherwell on this outing. The route offered a grand riverside and woodland stroll and a couple of gradual hill ascents, up from the River Clyde and into the Dalzell Estate. Sights of interest along the way included Dalzell House & grounds, The Hamilton family mausoleum, Lord Gavin's Temple and the Covenanters Oak.
 

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Three Villages
28 February

Another popular walk for our group, taking in the three southside villages of Giffnock, Clarkston and Whitecraigs via a right of way through Cathcart Castle Golf club and hidden corners of Rouken Glen and Eastwood parks.

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Helensburgh & Rhu
15 February

From Helensburgh Central our walk passed by the Hill House and along a section of the John Muir way. Views opened our over Rhu towards Arran in one direction and the Arrochar Alps behind us. After a walk to the Point at Rhu looking towards Garelochhead, we headed back along the esplanade to complete our lovely 8-mile route.

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Dunlop Community Woodlands
19 January


Another walk with lots of interesting sights along the way, including Dunlop Church and the Hans Hamilton Tomb, Clandeboyes School (1641), Dunlop Hill and Royal Observer Corps post, Carlin’s Stone and Dunlop House. After a hearty lunch at the Village Hall walkers were also delighted to see some magnificent stained glass windows in Dunlop Church.
 

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Linn Park

9 January 2023

The first outing for 2023 was a circuit of Linn Park and paths alongside the banks of the River Cart when walkers enjoyed visiting some of the sights along the Cathcart Heritage Trail.

Rainy weather descended as the group approached the Halfpenny Bridge so a retreat to nearby Derby Cafe was very welcome!

Spectacle E'e Falls, Strathaven
5 December 2022


Our final short walk for 2022 took us to Strathaven to hear the tale of the old mill and the doomed romance which gave the name to the waterfall on the Kype Water.
 

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Bridge of Weir & Quarrier's Village
                      16 November 2022


Our group headed to Renfrewshire for a 7 mile walk featuring the weirs and rapids on River Gryffe, following the old railway path and into the ‘model village’ for orphans founded by philanthropist and social reformer William Quarrier. Along the way we encountered some unusual metal sculptures and other public art installations!

 

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Newton Mearns
8 November 2022


Our intrepid band of walkers enjoyed a lovely 5.5 mile walk on quiet roads and rural footpaths through countryside to the south of Newton Mearns. The walk offered  scenic views as far away as the Campsies and country views beyond, to the north and west. The route followed several sections of old  Drovers Roads passing local farms and stables and our walk ended at the Broom Cafe with another hearty lunch and chat about options for future walks.

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Croy Hill & the Antonine Wall
26 October 2022

 

Another fine walk where the 7 mile route included Croy Hill, Barr Hill, the Antonine Wall and a section of the Forth & Clyde Canal. This outing marked almost one year since our first Group Walk and the location was where the idea of setting up the Group originated – something to celebrate!
 

Places of interest along the walk included the Roman Wall built by Antoninus Pius, Barr Hill Fort (one of the best on the wall) and Croy Fortlet, various old mine and quarry workings, a stretch along the Forth and Clyde Canal and narrowboats at Auchinstarry Marina. Lunch at the Boathouse rounded off another enjoyable outing.

Neilston Pad
19 October 2022

 

Our walk started at the Harelaw Trout Fisheries and was in two parts, first heading south to visit Long Loch then continuing in a northerly direction along forestry tracks till we reached the hill known as the Neilston Pad which offered extensive views in all directions.

Finishing at the cosy Fishery Cafe, we enjoyed hearty fare after our 7.5 mile walk, with great views overlooking Harelaw Loch. Another excellent walk in our programme.

Bowling & Erskine Bridge

            7 September 2022

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A circular 8 mile walk starting at Bowling, along the Forth & Clyde Canal and up and over the Erskine Bridge, then around the Boden Boo Nature Reserve before returning to Bowling via another nature reserve.

Points of interest included Bowling Basin, the Clyde foreshore and old Erskine harbour and great views towards the city.

Castle Semple Loch

             26 August 2022

Our 5 mile route took us along the side of Castle Semple Loch, through Parkhill Wood and returned via Lochwinnoch village, on a mixture of woodland paths and tarmac pavements. Historic Features along the way included Temple Hill, Grotto and the remains of Castle Semple and the Collegiate Church.

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Burncrooks Reservoir

               9 August 2022

A 6 mile route around Burncrooks Reservoir in the Kilpatrick hills, with extensive views to the north of Glasgow. The walk started outside the Edenmill Farm Shop, Stockiemuir Road, Blanefield  north of Bearsden. The Edenmill Cafe provided welcome refreshment after our walk at the Reservoir.

Biggar

25 July 2022

A chance to explore some hidden corners in and around Biggar. Our walk started from the Corn Exchange and covered about 4 miles, around the periphery of Biggar with lovely views of the Southern Uplands and Tinto Hill from Bizzy Berry hill.  We finished with lunch at the newly refurbished Gillespie Community Centre cafe.  After lunch, a walk up and down Biggar High Street revealed a variety of independent shops including the excellent ice cream shop! 

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