The lockdowns haven’t been easy. We’re all doing our best to stay motivated, cheerful, solvent, just getting on getting on…
One of the things I’ve actually really enjoyed though, is doing a lot more walking (in all weathers!) in our own backyard, the lovely green spaces around Glasgow.
Here’s my favourites. I’d love to know yours too!
Literally less than 10 minutes’ walk from where I live, we’d probably been there only a handful of times in the 15 years I’ve lived in Glasgow. Now it’s at least a couple of times a week to walk or run.
It’s quieter than some of the other city parks at the weekend, or more spread out anyway so you feel like you have space.
At the top of the park, there’s some outdoor gym equipment. Also a fantastic kids adventure playground with giant slides!
There’s a great 5k running route! https://glasgowrunningroutes.co.uk/glasgow-green-5k/
Learn about the Irish potato famine at the memorial, close to the People’s Palace
I literally did know this place existed before lockdown and now it’s one of my new favourite walks! It’s such a beautiful route around man-made reservoirs with views of the Campsies in the background.
The walk around the two reservoirs takes around an hour (you can of course go round more than once). It’s flat and easy walking so great for buggies and also a brilliant running spot.
It’s pretty wide open without much shelter so expect a little wind!
Park at Drumclog car park. It gets busy, especially in the afternoon at the weekend.
Just a delightful place to walk, lots of trails through woods, by the water. You feel like you’re out in the countryside only 5 miles from the Glasgow boundary (this one is right on the edge of the travel restrictions limit!)
Check out the remains of the 14th-century Mugdock Castle, a stronghold of the Grahams of Montrose, and the ruins of the 19th century Craigend Castle, a Gothic Revival mansion and former zoo.
There’s a great little cafe, Charlie’s Coffee Bar, which does delicious coffee, cakes and hot food. It’s not open at the moment even for takeaway but when they’re back I would definitely include a visit. Lots of vegan choices too.
It’s very popular, so pick your times. Mornings are generally quieter than the afternoons on a weekend.
Ironically, the city centre of one of the quietest places you’ll find for a walk at the moment. Start out early and you’ll pretty much have it to yourselves. See the City Chambers and the Merchant City, the main shopping areas, then walk along the Clyde Walkway to the West End, through Kelvingrove Park and take a stroll down Ashton Lane. It’s a great walk and gets some decent miles done too.
Check out the Cloisters at Glasgow University. Definitely worth a look and in our case, great to shelter from the rain that day 😉
Try the Mural Trail. There’s a lot of fantastic artwork around Glasgow and these ready made routes guide you round the best of them
The Necropolis – fantastic views and fascinating place to visit.