Heldum one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Helensburgh and Dumbarton.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Helensburgh and Dumbarton.

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Is this route good enough? -  No (1)

Problems reported -  Safety (1)

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Grid Ref NS2963282237
Lat / Lon 56.00271° / -4.73372°
Easting / Northing 229,632E / 682,237N
What3Words push.couple.magnitude
Grid Ref NS3970975570
Lat / Lon 55.94635° / -4.56834°
Easting / Northing 239,709E / 675,570N
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Heldum One's land is

Arable 0.7%
Estuary 0.2%
Other agricultural land 0.8%
Pasture 46.4%
Urban 47.5%
Woods 4.4%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Aileen Morton

14 Mar 2022 Winter

This is the shortest, flattest route between the two towns but is a really unpleasant walk at times along a busy A road which is mainly 60MPH. There are points where the narrow footpath is encroached on by greenery (including brambles) and there can also be debris on the path (such as stones from boundary walls).

The section from Helensburgh town centre to Colgrain farm is ok as there are proper pavements and then a cycle path (and similarly there are pavements once you get into Dumbarton) but on the section between the towns I have nearly been pulled onto the road at times by the speed of large vehicles passing. I would never choose to walk this route and instead do the longer route via Balloch/Alexandria which is mainly on traffic-free paths and cycle paths. However, these routes involve MUCH more of an ascent and are still not suitable in terms of accessibility.

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