Kelgla one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Kelvindale and Glasgow.

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Grid Ref NS5565869117
Lat / Lon 55.89347° / -4.30975°
Easting / Northing 255,658E / 669,117N
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Grid Ref NS5873965347
Lat / Lon 55.86055° / -4.25855°
Easting / Northing 258,739E / 665,348N
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Kelgla One's land is

Green urban 9.3%
Urban 90.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Jared Sidhu

30 Aug 2023 Summer

Decent walk, took approx 1.5 hours, and runs along both Canal and River, very pleasant - easy to navigate. I would reverse the route so that you start at Kelvindale station, stop in at the 'inn deep' pub halfway through for a drink and finish up in the city centre for some food.

Matthew Harris

18 Jul 2023 Summer

Nice walk. Passes through some nice areas in Hillhead entering briefly into Kelvingrove Park. Very accessible route.

Hiking Historian

01 May 2023 Spring

One of my favourite routes so far!!

From Kelvindale station (fully accessible), we're straight onto the Forth and Clyde Canal for a short time, before we turn onto the Kelvin Walkway. This is a very pleasant, and mostly leafy, walk alongside the river on good paths, with only the one road crossing and under and over a few bridges. It's a little steep in Kelvingrove Park, and there's a few cobbles onto Elderslie Street, but it's otherwise a fully accessible route for all users, passing through some of Glasgow's more attractive districts.

Plenty of places to stop along the way, and good transport links at both ends.


06 Apr 2022 Spring

Review of SlowWays Route Kelgla1 (Kelvindale to Glasgow).
I walked this route on a rainy day in April 2022. I know the route well and can concur with what the other reviewers have said. It is an interesting and attractive route with opportunities for wildlife watching along the way (I saw Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher). I walked from Kelvindale to Glasgow so there was no problem finding the junction between the canal and river paths. My only negative comment would be that long stretches of the route aren’t lit so it can feel quite lonely, especially in the evenings.

Jane Taylor

20 Sep 2021 Summer

Very good route from central Glasgow to the meeting point at Kelvindale station. There isn't really anything much at Kelvindale part from the station, its more of a connecting point along the path to Bearsden; however the route itself is pleasant enough to walk in its own right, its a cross section through Glasgow with some lovely surprises.

The route is easy to follow apart from at the Kelvin Aqueduct, where the Kelvin Walkway connects with the Forth and Clyde Canal. The aqueduct is at a high level, so if you are walking along the Kelvin river, and pass under the aqueduct, you have gone too far! Retrace and go up the zig-zag to get to the canal towpath. The previous reviewer has also highlighted this, which was helpful as I made the same mistake!

One other thing to note is that the route passes through Glasgow Botanic Gardens (including the arboretum, some interesting trees, that's one of the surprises!), the gardens are gated and advertise closing times at each gate (around dusk). So not a 24 hour route.

When I got to Kelvindale Station there were no trains (industrial action), but there is a bus stop nearby.

5 stars from me!.


26 Jul 2021 Summer

This was an awesome Slow Way. The urban streets it takes to get to the River Kelvin are largely quiet and pleasant for walking. Once it enters the park space along the river, it's incredible how lovely the route is. There were so many great scenes of natural and man-made beauty. Navigation was easy, the route was shaded and almost entirely paved, and it had benches for resting. Started and ended at a train station, so really accessible for a day walk in Glasgow! Really really great walk.

One minor navigation piece: where the River Kelvin intersects with the Forth and Clyde Canal, the Slow Way is plotted as just a right angle intersection, but you have to take the path that zig-zags through a series of switchbacks to get between the higher level canal path and the lower level riverside walk. It was easy to figure this out while walking, but just a heads-up!.

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