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Slow Ways linking Glasgow and Bishopbriggs, Gilshochill, Kelvindale, Pollokshields, Renfrew, Rutherglen, Shettleston

Scotland / City of Glasgow / Glasgow

Glasgow’s seven Slow Ways are 71% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 5/7
and surveyed: 1/7

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Glasgow from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Gilshochill—Glasgow
Gilgla one

Review me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 70m Descent 108m
Glasgow—Bishopbriggs
Glabis two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 169m Descent 123m
Glasgow—Rutherglen
Glarut one Verify me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 67m Descent 58m
Glasgow—Rutherglen
Glarut three Review me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Glasgow—Shettleston
Glasshe one Verify me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 158m Descent 136m
Glasgow—Shettleston
Glasshe two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 78m Descent 72m
Kelvindale—Glasgow
Kelgla one Survey me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 131m Descent 106m
Pollokshields—Glasgow
Polgla one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 34m Descent 28m
Renfrew—Glasgow
Rengla one

Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 77m Descent 72m
Renfrew—Glasgow
Rengla two Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 90m Descent 85m

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Collective progress

65% of Glasgow’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

10/10

reviewed

1/10

surveyed

5/10

verified

11 people have contributed to Glasgow’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Glasgow

79km out of 79km have been walked and reviewed

223km of reviews have been shared in Glasgow

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Then onto Shields Road, which when I walked this route (Jan 24) was closed to cars because of major works at the railway bridge....

Anne Collard

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At the time, the road crossing the railway had just closed for a year, but access for pedestrians and cyclists has been maintained. After the railway, parts of the route were a bit run down/industrial, but because they were busy, they didn't feel in any way threatening....

Mary Oz

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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....

Jared Sidhu

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This walk has some lovely sections beside the Clyde and through Glasgow Green. Easy to access and straightforward to navigate....

Anne Collard

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I don't think I'd reccomend this route strongly as it is not the most scenic available in the area, it continues along several busy main roads through Maryhill and mainly follows housing estates. There is no accessibility challenges, but crossing under the M80 doesn't make for the most pleasant of inner-city walks....

Matthew Harris

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

Matthew Harris

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Good on a sunny day, definitely not the nicest walk in Glasgow as it passes through some slightly more industrial areas, still worth seeing this side though!...

Matthew Harris

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It was easy to navigate, the plotting even indicates which side of the road to walk on, although I disobeyed at one point because I needed a break from the strong sun! The only bad point was a nasty road crossing at OS Grid Ref: NS 54777 66564 close to the midpoint of the walk, between the roundabout and the harbour road (South Street)....

Mary Oz

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After passing the fire station I reached the tedious A803, then all the windy footpaths to negotiate junction 15 of the M8. The long diagonal path through the Townhead housing was a lovely breath of fresh air, and the final walk to Glasgow Central Station passed some interesting bits of modern architecture, as well as Buchanan Bus Station, Queen Street Station, and George Square. A lot of this route was very pleasant but the middle 45% from the south end of Springburn Park to the start of Townhead was pretty horrible....

Mary Oz

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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....

Hiking Historian

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Not being from Glasgow it's always good to visit new areas, and there's a lot to see along the route (buildings, people, historic sites, etc). Duke St has (currently) lots of coffee shops, after which refreshment options diminish until you get to Shettleston....

Doug Bridgens

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It is a very straightforward route which climbs out of Bishopbriggs and then up to Springburn Park before dropping down through Springburn and following the main road into the centre of Glasgow....

wellchoughed

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Anyway, this route is certainly quite good and a nice direct route between these two points. It is a very interesting route. I just wasn’t entirely blown away by it.. The route out of Glasgow is fine and direct, but not the most thrilling city centre streets. The footbridge over the motorway is really cool, but it’s still a footbridge over the motorway.. At the end of Partick, there’s a pretty desolate stretch along an industrial road which my female companions told me they wouldn’t feel quite thrilled about walking alone. It is short, and the vast majority of the rest of the route is along a lovely disused railway-turned greenway. It’s quite pleasant.....

mtormey

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It follows the loopy bends of the river Clyde before striking uphill to Shettleston. The route appealed because it follows the river, and I enjoyed the river section very much....

Jane Taylor

Coming into Glasgow past the famous Barrowland ballroom, and then along Argyle street to Central station, was a great way to arrive....

Jane Taylor

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Glasgow—Rutherglen

Jane Taylor added Glarut three, a new walk from Glasgow to Rutherglen

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From central Rutherglen the route follows a main road to the river Clyde, and crosses the road bridge to the north side. It is designed to connect directly to the Rutherglen-Cambuslang slow way at the riverside, giving a continuous riverside route from Glasgow to Cambuslang (and on to Uddingston), without the need to pass through Rutherglen town centre....

Jane Taylor

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It’s a little indirect, but it means crossing the Clyde on a lovely traffic free bridge, with a short walk along the riverside to the meeting point at Glasgow Central station. Overall its a good route for Slow Ways....

Jane Taylor

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A further few residential streets and the route reaches its end at Shettleston Railway Station....

wellchoughed

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The route begins outside Glasgow Central Rail Station and heads immediately for the River Clyde which it follows for most of its distance. After a short while, the route enters Glasgow Green and then takes the River Clyde Walkway which follows the north bank of the river. Because it follows the meanders of the river, this is quite a long route between the start and end points (Glasgow and Shettleston)....

wellchoughed

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There is a small stretch of path along the riverside beside the Police Scotland building that is having work done on it, but this is easily detoured by using the road bridge instead of the Shawfield footbridge and using the path on the other side of the river (April '22). This is a nice route when you are following the Clyde walkway. It is also the main cycle route....

Lynsey F.

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Review of SlowWays Route Kelgla1 (Kelvindale to Glasgow)....

wellchoughed

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Glasgow

danravenellison surveyed Glasgow

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The railway section eventually drops down to street level at Smith Street and continues straight ahead, beside the busy South Street. The Rengla 2 route heads off near here to follow Dumbarton Road through Partick but Rengla 1 continues straight ahead, past waterfront flats on the right until reaching the footbridge over the Clydeside Expressway to the Transport Museum. The important Partick Travel Hub is passed on the left and the route eventually joins Dumbarton Road (and Rengla2) at Partick Cross (the bottom of Byres Road)....

wellchoughed

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The route starts at Glasgow Central Station and heads west along Waterloo Street. Here, the route heads under the Clydeside Expressway and merges once more with Rengla 1 at South Street / Castlebank Street. The pace then picks up as the route shifts onto a walking/cycling track and the city starts to be left behind (For anyone interested, this track leads all the way to Loch Lomond and beyond – a fantastic day out)....

wellchoughed

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Review of SlowWays Route Polgla 1 (Pollokshields to Glasgow). It is a very straightforward route which links a suburb in the south of Glasgow with the city centre via a rather neglected area which is dominated by motorway flyovers....

wellchoughed

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At Yoker on the north bank the route picks up a combined cycle/foot path which runs most of the way to Partick. This is where the routing falls down imo, this part is not very pleasant, and in addition it then almost completely bypasses the interesting and lively high street at Partick (Dumbarton Road)....

Jane Taylor

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Jane Taylor took this photo on Rengla one

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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....

Jane Taylor

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Renfrew—Glasgow

Jane Taylor added Rengla two, a new walk from Renfrew to Glasgow

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I was walking Rengla one from Renfrew to Glasgow, and got a bit fed up with the road slog along South Street; I could see the cafes and shops on Dumbarton Road through the A814 underpass and thought 'why not? Before long the route turns onto a long off road cycle/pedestrian path that takes you about 4km directly towards Glasgow. I am starting to think that no walk into central Glasgow is complete without at least one elaborate motorway crossing point, this time it is the Anderston Bridge across the M8. The Anderston Bridge was for many years infamous as the 'bridge that goes nowhere', because when the M8 was built the bridge was started but not finished, leaving the community in Anderston cut off from central Glasgow by the motorway. Eventually campaigns to complete the bridge succeeded, and it now provides an efficient walking and cycling route into central Glasgow from the west....

Jane Taylor

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Jane Taylor took this photo on Rengla two

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Glasgow—Bishopbriggs

Jane Taylor added Glabis two, a new walk from Glasgow to Bishopbriggs

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This is a fairly direct route that connects central Glasgow with Bishopbriggs in an efficient but not unpleasant way. The route does include a short stretch on the very busy A803, but all the pavements and road crossings are safe, and there is the satisfaction of knowing the route is fairly direct...

Jane Taylor

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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....

mtormey

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Glasgow—Shettleston

Daisy C added Glasshe two, a new walk from Glasgow to Shettleston

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Canal path closed from Maryhill (Ruchill St) for major upgrades and new bridge, till July 2022. Recommended detour is quite excessive, join Maryhill Rd and come out at Sandbank Street....

Alexis

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Gilshochill—Glasgow

Slow Ways added Gilgla one, a new walk from Gilshochill to Glasgow

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Glasgow—Rutherglen

Slow Ways added Glarut one, a new walk from Glasgow to Rutherglen

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Glasgow—Shettleston

Slow Ways added Glasshe one, a new walk from Glasgow to Shettleston

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Kelvindale—Glasgow

Slow Ways added Kelgla one, a new walk from Kelvindale to Glasgow

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Pollokshields—Glasgow

Slow Ways added Polgla one, a new walk from Pollokshields to Glasgow

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Renfrew—Glasgow

Slow Ways added Rengla one, a new walk from Renfrew to Glasgow

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wellchoughed took this photo on Rengla one

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wellchoughed took this photo on Rengla two

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Glasgow, Sat 18 May

23°

Sunny day

Glasgow’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

NS5873965347

Lat / Lon

55.86055° / -4.25855°

Easting / Northing

258,739E / 665,348N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Glasgow's meeting point

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

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Accommodation for under £50 a night

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Bothy

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