New footpath will open up the Kilpatrick Hills

Forestry Commission Scotland has extended an existing footpath in the Kilpatrick Hills, making it easier for walkers and cyclists to get to popular spots.

From Loch Humphrey, a one kilometre path is now in place providing access to places like Doughnot Hill and Lang Craigs.

Matt Buckland, Forestry Commission Scotland forester for the area comments: “We’ve created the path extension for better connectivity on the Kilpatrick’s. It means that walkers and cyclists can more easily get to popular spots like Doughnot Hill and Lang Craigs from the Loch Humphrey side. We’ve also opened up the path to give a better view of the landscape.”

The Commission has started a 20 year forestry management plan of the area that will reshape the woodland to make it better fit the landscape and extend the path network for more people to enjoy the Kilpatrick Hills.

Over the last 18 months, communities closest to the Kilpatrick Hills have been involved in a consultation process, offering input and local knowledge of the area.

The Kilpatrick Hills are an expansive range of hills that lies on the north of the River Clyde overlooking Dumbarton and Clydebank, and accessible ffrom Bearsden and Milngavie.

The nearest location is Old Kilpatrick, only nine miles west of the centre of Glasgow and easily accessed by rail, road, cycle and bus routes.

For more information, visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/kilpatrickhills