Weekly walk around Milngavie and Bearsden - this week with Andrew Summers

Pic of walker Andrew Summers.'13/10/11'Photo Emma Mitchell
Pic of walker Andrew Summers.'13/10/11'Photo Emma Mitchell

AS a former member of Bearsden & Milngavie Ramblers Group I have produced a leaflet called Walks Around Milngavie Map, which includes eight popular routes.

This week’s walk is out of that booklet and is a gentle flat circular route along the Allander Water of approximately 3 miles.

It will take about 1-1.5 hours to complete, depending on fitness, but it is best to take ones time if possible and enjoy the scenery of the river and surrounding landscape.

The walk starts at the obelisk in Milngavie Precinct and goes along the West Highland Way, passing the CE Centre.

On reaching Cloberfield Industrial Estate it continues along the path beside the river and ignores the WHW signpost.

It is quite fascinating on walking this stretch at different times of the year to notice the changing levels and rates of flow of the river due to our varying weather conditions.

Just after the football pitch, the walk turns right beside an open field and after a short distance rejoins the WHW and the Allander.

It is in this next section of the walk which borders on Mugdock Wood that is well worth a visit in May to view the wonderful carpet of bluebells.

The walk follows the next signpost on the left for Milngavie Golf Course but remember to take care on descending the cobble stones.

The route then crosses the Allander to the Milngavie Golf Club car park where it turns sharp left onto a narrow path to head back along the side of the river.

In this area it is apparent that the Allander has some deeper than normal stretches of water.

At the end of this path the walk crosses over the Craigton Burn and follows the signposts to Milngavie through first the housing developments and then a small wood to reach Clober Road.

Turning right it continues along Clober Road, crosses the bridge over the Allander opposite Balvie Road and then turns right to rejoin the WHW back to the town centre.

It is also possible to start and finish this walk at the CE Centre carparking. At Balvie road turn left instead of right on crossing the Allander to get back to the car park.

Anyone wishing to purchase one of the pamphlets can do so for £2 at Milngavie Bookshop, the Information Centre or at Mugdock Country Park.