The Kilpatricks are situated close to many urban settlements yet offer amazingly easy access to the beautiful countryside. On a fine day, the views over Dumbarton, Clydebank, Glasgow, along the River Clyde and to the open sea are stunning and I love the contrast of wildness and “built-up-ness”.
It always surprises me how empty these hills are and how few people seem to know about the countryside right on their doorsteps. The Kilpatricks are only a 30-minute drive from north Glasgow yet they feel wild and remote.
This 10.8km route starts at the car park at historic Overtoun House. After following a well-laid track for a short while, the route goes though a strange shaped gate (you have to see it to believe it!) to access more open countryside.
The path heads over grassland and starts to rise quite steeply. Helpfully, steps have been built into steeper sections and if I am running the route I usually slow to a fast walk up. The path continues to rise and then follows more of an undulating terrain, still generally gaining height.
It’s worth stopping every so often to look back at the view over the wider countryside and towards the river.
I have rarely come across more than a few people while running and walking this route and if it’s just my whippet and myself it feels delightfully freeing. I do enjoy spending time on my own in the hills.
If I am running with a friend it’s difficult to chat as we head uphill so I am left with my own thoughts, which are usually decreasingly stressed the further I climb! I enjoy that sense of a relaxed mind that only comes from running or walking somewhere beautiful.