Kilbride,Blue route. 3 miles.
One of the many routes that can be can be found starting from Kilbride car park, as indicated on the information board located on site.
Forestry roads and hardcore paths provide good underfoot conditions,although the terrain can be uneven at times.
A great walk giving great views over Dunoon,Inverclyde and beyond………..a grear pre/post work walk.
A fully interactive map with pictures and stats can be found by clicking HERE
Had looked for this on one previous occasion, but no joy. However on today’s wander i stumbled across part of the old Rifle Range dating back to what possibly could be World War I.
Remainder of the target lifts and surrounding brickwork.
More info on the site can be found by clicking HERE.
Bishops Glen, High Loop
4 Miles (Approx)
Start/Finish Kilbride car park.
A circular route on forestry roads and tracks. Includes 1 burn crossing and one stream crossing,which are easy enough if rivers not in full spate after prolonged rain.
Leaving Kilbride car park, continuing on forestry road taking the trail on the left (marked by Blue/Yellow marker posts), climb till you meet the forestry road again.
The view will be opening up behind you.
From the trail turn right and follow the forestry road downhill to the S bend, you leave the road and cross the burn and join the path on the other side. The path continues till it meets another forestry road.
From here turn right and follow the road as it heads towards the town, you’ll eventually come to a fork in the road. Take the road on the right as it turns back on its self heading down to the link bridge and continue on the road back to the car park.
A good walk without climbing too high for stunning views over Dunoon.
Having come up with the idea a night walk would be something different, the forecast for Saturday prompted an outing.
Destination set for Bishops Seat, a local hill walked many times in all conditions …… but never in the dark.
Setting off from the FCS Kilbride car park I was joined by Martin,Jamie and Andy. We headed off up the forestry road, past the new road till we came to the next corner. From here it was down to the burn where a crossing is required. There’s enough prominent stones and a fallen tree to aid the crossing, helped by the fact the burn was low. Once over the burn you continue on the trodden path keeping the burn on your right till you cross it again. An easier crossing than the previous one. From here follow the track till you join the forestry road where you take a sharp left and continue till you spot the roadside cairn.
First view over the second crossing.
View over Dunoon to Gourock and beyond from track/forestry road junction.
From here you leave the road heading up through the trees. Bit of a maze due to wind blow but there is some marker tape to help guide you to the clear fire break.
Once in the break, you follow it till you come to a small burn where you turn right. There is the remainder of a hardcore path which takes you to a wee bridge. Once across it’s out the trees and on to the open hill. A feint path leads the way to the summit,a gradual climb that not to harsh.
View from the Summit towards Glasgow.
Bishops Seat trig point and Plough
After a brief stop for pics (most never turned out due to misting of the lens due to the ‘fresh’ conditions!! ) and a drink it was time to head back. Returning to the forestry road in no time.
View on returning to forestry road
Back to the car park we went having really enjoyed our night walk. Best thing is we’ll need to go back and get the group summit shot !!!!!!
Got a few interested in heading out into the darkness. Should be a good we walk if we get the weather that’s forecast.
Leaving Kilbride Car park at 21.30 hrs, duration approx’ 3 hours. Roughly 6 miles.
Torch,Warm clothes and a pair of sturdy waterproof boots.