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Kilpatrick Hills: 5 walking and trail running routes

Written by Fiona

January 26 2021

During lockdown 2021, I am again endeavouring to find new adventures on my doorstep. There is plenty to explore in the Kilpatrick Hills and rather than always doing the same tried-and-tested routes, I have been enjoying trail runs with different friends.

Here are five routes, including one favourite and four fairly new routes I have discovered. Thanks to friends David, Nic and Simon for proving motivation and insight over some fantastic lockdown runs.

Note: The routes are for guidance and at times we have veered off course into bog and heather. But, I suggest, that is one of the things about adventuring: There is fun in discovering new routes for yourself and join different places together.

Cochno hill circuit

This is a favourite run, via Cochno and Jaw reservoirs, that I have done numerous times.

Start/finish: Cochno car park.

Distance: 8km

Total ascent: 270m

See route on OS Maps.

In snow with Lynz.
A milder day for a solo run.
This route is Wispa’s favourite by far as she can run off the lead for most of it (some sheep in fields).
With Wispa the Wonder Whippet.

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In search of Jesus’ Thimble

Start/finish: Mains Estate, Milngavie

Via Kilmannan reservoir and Jaw Reservoir return via Jesus’ Thimble.

Distance: 15km

Total ascent: 490m

See approximate route on OS Maps.

Sheep and sunshine. Credit: Nic Dawson
At Jesus’ Thimble trig with Nic Dawson of Epic Trail Running. (Well, we think this might mark the spot of the Thimble….)

In search of Lucifer’s Loch

Lucifer’s Loch is to the east of Black Loch and below Jesus’ Thimnble.

Start/finish: Mains Estate, Milngavie

Via the Clyde Coastal Path, Lucifer’s Loch and Black Loch.

Distance: 12.5km

Total ascent: 385m

See approximate route on OS Maps.

Jaw Reservoir circuit

Start/finish: Edenmill Farm Shop

Via Kilmannan Reservoir, Jaw Reservoir return. You could also do a short detour to a waterfall called Auchineden Spout on this route.

Distance: 13km

Total ascent: 400m

See approximate route on OS Maps.

Auchineden Spout.

Cochno and Duncolm summits run

Start/finish: Edenmill Farm Shop

Via Kilmannan Reservoir, Jaw Reservoir to Duncom, return via Burncrooks Reservoir.

Distance: 18km

Total ascent: 500m

See approximate route on OS Maps.

Disclaimer: If you get lost or fall into bog or over heather please don’t blame me. All these routes should be explored according to your own experience and while taking responsibility for your own well-being.

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