Today I walked up the service road to Loch Humphrey in West Dunbartonshire despite my badly swollen right knee. I was with a group of friends and I didn’t want to miss the walk, as the weather was warm and sunny and days like these are quite rare in Scotland. Whether my doctor would approve is a discussion for another time!
Sunny and Warm
It was also the first day when I was applying large amounts of sun screen to avoid burning. The weather up to now has been cold and wet, so there has been little chance for getting sunburn.
Loch Humphrey is easy to get to by train as the station (Kilpatrick) is just a short distance from start of the walk.
The walk is also a good one for winter, as the service road up to the loch is well maintained by the Forestry Commission. You cannot get lost unless you decide to follow the other paths near the loch, when a map and compass could be required.
|Start of the climb|
The road to the loch is quite steep at the start, then levels off before a more gentle climb until the loch comes into view. From there it is downhill until the loch is reached.
On the way up there were great views of the River Clyde, Old Kilpatrick and Erskine. The Erskine bridge, which connects Dunbartonshire with Renfrewshire, was also in view.
On the walk up a Cuckoo could be heard quite nearby. Cuckoos are in decline in the UK and are rarely ever heard.
|River Clyde in the Distance|
|The Waverley Paddle Steamer on the Clyde|
Paddle Steamer – the Waverley
In the above picture the paddle steamer, the Waverley, can be seen in the distance. This is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and it is possible to take a cruise on it during the summer.
At the Top
Near the top the path levelled out and Loch Humphrey could be seen in the distance.
|Near the top|
After all the climbing, the final part of the walk was fairly easy.
Nice Lunch Spot
At Loch Humphrey we had lunch before walking back down the hill and back to Old Kilpatrick.
The sign above says “Antonine Wall 140 AD. The Roman Empire Northwest Frontier” in the circle at the top. Below it says Erskine Bridge 1971. This sign was just after the railway station and a reminder to everyone of this historical area.
It was a good day out.
Train for Kilpatrick are on the Airdrie – Balloch line. If travelling from Motherwell there is a change of trains at Partick to get onto the correct line.