Clyde Coastal Path
The Clyde Coastal Path (CCP) runs from the Kelly Burn, south of Weymss Bay, to Milngavie. It was opened in 2014. Its name in Scottish Gaelic is Ceumcolse Linne Chuaidh.
After Weymss Bay walkers have two options to Greenock, either the high muir land route or the low coastal route. From Greenock the path follows the route of the River Clyde, but not always along its banks, towards the Erskine Bridge. Crossing the bridge the path goes inland towards Hardgate and then across to Milngavie.
The path is split into 3 sections. The length of section 1 to Greenock depends on the route taken. Just under 20km via the muir or 25km by the coastal route. Section 2 from Greenock to the Erskine Bridge is 26km. Section 3, the path to Milngavie, adds a further 14km giving an overall total length of 60km by the shorter route, 65km if the longer route is selected.
A circular walk of 45km can be created by using both routes in section 1. With a round route you can opt to start anywhere in section 1 and return to the same spot.
Two spurs to the CCP have been added to the original route. The Partick Spur (19km) runs between Boden Boo at the Erskine Bridge to Partick Railway Station. The 5km Paisley Spur runs from the River Cart to Paisley Abbey.
The Clyde Coastal Path offers nearly 110km of walking through rural and urban areas. While a high percentage of the path is near populous areas or along paved roads some of the route is over exposed land with few, if any, other people likely to be met on these sections of the route. When setting out, a walker should ensure they are correctly equipped for the weather and the section they are walking. In wet weather some sections of the path can become muddy and slippery. If in doubt, don’t do it or choose an easier, safer section.
The path starts where the Ayrshire Coastal Path ends. At the other end, in Milngavie, you have the option to continue walking using the West Highland Way. After that there is the Great Glen Way and Cape Wrath Trail.
The Paisley Spur gives the option to continue on the Pilgrims’ Way while Partick Spur links with the Clyde Walkway.
The Rotary Clubs who have created and maintain the CCP are part of Rotary International District 1230 (West of Scotland). Rotary Club of Gourock are responsible for the path south of Erskine Bridge. The path north of the bridge is the responsibility of Rotary Club of Allander who are based in Bearsden and Milngavie. Responsibility for the spurs lie with Rotary Clubs of Erskine, Govan, Paisley Callants and Renfrew.
The path is well sign posted over its complete length including a QR Code on every sign, giving information about the location and the route to the next sign. A guide book for the CCP was published in June 2018 by Dr. Vincent Cuddihy, with a foreword written by Sally Magnusson, author and broadcaster. The book is not just a directions guide. It has colour coded text with points of interest/information, nature notes and alternative routes.
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