Walking in North Kelvin

North Kelvin Community Council are pleased to lead and promote walks in and around the area. If you are interested in this, please let us know by emailing NorthKelvinWalks@gmail.com!

★ Dates for our walks are on our calendar

★ Join our walks mailing list so you don’t miss a date!

Group of walkers setting off along the canal on an autumn day. The canal is reflecting the colourful autumn trees on its banks.

Walking along the Canal towards the Stockingfield junction on our first health walk

We are lucky to have a variety of natural spaces to enjoy in North Kelvin. We have the River Kelvin and the Kelvin Walkway to the south and the Forth and Clyde Canal to the north. Within the area we have parts of Ruchill Park, Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve, North Kelvin Meadow and the Children’s Wood, and Wilton St Gardens. Just outside the boundary lie the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park, with Dawsholm Park and Maryhill Park a little way along the Kelvin and the new Sighthill Park to the east along the canal.

Organised walks

We have begun organising our own walks. Details will be on our calendar and on our noticeboards on Queen Margaret Drive and Belmont Street. Sign up for our walks mailing list so you don’t miss anything, or get in touch at NorthKelvinWalks@gmail.com for more information.

We would like to hear from any group organising walks in or near North Kelvin so that we can publicise them. Ones we know of so far are listed below.

Where When More info
Botanic Gardens
  • Fridays at 11am
  • meet outside the Kibble Palace, 730 Great Western Rd, G12 0UE
Open to all – turn up and walk!

The walk lasts for about an hour and, since it has two leaders, has the option of splitting into smaller groups so that, for example, one group can walk at a slower pace.

The umbrella body is Paths for All, which accredits the volunteer walk leaders and also provides insurance cover.

See also the Tours page of Friends of the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

QCHA Wednesday Walk & Talk
  • Wednesdays at 11am
  • meet at the entrance to The Claypits, 45 Firhill Road, G20 7BE

Weekly walking group around The Claypits Nature Reserve and local area paths. Please dress for the weather!

Litter picking optional and encouraged during the walks.

We allow 2 hours for the walk for time for people to gather and include a stop for drinks and food. The walking time itself is usually about an hour.

Contact Susie Stott, 0808 143 2002, socialregeneration@qcha.org, https://www.qcha.org.uk/

Maryhill and Canal Strollers
  • Wednesdays at 1pm
  • meet outside Glasgow Club Maryhill, 34 Gairbraid Ave, G20 8YE
Please contact the coordinator for full details and to check if there is space on the walk. Call 0141 287 0963 or email walking@glasgowlife.org.uk
Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland Maryhill
  • Thursdays at 11am
  • meet at the Maryhill Hub, 186 Wyndford Road, Wyndford, G20 8HF

Welcome to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland’s Walking for Health Project.

This low level, inclusive health walk is part of our Health Defence programme. Open to everyone – walks are free, social and last approximately 1 hour.

The walk starts and finishes at the Maryhill Hub. Please contact the Walking for Health team before attending: call Jacq on 07388 378 605 or email walking@chss.org.uk

Hyndland Health Walk
  • Sundays at 2pm
  • meet on Hughenden Road at the entrance to Hillhead Sports Club, G12 9XP
Please contact the Good Move Team before attending – call 0141 287 0963 or email walking@glasgowlife.org.uk.
Lambhill Health Walk
  • Fridays at 11am
  • meet at Lambhill Stables, 11 Canal Bank North, Glasgow G22 6RD
Please check website or contact coordinator for full details: Heather Mcleod, 0141 287 0963, walking@glasgowlife.org.uk

Other walk information

Most of the information above comes from the Paths for All map, where you can enter your postcode to find out what’s on nearby.

Hillhead Library on Byres Road has a Glasgow Health Walks Timetable with information on regular weekly walks in North Glasgow, including Firhill and Maryhill.

You can also find out about organised Health Walks and Themed Walks at Glasgow Life. Some of these walks pass through or very near North Kelvin.

Look out also for nature walks at the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. You can subscribe to their email newsletter at the bottom of their home page at https://claypitslnr.co.uk/.

You can also find out about local walking, running and cycling routes on the Ordnance Survey website.

Walking is good for you!

There are a number of reasons to walk in the area, especially on the many traffic-free paths through green surroundings and by ‘blue’ water:

  • exercise in fresh air (and all four seasons in one day!)
  • the pleasure from birds, trees and flowers
  • good company and a blether
  • getting to know more of your neighbours
  • finding parts of North Kelvin you did not know about.

Paths for All has all sorts of information on walks in Scotland, including ideas on walking with nature.

Walking is a great way to relax!

Keep in touch

We would love to hear from you if you’re interested in walking in North Kelvin or would like to join our walks mailing list: email us at NorthKelvinWalks@gmail.com.

Some of our walkers standing beside the huge Beithir sculpture of a serpent. Its head is inlaid with colourful mosaics and it has jagged shiny white teeth.

Admiring the Beithir at Stockingfield Junction, March 2024