Glasgow Riverside (approx. 41/3 miles)


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Map: Explorer 342 - Glasgow.
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Start: NS 575 669 - Kelvinbridge Subway Station.
Finish: NS 590 650 - St Enoch Subway Station (the walk could be extended to finish at Glasgow Green/The People's Palace).
Route: The walk is full of contrast, leading you through quiet riverside parks and by busy dual carriageways, following the rivers Kelvin and Clyde. It also passes some of Glasgow's most interesting museums and galleries - there won't be time to visit them all, but it would be a shame not to include at least one of them (we paid a fairly brief visit to Kelvingrove to see a specific temporary exhibition and also explored the Riverside Museum).
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers) or .gpx (exported from OS Maps app on Android device - can be imported into many devices).

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Refreshments: Refreshments are available at the two museums we stopped at (Kelvingrove and Riverside) and probably at the other museums. There are also bars and restaurants in the various hotels that you pass along the Clyde. When you reach St Enochs there is plenty of choice.


Kelvinbridge Subway Station We left the station and turned left on to South Woodside Road, then left again to walk under the covered station escalators - but
street art by Smug close to Kelvinbridge Subway Station do look to your right to admire the mural under the steps leading up to Great Western Road. The artist is Sam Bates a.k.a. Smug - he often refreshes the work, so there may be something different to see when you view it.
River Kelvin .You join a riverside path leading downstream alongside the River Kelvin
Kelvin Walkway Continue on the Kelvin Walkway, just beyond the location pictured, look to your left to view another of Smug's murals, this depicting a history of Scottish transport.

Continue along the path, under a road bridge to enter Kelvin Park. Continue to follow the path closest to the river.
Prince of Wales Bridgeh At a junction of paths, turn right to cross the Prince of Wales Bridge. At the other side, bear left to then turn left onto Kelvin Way more or less opposite
Lord Kelvin Monument this Lord Kelvin Monument.
Kelvin Way Walk along Kelvin Way to re-cross the river and turn right to face
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery ... Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. We've visited this before and it's impossible to do it justice on a short visit (it's probably impossible to do it justice in a full day visit) - there's just so much to explore. On this occasion we just visited a specific temporary exhibition (Linda McCartney photographs), before continuing with the walk. If you haven't visited before, it really is a must (even it's just to have a taste).

To continue the walk, the path runs
path between Kelvingrove and river between the car park and the river ...
path leading to Argyle Street with trees on either side.
Argyle Street, opposite Kelvin Hall You emerge onto Argyle Street, opposite Kelvin Hall. This is a museum that remains on our "to do" list - on this occasion we crossed the road and walked by the side of the museum
Bunhouse Road down Bunhouse Road. When you meet
Old Dumbarton Road Old Dumbarton Road, turn right.
Ferry Road At the next road junction, turn left along Ferry Road.
A814 At the end of the road continue ahead, under the railway and up towards the dual carriageway, then right (where the cyclist in the picture is coming from). This leads you under ...
under the A814 ... the road and takes you to
Riverside Museum the Riverside Museum. We'd never visited this before - and we spent some time exploring . We left the museum via
Riverside Museum the exit onto the riverside, opposite the Tall Ship (we didn't visit this - it was starting to look like rain, and we were hoping to return to our hotel without getting wet).
path alogside Stobcross Road We crossed the car park and joined the path heading into the city, alongside Stobcross Road the A814 dual carriageway.
Clydeside Distillery Follow the pavement around the Clydeside Distillery, go straight across the mini-roundabout and then turn right, following
cycleway no. 7 sign the signs for the cycleway no. 7.
Science Centre and Waverly The footpath re-joins the river opposite the Glasgow Science Centre - when we completed this walk the Waverley paddle steamer was moored opposite, awaiting new boilers.
Finnieston Crane and Clyde Arc The path continues, joining Congress Road just before Finnieston Crane, a reminder of Glasgow's past as a bustling port. Also shown in the picture is Clyde Arc, known locally as Squinty Bridge.
Finnieston Quay Follow the pavement past the crane and the Hilton Hotel, before the path once again leads closer to the river.
Clyde Walkway It certainly makes for a pleasanter stroll when trees separate the path from the road.
leaving Clyde Walkway near Dixon Street We had intended to continue along the river until we reached Glasgow Green and the People's Palace - but we had spent longer than intended in the two museums that we visited, so climbed the steps pictured (just after passing under Glasgow Bridge and before Portland Street Suspension Bridge).
looking up Dixon Street A pelican crossing helped us cross Clyde Street and we walked up Dixon Street, passing the mural, Dr Connolly I Presume before completing the walk at St Enoch Subway Station.

All text and images © Graham Dean, September, 2019.


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