Start location: Clachan of Campsie (NS 610 795)
End location: viewpoint carpark, Crow Road (NS 612 800)
Geographical area: Campsie Fells, Strathclyde and Lanarkshire
Path Type: Leisure Path
Path distance: 0.8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Newsflash! The Heritage Paths (Campsie Fells) Project is very pleased to announce that we have a lovely Campsies map leaflet showing this old path and other routes in the area. To get your hands on one, simply send us an SAE c/o ScotWays (see address top-right) and we'll post one out to you.
This route has a well-surfaced ash path with kerbs across at intervals to prevent erosion, which zig-zags up from Clachan of Campsie to the car park at the Crow Road. There is a plaque and signpost at the foot and nearing the top is another signpost pointing back to Clachan.
Starting at the square in Clachan of Campsie, head towards the prominent gallery and tearoom, then east in front of the row of shops to its right. At the end of the row turn north along the path signposted to Campsie Glen. To reach the Kirkton Burn and the waterfalls take the left fork and explore, but once you can go no further, you will have to retrace your steps in order to take the other fork which leads up and out of Campsie Glen to the Crow Road viewpoint
OS Explorer 348 (Campsie Fells, Kilsyth, Strathblane & Fintry)
This route has long been popular for recreation. The landowner John McFarlan became known as the liberal laird because he opened his land for public access. In 1830, the other side of the glen was also opened, and by 1841 it was said by Rev Robert Lee that so many people were visiting that "the quiet and decency of a country sabbath are here quite destroyed during half the year". However, its popularity continued, helped no doubt by the Blane Valley Railway's extension of the Campsie Branch line from Lennoxtown in the 1860s which included a Campsie Glen halt at Haughhead.
It is said that by the early twentieth century there could be up to 1300 visitors a day. Old postcards depict a no longer accessible route up the glen known as Jacob's Ladder. Buses ran from Glasgow, so even once the railway line closed to passengers in the 1950s, the area was easily reached by those who wished to escape the city and take to the hills. The most well known of these walkers is the fondly remembered Tom Weir, who is commemorated by a plaque at Clachan of Campsie.
At one time the route up the glen was just a grassy path, but this has been relatively recently upgraded as part of the Millennium Forest for Scotland with woodland walkways.
[ - with thanks to the excellent Campsie Glen Cultural Trail leaflet produced with the support of Lennoxtown Project Group and Lennoxtown Heritage and Preservation Trust. Copies may still be available locally.]