Start location: Balmore (NS 603 737)
End location: Lennoxtown (NS 626 779)
Path distance: 6.5km
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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 route and other paths in the area. To get your hands on one, simply write to us c/o ScotWays (see address top-right) enclosing an SAE and we'll post one out to you.
The right of way leaves the junction of Tower Road with Glenorchard Road at a sign for Mealybrae House. It is approximately 9ft wide and tarmacced as far as the entrance to the house, then it becomes a very rough steep stony tractor track between overgrown hedges and trees (in fact it is like the bed of a stream and at times water rushes down it as if it were!). The trees thin out after about 100yd and there is a more level grassy section between fields. It then rises very steeply again, straight up the contours, between lush undergrowth and trees to a fence and stile. This leads into unfenced grassy scrubland, but still a well defined bottomed track which veers right after about 100yd. Further on is an left fork but keep straight on more or less level along the hillside with superb views to the right.
The path narrows to single track through cattle grazing and there is another narrow fork left, but the main path keeps on, curves round and crosses a stream before reaching Peathill Wood at a gate and a stile. Cross into the wood where the path is narrow and very enclosed but still bottomed. There are quite a lot of wild flowers including orchids, bird's foot trefoil, silverweed, ragged robin and so on. After about 100yd a similar track goes off right which is another right of way, but our path continues through the wood to a T-junction. Here left leads to the trig point on Blairskaith Muir, but instead turn right along a forest track about 6-7ft wide which becomes tarmac with grassy patches in a few yards. On the right the trees clear and there is a communications mast. There is now a pole barrier along with a small car park on the other side and a road on the right leads to the mast while a footpath heads left but the Mealybrae right of way now becomes a proper road about 11-12ft wide heading out of the wood where there are again wonderful views, this time to the east. The road passes a right of way towards Torrance on right, and then the entrance to Muirhead Farm about 1 mile from the car park. It then turns down South Brae quite steeply which becomes Station Road just before crossing the Glazert Water into Lennoxtown.