Kilsyth & Bonnybridge Railway
Start location: Braeface Road, Banknock (NS 779 793)
End location: War memorial, Burngreen, Kilsyth (NS 719 778)
Geographical area: Campsie Fells, Strathclyde and Lanarkshire, Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk
Path Type: Railway Track
Path distance: 6km
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 route and other paths in the area. To get your hands on one, simply write us enclosing an SAE c/o ScotWays (see address top-right) and we'll post one out to you.
Some (but not all) of the former Kilsyth & Bonnybridge Railway is accessible between Banknock and Kilsyth.
The access on to the old railwayline is signposted from Braeface Road in Banknock. It is a pleasant walk westward until it nears flooded former quarry workings. When our surveyors visited it was clear that those who used the path climbed up the bank to the south and then over the fence for easier walking adjacent to the former line. A gate had to be climbed to reach the road to Tomfyne. Beyond that road, the continuing line of the railway is clear, but is wet and overgrown.
The middle section of the route requires further surveys - some sections appear to be walkable and others are reported to be waterlogged.
Once the outskirts of Kilsyth are reached, the former railway is signposted as the Pat McCann Walkway, so it should be straightforward to follow into the centre of Kilsyth.
OS Landranger 64 (Glasgow, Motherwell & Airdrie)
The Kilsyth & Bonnybridge Railway was a short line linking the Kelvin Valley Railway to the Denny Branch of the Caledonian Railway. This stretch included a new station for Kilsyth as well as stations at Colzium and Banknock.
In Kilsyth, this railway was known as the Low Line. This is because another (higher) railway passed through the town - the latter route, a mineral railway, is still known as the High Line.
The Provost McCann Walkway, which uses this former railway line in Kilsyth, is a useful and popular local route. In Autumn 2014, Friends of Kelvin Valley reported that North Lanarkshire Council allocated £25k to deal with a frequent flooding problem near the Colzium entrance; this is testament to how much the route is valued locally.