Walking in Linn Park is a pleasure - whoever you are, whatever the season or weather.
For children it is place of discovery and fun - whether its sledging and building a snowman in winter or just high jinks in the summer, or exploring the woods. Where for example is this guy ?
For older people it can be place to relax and watch the wild life whether winged, four legged, or dare it be said, two legged; or just to exercise the heart as the medical profession recommend !
And for younger people, a place to meet and chat - or even swim or fish [please remember to get a licence].
Some key points to remember about walking in Linn Park.
First of all it is a long thin park through which runs the White Cart river, much of it in a gorge with only two bridges - the White Bridge in the middle and the Snuffmill Bridge at the northern end.
Secondly because of the terrain it is quite hilly. And lastly it is a "country park" so expect some mud and some puddles ...
The routes within Linn Park are to some extent restricted by the two bridges over the River: The White Bridge in the middle of the park, and the Snuff Mill Bridge at the northern end
You may print the maps of the walks we have listed. Enjoy, and always behave responsibly.
We have recently [December 2018] begun updating the maps of the paths to show the type of path, and hazards - like steps, puddles, and likely places where ice often forms. The color key is as follows where:
- The route runs along a public road - shown thus: ,
- The route uses a "park road" - shown thus: ,
- The route follows a path which has been tarmacced - shown thus: [thinner than above],
- The route follows a "hard path" - that is one which has a wearing surface - shown thus: ,
- The route is natural - usually just well trodden grass - shown thus: .
Once the route has been revamped, it has been added to the menu under "Mapped Walks".
There are a large number of ways to walk from the White Bridge to the top wood, round it, and back.
Routes up the way include going up the tarmac path to the stables and then round thro the stables wood, or up the meadow, or somewhat longer by following the river south; the path then comes out below the crematorium, so cut across to the top wood.
The route to the West along the White Cart Walkway is scenically extremely attractive but it does have some 200 steps - some up some down - which make it unsuitable for Prams and Bicycles - it is also very muddy in places; whereas the on the Eastern side is a tarmac path with some steep but not unassailable grades - but it suffers from a lack of drainage.
From the White Bridge, the White cart Walkway continues to Stamperland - route - where there is a narrow entrance to the park from the housing estate at Monteith Drive just south of the turning into Cromarty Gardens between two houses.
It is a mostly attractive walk along the river ... once past the park boundary wall the path runs between the river on one side with a rather tasteless fence to the flats on the other which is accompanied by flood lights which do nothing for security and are an eyesore from elsewhere in the park.
The St Andrews Orienteering Club (Glasgow) have recently created a second course. For more information on them please visit at http://www.stag-orienteering.co.uk/ where you can find details of all of their Orienteering courses.
There are two courses in Linn Park. The old one, and the new one just finished.
A loop walk from the White Bridge to the Netherton Braes, where at the top of the hill there is a Communications tower beside the old World War 2 Ack Ack battery.
This walk is somewhat longer than most of the ones for which a route map has been made. It is best in the Summer when it is hot as a lot of it is under the trees.
There is only one hill in Linn Park, and from it there are some fantastic views. On it there are three places which might be termed View Points, and at the northern end of the park is Court Knowe. There are also stunning views all along the river on both sides - including above and below the waterfall.
There are a number of wood carvings in Linnpark. All of them were created by Sculptor Robert Coia. He is based in Pollok Park in the old sawmill beside the weir over which the White Cart river flows - the same one as flows through Linnpark.
And this is the one which has been adopted by the Gentlemen's Walking Club to symbolise Linnpark.
On Friday 10th June 2011, I was fortunate enough to meet a tourist holding a copy of this rare leaflet. The Cathcart Heritage Trail leaflet was published by Glasgow District Council circa 1990. Robert Paterson, a Canadian citizen whose family roots are in Glasgow, was over to see those roots. He was kind enough to lend it to me, so I rushed home and scanned it. This fortunate meeting was of course followed by a pint in the Old Smiddy !
Recommendations on foot wear on what type of path.
On the Tarmac and Hard Paths a stout pair of shoes is recommended as there are parts on which puddles form due to leaves collecting against the fencing.
On the Woodland paths and the White Cart Walkway, waterproof boots is recommended due to the puddles, and small streams which flow over (and some times along) the paths.
The tarmac paths and Zig-Zag are suitable for prams, older folk.
Bicyclists PLEASE be sensible about speed.
The best maps these days come from Google. The aerial photography in the area was updated in the early part of 2017, as well as the paths. However some paths which are now inaccessible are still shown. The paths are there and in mostly first class condition.
The reliability of maps provided by Glasgow City Council is poor: topography which is no longer there, or new and not shown. The recent fencing works have closed off paths, and several more have been simply abandoned.