Unofficial Cycle Routes - Strathclyde Park to East Kilbride

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This route connects Strathclyde Park to Bothwell, Blantyre and East Kilbride. The route does encounter two locations where it is necessary to cross busy roads, the first on leaving Strathclyde Park where there are pedestrian crossing signals, and the other on entering East Kilbride where there are no traffic signals. Other than this, the route is on pretty quiet roads and paths, except for Bothwell and Blantyre town centres where traffic can be heavy but should be reasonably slow. This route connects with the unofficial cycle route from Coatbridge and Bellshill to Strathclyde Park, and with the route from East Kilbride to Glasgow Green.

Leave Strathclyde Park via the northern exit at the M74 motorway junction. Obviously the roads authorities in this area don't want people to cycle here because there are absolutely no facilities that can be used both legally and reasonably safely by cyclists. Contact North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Councils regarding this. Join the footway on the left hand side approaching the traffic signals at the motorway junction roundabout. Cross the pedestrian crossings at the motorway slip-road, the next crossing across to the centre of the roundabout, the next to a central reservation, then to the right hand side of the A725 dual carriageway. Turn off the footpath through the posts on the right into Langside Road.

Go up the hill into Bothwell and turn right at the top into Hamilton Road. (In the opposite direction, turn left from Hamilton Road into Croftbank Avenue because Langside Road is one-way at the top end. Follow Croftbank Avenue, forking left then right, then turn left into Langside Avenue to head towards Strathclyde Park via the motorway junction path.) To head to Blantyre, take the fourth left from the continuation of Hamilton Road, now Main St, into Blantyre Mill Road. Go down the hill and take the David Livingstone Memorial Footbridge across the River Clyde to Blantyre.

Follow Station Road up past the Blantyre Station entrance road and Woodburn Avenue and take the next left into Blantyre Public Park (also known as McAnulty Park). Turn right once inside the park and head over towards Glasgow Road. At the path junction at some bushes, fork slightly left of straight on and go along the path through the bushes. On arrival at the busy Glasgow Road, cross with care straight over into Victoria Street. Follow this road right to the very end, passing through a set of posts, then turn right onto High Blantyre Main Street. At the junction with a large sign saying the straight on route is a dead end go straight on. The sign lies. Shortly after this road becomes a dual carriageway, the west bound carriageway stops dead and all traffic has to turn right onto Stoneymeadow Road. This minor road leads to East Kilbride. Watch out for the cycle route signs along this section of road. Contact South Lanarkshire Council to find out where this route goes. It appears to go round in a circle, but the signs do not say where this route is meant to lead. Go straight on when the cycle route signs indicate to turn right off this minor road.

On arriving at East Kilbride, go under the road bridge under the main dual carriageway. There is no good route into the town from this point so two alternative routes are presented here, both of which cross main roads, but neither involves cycling along them. The first route involves crossing Kingsway, a busy dual carriageway, without the aid of traffic signals. Go straight on at the first roundabout, and turn right into Braeview Place, just before the junction with a dual carriageway. Go straight on along Braeview Place and continue along the path leading to Kingsway. Cross this busy road across to the bus stop on the far side. Take care doing this.

Turn left along the footpath of Kingsway, and right into a narrow path that leads to Wilson Place. Turn left into Wilson Place and on the hill at the end, just before the junction with East Mains Road, take the steps on the right down to a path. Pass under East Mains Road and continue along this path, which follows the former Hamilton to East Kilbride railway line. On nearing the centre of East Kilbride, the path goes past a car park and some houses that have been built on the former railway line. Turn left at the car park onto Main Street if you want to go to the town centre, but continue to follow the path in the same direction to get to East Kilbride Station.

Alternatively, just after turning right into Braeview Place, immediately turn left onto the footpath and head towards the Pelican Crossing. Cross to the far side of the dual carriageway here and turn right. Pass the Whirlies Roundabout and continue on the path alongside Calderwood Road. Take the first right into Cantieslaw Drive, rejoining the carriageway, and first right again into Burns Park. Follow this road parallel to Kingsway, and turn right at the end into Maxwellton Avenue. At the end of this road fork left onto Whitemoss Grove which is a path through some woodland. Turn right at the cycle sign onto a short path, then left onto the cycle path and right into the underpass under Whitemoss Roundabout. In the centre of the main roundabout, in between all the underpasses, you will find a smaller roundabout for pedestrians and cyclists. Here you can turn right for East Kilbride station or go straight on for the town centre.

For the station, go straight on out of the underpass and left into a minor road, Whitemoss Road. At the end, turn right into Stuart Street, which becomes Main Street. Turn left into Kittoch Street to get to the station, taking a right at the end of this street into West Mains Road, followed by an immediate left into the station itself.

For the town centre, turn left after the underpass out of the roundabout, onto a dual cycle path and footpath. Take the footpath because the cycle path ends up on the main carriageway of Kingsway. Follow the footpath past a school and follow it right at the Birniehill Roundabout, not using any underpass, but do switch back to the cycle path which continues to the next roundabout. Turn left into the underpass under the Murray Roundabout, and turn right at the cycle roundabout in the middle. Exit under the underpass and go straight on to get to the town centre shopping mall, which has cycle parking.

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