Unofficial Cycle Routes - Pollok Park to Eaglesham

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This route links Pollok Park, Pollokshaws and Newlands to Cathcart, Castlemilk and Carmunnock, then continues to Eaglesham. As Castlemilk is on a hill overlooking Glasgow, some climbing is needed after Cathcart to get there, but the views are pretty good on a clear day (or you might just see the smog over Glasgow). The continuation to Eaglesham takes a reasonably direct route through Thorntonhall. This route connects with the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 7 at Pollok Park, and takes in the ford at Hole. From Carmunnock it is possible to follow unofficial cycle routes to East Kilbride or to Newton Mearns via Thorntonhall and Waterfoot on quiet roads. From Newton Mearns, you can continue in an arc to Glasgow via the East Renfrewshire Council Newton Mearns to Thornliebank cycle route.

Starting from the main entrance to Pollok Park at Pollok Avenue, exit left onto Pollokshaws Road, then turn right at the cycle right turn bit into Christian Street. Follow the main road left then right into Ashtree Road, which becomes Riverford Road. Carry straight on into Newlands Road, and continue until you reach Cathcart Railway Station. Turn left then first right after the river bridge to follow the one-way system and carry straight on into Old Castle Road. (In the opposite direction, turn left from Old Castle Road, then straight on across Cathcart Road under the railway bridge into Newlands Road.)

On Old Castle Road, take the third left, Crompton Avenue, then the third right, Elmore Avenue. This road bypasses the steep hill in Old Castle Road, and is also in one of the more attractive residential parts of Glasgow. Continue along this road until the end, then turn right into Tanera Avenue, and first left into Seil Drive. At the end, turn right into the local access road part of Carmunnock Road, then cross straight across, parallel to the main Carmunnock Road, at the traffic signals outside the shops. Turn left and pass the roundabout, then cross Carmunnock Road itself using the traffic signals there. Turn right into the local access road on the far side. Continue up the access road section of Carmunnock Road until the top of the hill. Turn left into Dougrie Road and second right into Birgidale Road.

At the end of this road turn right into Ardencraig Road and immediately left, onto a path that is called Windlaw Road. This path leads to Carmunnock and becomes a minor road as it enters the village.

From the centre of Carmunnock, turn left and head south along the main but unclassified Waterside Road to Thorntonhall. Turn left at the end of the road onto the B766, then take care at the roundabout, crossing over the A726 into Peel Road. (An alternative but longer route is available going via Kittochside.) Continue straight through Thorntonhall, and cross the railway bridge. Take the second road on the right after the railway bridge. Follow this road, forking left at the only junction, which leads to Eaglesham. Be aware that the ford at Hole can be flood to over half a metre of water during times of heavy rainfall.

On arrival at Eaglesham, turn left for the centre of the village, or right for a row of shops, including a café. From here you can follow the unofficial cycle route to East Kilbride and Strathaven.

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