A tour of trails at the western end of the hills starting from the main Kilpatrick Hills car park (signposted) next to Old Kilpatrick bowling club and very near the station. While there will be a fair bit of forest road the single track sections will be fairly demanding so gravel bike not recommended and if you have a full sus probably bring that. To start we will tackle the 300m climb up to Loch Humphrey to get you warmed up before heading through the Loch Humphrey East to West trail over to the Mr H / Greenlands 3 descent. After a climb back up forest road we will go to Spexy Beast and Hitman which are short but loamy and muddy forest off-piste. Once finished with those (multiple circuits are an option) we head back past Loch Humphrey and take a meander across Prime Ridge to the Slacks before returning across the top of the hill to descend by either Smell Ma Fingers (blue/red) or Fraggle Rock (red) (there is an optional black: 28 Inches if you prefer) all of which meet to finish on the Bottom Field New Exit which comes out at the cattle grids. WARNING: do not take the cattle grids at an angle especially if wet, they can easily break your legs.
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It’s a ride I’ve always wondered about doing; through the Old Kilpatricks via Duncolm. The recent dry spell of weather meant it would be the perfect time for having a bash at it. And so, maps, satellite views and old GPX files were consulted and a plan was hatched. What about the weather? The forecast was for increasing cloud. Ahh, keep the base layer, ditch the suncream then. Big mistake….
I can see the pub from here….and by that I mean the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha
Wee last minute plan to ride up the Kilpatrick hills on Saturday morning. Take in some singletrack up top & ride some of the downhill runs and have some fun.
Something for everyone, beer & food is optional. & bbq back at my house if it’s a good day 😉 whats not to like!
A few weeks back 6 of us headed out from Milngavie on a cold, grey morning for a bit of an adventure into the Old Kilpatricks. Thankfully the dry spell meant the going was fairly easy on our trans-OK’s route. After navigating Windy Hill & Hardgate we followed our noses and some faint trails as the trail undulated over ridges in the direction of Kilmannan & Burncrooks.
Leaving from club hall car park (Stewart St, Milngavie) – 9am
Gavin T passed this on to me for input ,looks like the forestry commission have most trails covered ,one which could be done is the south westerly from duncolm to greenside reservoir .but all in all if these improvements are completed it will be amasing as the down hill runs which have been cut by the local young team are gnarly and if any one has riding them will no ,I have spent a lot of time up there and the are sweet decents and tough ascents ,all in all another great wee addition to the greater glasgow mtb scene.
Does anyone happen to have any GPS routes for the Kilpatricks? Especially if they cover routes linking Loch Humphrey, Greenside Reservoir, Cochno & Burncrooks. If you do then let me know and I’ll email you offline. Ta.
A few weeks back Gerry suggested a loop of the Old Kilpatricks, just west of Glasgow followed by a bite to eat at a local carvery. The combination of bribery with food and a bike ride convinced 16 of us to head out on a very cold & blustery day. Continue reading