Spec­tac­u­lar views

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

Some cy­cle paths in­West Dun­bar­ton­shire of­fer spec­tac­u­lar views of the River Clyde and Loch Lomond.

The Na­tional Cy­cle Net­work 7 (NCN7) cy­cle path leaves Glas­gow fol­low­ing the Clyde and runs throughWes­t Dun­bar­ton­shire via Dum­bar­ton to Bal­loch and then on to Dry­men.

The route then heads to In­ver­ness via Aber­foyle, Callander, Killin, Pit­lochry, Kin­gussie, Aviemore and Car­rbridge.

TheWest Loch Lomond path is a 17-mile cy­cle­way and foot­path that runs from Bal­loch toTar­bet.

The path is traf­fic-free for most of the way, with only two short stretches on mi­nor roads. It’s suit­able for cy­clists, walk­ers, wheel­chair-users and horse-rid­ers.The path be­gins and ends near rail­way sta­tions. The are many other routes to which some new ones have been added, in­clud­ing:

• The He­lens­burgh and Glen Fruin loop (14.7 miles) starts at the pier car park, head­ing along the A814 West Clyde Street to­wards Rhu and onto the Faslane straights. Stay­ing on the A814, take a right turn onto the Glen Fruin Road and go un­der theWest High­land Line and start the climb. Catch your breath at the top and head down into Glen Fruin.

Go over the bridge and up to­wards Luss Road. At the junc­tion turn right and head back to He­lens­burgh

• The Dum­bar­ton loop (51.8 miles) be­gins by head­ing to He­lens­burgh, then Gare­loc­head, then along Loch Long to Ar­rochar, then toTar­bet.

There is a cy­cle path from Tar­bet to Bal­loch along the shore of Loch Lomond which has some bumpy bits. If you want to stick to the road, the A82 is pretty wide. From Bal­loch join the cy­cle path again, which runs to Dum­bar­ton.

• The Crow Hill loop (56 miles) has great quiet roads be­hind Mill of Hal­dane over to Crof­tamie and up the Crow Hill.Watch out for stray sheep.

• The Kilpatrick Hills loop (34.7 miles) is ideal for the road cy­clist with some av­er­age climbs and a fan­tas­tic quick down­hill road sec­tion off the Kilpatrick Hills.

Cy­clists are re­minded th­ese routes are also used by walk­ers and rid­ers.

You can also moun­tain bike in the Kilpatrick Hills and na­tional park. Go to http://www.cy­cle-route. com/routes/West_ Dun­bar­ton­shireRoute­s-30.html.

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