Kilsyth and Colzium Cycle
An idylic cycle and scenic route suitable for the whole family that takes in a number of signiciant local attarctions around Kilsyth.
• Map: OS Explorer 348
• Start/Finish : Market Square, Kilsyth
• Transport: nearest train station, Croy (1.5miles)
• Refreshments: Coachman Hotel, Kilsyth - 01236 821649; Café Refresh, 84 Main Street, Kilsyth - 07828 008897; The Boathouse, Auchinstarry Marina - 01236 829200; Or alternatively take your own picnic and stop off at any picnic stops dotted along the route
• Distance: 7 miles.
• Time: 1 - 2 hours.
• Difficulty: Easy
• Terrain: Paths, estate roads, short sections of back roads.
From Kilsyth's Market Square go to the left, turn left into Burngreen and along cobbled road past the park and old library. Continue straight on to road indicated as dead end. Dismount to tackle small sets of steps, emerging at Stirling Road. Cross Stirling Road onto Tak-ma-doon Rd.
After a short distance turn right onto path signposted for Banton, Colzium and Bluebell Wood. A short steep climb takes you to a level path. Keep right along path until you reach driveway at the children's playpark. Here you can either climb left up the drive towards Colzium House and visit the House and the Walled Garden or turn right onto drive and follow to entrance to Estate on Stirling Road. At the junction of the Drive and Stirling Road turn right and follow footpath for 250 yards then turn right, carefully crossing main road to take the road for Dullatur.
Follow the minor road round to left and then round to right. Take left fork for Dullatur on the downhill. Continue to Canal and go to the right to join towpath. Follow towpath under bridge at Auchenstarry and continue to Twechar. Leave towpath at Twechar bridge and loop back on to road and take next left towards Queenzieburn.
Continue for 150 yards and take footpath on right for Drumbreck Marsh and Kilsyth. Follow tarmac path downhill, over narrow bridge then follow gravel path - Drumbreck Marshes on your left - (picnic site). Stay with the gravel path and the Dock Water. Just after Drumbreck Marshes, take left fork signed Kilsyth town centre one mile. Path becomes rough. Follow stream into Kilsyth past Astroturf playing fields. At St Patrick's Primary, follow gravel path straight ahead. Dismount, go under bridge.
Continue through small shopping centre. Follow stream through Burngreen Park, cross to the war memorial, turn right and right again to return to Market Square.
Points of interest
Colzium Lennox Estate - centred on the 18th century Colzium House, the surrounding parkland includes the ruins of 15th century Colzium Castle, site of the Battle of Kilsyth in 1645, a walled garden and one of the oldest curling ponds in the world.
Forth and Clyde Canal - an amazing accomplishment of the 18 century, engineer John Smeaton chose a similar route to the Antonine Wall for his canal, linking the North Sea and the Firth of Clyde. Work began in 1768 and it was opened in 1790.
Antonine Wall - Dating from 142 AD and named after Antonius Pius, the Wall was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and a barrier to raiding Caledonian tribes. This stone and turf fortification ran between the Firths of Clyde and the Forth, about 39 miles long, 10 feet high and 15 wide, and parts of which are still visible today.
Auchinstarry Marina: On the Canal, experience the large variety of boats moored in the basin and experience the delights of the Boathouse restaurant. Why not have a picnic in the Sensory Garden just above the Marina and wonder at the various sculptures.
If you enjoyed this route why not try the nearby Antonine Wall and Forth and Clyde Canal Walk / cycle.
Tel: 01698 302772