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Cardross to Helensburgh

Cardross to Helensburgh

Length
19 Kms
Elevation gain
474 m
Max elevation
493.5 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
***
Type
Point to point
Route id
588
Main road
1.8 Kms
Country road
7.3 Kms
Dirt road
4.9 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
5 Kms
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Directions to start point
After strong positive feedback from our fist route utilising the rail network we have now landed the second route. This time starting from Cardross stationand completing at Helensburgh central station. A mix of running surfaces with a fair bit of climb along the
19 Kms
of the route length.
We arrived at about 8am to a station busy with kids waiting on the opposite platform for the train to Helensburgh and school. A wee bit of stretching outside the station before heading up the street towards the main road. This is a small village but the pavements are good for this short section through the village. We are soon on a typical small country road on which we were passed by only one car.
This road takes you up past St Mahew's Roman Catholic Church. The following taken from thier web site. "The chapel of St Mahew, built in 1467 and restored in 1955, stands on one of the earliest Christian missionary sites in Scotland (6th Century). Today it is the church of the Catholic parish of St Mahew's and is in regular use for the celebration of Mass". Here is the link if you want more information. St Mahew's web site.
The road comes to an end at a tee junction and from there you are onto the Coffin Road. Couldn't make it up could you. There is a signpost at the start of this road giving you all the information you need about the strange name of the road. A short uphill takes you to the farm and from there you are on dirt road and starting the long steady climb around the side of Ben Bouie.
The dirt road gives way to more of a trail and from this point you are rewarded with views over Loch Lomond. Beware though as the spooky wood (as it is known locally) awaits you and in it the steepest part of the run. Steep it may be but long it isn't and you are soon back on dirt read heading downhill for a long stretch. This part offers some of the best views including over Loch Lomond towards Ben Lomond.
At the bottom of the hill you meet the main road, A818, and join the cycle track heading towards Helensburgh. For this route we turned right into Glen Fruin but you could stay on this road all the way to Helensburgh station if you wanted to reduce the length. Glen Fruin is a lovely place to run on the single track road that has very few cars on it. This is part of the 3 lochs ways and after about
2 Kms
you leave the road and follow the trail on the right up over the hill towards Helensburgh.
The trail finishes at the famous Hill House and from there you are onto the local pavements for a totally downhill stretch towards the railway stations. There are two main ones in Helensburgh, with upper being on the west highland line. There are few trains from the upper station so check times if planning on using this one. The central station has a service via Glasgow to Edinburgh every 30 minutes.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start at Cardross station

0
2
Turn right up Station Road

0.1
3
On reaching Main Road turn left along the pavement

0.3
4
Cross the road at the crossing beside COOP

0.6
5
Turn right at the triangle to go up Darleith Road

0.8
6
At 'Run Free Dog Field' keep left

2.5
7
At the Y junction keep left

3.6
8
On reaching the T junction turn right up Stoneymollan Road

3.8
9
Over the stile and onto the dirt road

4.2
10
Keep straight on, heading towards the wood on the left

5.6
11
The path now heads up into the woods

6.2
12
Keep on the main path

7.9
13
Turn left onto the cycle path on the A818

9.8
14
On reaching the Glen Fruin road turn left

11.2
15
At the bottom of the hill turn left following the sign for the 3 Lochs Way. Trail.

13.7
16
At the bottom of the hill turn left heading towards Hill House

16.2
17
Turn right into the car park and follow the road downhill

17.2
18
Follow the road as it turns left

17.8
19
On reaching the main street turn right and keep on the pavement all the way down. You are beside Helensburgh Upper station, but there are fewer trains.

17.9
20
At Princess Street turn left towards the signposted railway station

18.9
21
And arrive at Helensburgh Central

19
Arriving at Cardross station
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Cardross station at 8am in November
Onto Darleigth Road
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Junction from main road heading up to the right
Onto Darleigth Road
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Darleigth road narrows quickly to single track
Onto Darleigth Road
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They like a hedge in Cardross
Onto Darleigth Road
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Out into the open and all we need is some rain
Onto Darleigth Road
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St Mahews church
Nearing the end of the single track road
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Getting close to the Coffin Road
Coffin Road up to the farm
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Coffin Road up to the farm
Around the hill
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Loch Lomond in the distance
Around the hill
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The spooky wood lies ahead
Around the hill
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Into the wood and the steepest part of the run
Around the hill
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Some snow
Around the hill
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A little bit more snow
Heading down the hill
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The route swings to the right but the path on the left takes you down the hill towards Hermitage Academy
Heading down the hill
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Ben Lomond sitting above teh cloud in the distance
Heading down the hill
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a better view of Loch Lomond
Approaching the cycle track
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Heading down the hill towards the A818 and the cycle track
Approaching the cycle track
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Looking north
From the cycle track
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Looking back at Ben Bouie
From the cycle track
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Looking into Glen Fruin
Into Glen Fruin
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Turning from the cycle path into Glen Fruin
Into Glen Fruin
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Autumn colours heading into the glen
Into Glen Fruin
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Summer colours heading into the glen
Onto 3 Lochs Way trail
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Sign post for the trail section on the left
Onto 3 Lochs Way trail
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Leaving the single road and heading up the trail section
Over the final climb
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From the first gate and looking back towards Ben Bouie
Over the final climb
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Good quality path for most of this section
Downhill towards Helensburgh
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A flat section at the top of the hill
Downhill towards Helensburgh
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Approaching the final gate and from there it is all downhill
Downhill towards Helensburgh
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Heading down the hill. The path has been upgraded since this picture was taken
Downhill towards Helensburgh
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A light dusting of snow on the path
Highland mans way
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Junction to head left on the Highland man's way
Highland mans way
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A winter's morning
Highland mans way
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Highland mans way
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Hill house area
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Hill house car park
Hill house area
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The famous hill house before the protective shield was errected
Past Helensburgh upper station
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Helensburgh Upper railway station is on the west highland line
Helensburgh central station
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Helensburgh Central for frequent trains to Glasgow and Edinburgh
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