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Cocksburn reservoir loop

Cocksburn reservoir loop

Length
6.7 Kms
Elevation gain
236.5 m
Max elevation
199.2 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
509
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
4 Kms
Dirt road
0 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
2.7 Kms
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Directions to start point
A short run from Logie Kirk but with a good bit of climb in it.
Although most of this route is on single track tarmac road the traffic is very light especially out with the weekends. The route can also be done from the Penrith car park further up and of course you can choose what direction you go round the reservoir. The first part of the route contains most of the climb and most of that in the trees so well shaded. You pass the ruins of the old Kirk and the original cemetery which is worth a visit if open. If running this route in the winter beware that this road can become very icy and is very rarely gritted. After about
1.5 Kms
the route is out in the open and you get views towards the Wallace monuments and Dumyat hill.
The second part of the route is the trail around the reservoir. This is nice, but perhaps not brilliant though perhaps we are being a bit hard on the loop. You are out in the open here and it can be soul destroying in the wrong weather, however in the right weather the opposite is true. Surprise.
Once out of the reservoir loop you are back on tarmac which gets a little bit too steep for easy running in parts. You don't go back the way you came but this road too can get very slippy in icy weather. The road condition is a little rough so watch for tripping.
The final part is the dirt track at the back of the university wall. The road takes a sharp right with the entrance to the track on the left. You can't miss it, you either have to go left or right as forward will run you into the uni wall. The path takes you out back at old Logie Kirk and from there a few metres back to the car park.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start from the Logie kirk car park, turning right up the hil

0
2
Go past the original kirk and cemetry

0.4
3
And now start the steepest part of the route

0.4
4
The road comes out of the trees and gives views up to Dumyat

1.1
5
Turn right at the tee junction

1.4
6
Go through the gate on the left, just before the small car park on the right.

1.7
7
Forward through the small gate

2.1
8
Turn to the left.

2.2
9
Turn right when the path meets the small road.

2.7
10
Turn left at the top of the reservoir, heading back on the other side.

2.8
11
Keep following the path

3.1
12
Turn left, back up the small hill.

3.5
13
Back at thre gate turn right.

4
14
At the tee junction keep straight on.

4.2
15
Past Pendreich car park

4.4
16
At the junction follow the road downhill to the left

5.1
17
Leave the tarred road and take the path on the left. The uni wall should be on your right hand side

5.3
18
Back down the road to the right towards the car park

6.3
19
Back to the car park

6.7
Logie Kirk car park
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Large car park but only available when not in use by the church.  So not Sunday mornings for example
Large car park but only available when not in use by the church. So not Sunday mornings for example
Start of the road up
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Lovely, but steep, single track road.
Lovely, but steep, single track road.
Various seasons
Cocksburn reservoir loop. The road can get slippy in the snow
The road can get slippy in the snow
Various seasons
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Spring and the bluebells are out.  Welcome to Scotland
Spring and the bluebells are out. Welcome to Scotland
Different seasons
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Sometimes the snow can get deep but not often
Sometimes the snow can get deep but not often
Different seasons
Cocksburn reservoir loop. View up towards Dumyat
View up towards Dumyat
Different seasons
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Looking back down the small road towards the Logie Kirk
Looking back down the small road towards the Logie Kirk
The real locals
Cocksburn reservoir loop. The wee baby
The wee baby
The real locals
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Early morning view in early spring
Early morning view in early spring
The real locals
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Whats not to love about a highland cow.
Whats not to love about a highland cow.
The real locals
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Breakfast time for some
Breakfast time for some
The real locals
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Mother and son ?
Mother and son ?
Top of the hill
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Looking back towards the Wallace monument
Looking back towards the Wallace monument
Top of the hill
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Love the snow when it is here
Love the snow when it is here
Cocksburn reservoir
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Lovely spring morning
Lovely spring morning
Return road
Cocksburn reservoir loop. A long downhill stretch so enjoy and take care of traffic
A long downhill stretch so enjoy and take care of traffic
Return road
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Descent back towards the start
Descent back towards the start
Very narrow part of road
Cocksburn reservoir loop. Take special care on this section as there no pavement or side verges
Take special care on this section as there no pavement or side verges
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