Information for walking and cycling
Strathkelvin Railway Path
The Strathkelvin Railway Path has been resurfaced between Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown as part of a project funded by the Council’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes allocation from Transport Scotland and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
The route - which also forms part of the National Cycle Network, John Muir Way and Thomas Muir Heritage Trail - was temporarily closed between Kilsyth Road in Kirkintilloch and Campsie Road in Lennoxtown, but is now fully open.
Approximately 4,500m of path was resurfaced as part of the project, which aims to address damage caused by tree roots. Hand railing will also be installed at the start of the section at Kilsyth Road.
The project ties in with the Council's Active Travel and Local Transport Strategies.
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You can take a virtual tour of the Strathkelvin Railway Path [opens in a new window] by checking out a video created as part of the 2021 Active Travel Discussion.
Walking groups are active throughout East Dunbartonshire and cater for all abilities, whether you are looking to get back on your feet or looking for some company.
- Qualified walk leaders lead EDLC’s health walks. The walks range between 30-60 minutes, are low level and ideal for anyone recovering from an injury or illness or just wanting to become more active.
- If you are looking for something a little more challenging, Ramblers [opens in a new window] have local groups who regularly meet up.
Cycle training [opens in a new window] is available for adults and children.
- Bike for Good [opens in a new window] provides cycle training in groups or on a one to one basis as well as getting you started with the right bike for you.
- Freewheel North [opens in a new window] offers a range of services including cycle training and the promotion of accessibility via led rides with various adapted and specially constructed cycles.
- Belles on Bikes [opens in a new window] offers rides suitable for women of all abilities, cycle training for those new to cycling, a bike loan service, maintenance training and the opportunity to meet other women cycling.
- Meet up [opens in a new window] a good place to look for other people at your level who want to cycle.
Your local Bike Shop can help you get going. Find your local bike shop [opens in a new window].
- Wheelcraft [opens in a new window]
- Solid Rock Cycles [opens in a new window]
- Visual Bike Fit [opens in a new window] (specialist fitter)
E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular and are a good alter native to a normal bike especially if your route includes hills, is more than 5 miles long or if you need an extra boost. Loans are available for e-bikes, please visit the Energy Saving Trust [opens in a new window] for more information.
East Dunbartonshire is rolling out Bikeability [opens in a new window] training to primary school children throughout the area and has delivered Play on Pedas [opens in a new window] training to every nursery.
Plan your route
A route planner (for utility trips) or route finder (for leisure) is an invaluable tool. There are a few available and many provide options to avoid hills and traffic. You can access them online, by phone or download your route to another device.
- Our local maps of Milngavie, Bearsden, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie detail the available routes and journey times for local destinations by foot and by bike.
- The East Dunbartonshire Walking and Cycling Map will help you plan and prepare for a longer route, highlighting 17 routes of varying length across the area. The map also gives lots of handy hints and tips as well as highlighting a host of points of interest across East Dunbartonshire.
Another useful application is Journeyshare [opens in a new window] which allows you to find someone to cycle with who is making the same journey. This is particularly good if you are new to cycling or just prefer to cycle in company.
Just for leisure
In East Dunbartonshire you’re never far from fantastic leisurely places to walk and cycle.
- Forth & Clyde Canal [opens in a new window]
- Mugdock Country Park [opens in a new window]
- Campsie Fells [opens in a new window]
- National Cycle Network Route 754 [opens in a new window] (Canal Path)
- National Cycle Network Route 755 [opens in a new window] (Strathkelvin Railway Path)
The John Muir Way [opens in a new window], which runs through East Dunbartonshire, is the ideal way to discover some of Scotland’s unique historic environment.
The 134-mile route – which stretches across Central Scotland - takes in castles, historic towns and villages, stunning coastal scenery as well as Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
In the East Dunbartonshire area, the trail passes through various local communities and gives people an opportunity to discover the fascinating history of the nearby Antonine Wall.
The Thomas Muir Trail [opens in a new window] is a heritage trail linking North Glasgow to the Campsie Fells through beautiful countryside, villages and towns, visiting sites significant in the life of Thomas Muir.
West Highland Way [opens in a new window] - this popular long distance path starts in the centre of Milngavie and stretches to Fort William – from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of Ben Nevis, its highest mountain. Much of it follows ancient and historic routes of communication.
Trails and Tales [opens in a new window] is an arts and heritage learning programme by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) resulting in the creation of a number of outdoor sculptural arts and heritage trails.
Or if you’re just getting started, take a trip to your local park. You’ll find your way using your local map [opens in a new window].
Commuting by bike
If you are commuting, consider Bike-Bus or Bike-Rail. All major towns in East Dunbartonshire are linked by excellent rail services to Glasgow and Edinburgh, with cycle parking at all stations. ScotRail [opens in a new window] allows free carriage on trains and Next Bike [opens in a new window] provide inexpensive hire services at the other end.
For more information on getting to work by bike, visit Sustrans [opens in a new window].
Outdoor Access Code
On all routes…
- Please be courteous – always be respectful of other users
- Acknowledge those who give way to you
On shared use paths please…
- When cycling, give way to pedestrians, leaving them plenty of room and remember to use your bell
- Don’t expect to cycle at high speeds - slow down and dismount where necessary
Grants and funding
There are various grants available for local community groups, businesses and third sector organisations to help and improve active travel in your local area. The full suite of funding from Transport Scotland [opens in a new window] and includes funds for interventions such as path infrastructure, e-bikes, events and training.
The following organisations are active locally and will help you find like-minded individuals and keep up to date with developments in your area.
If you spot any defects paths within EDC, please report this via our reporting form.
For further information ,or to request maps for your workplace, organisation or club, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scottish Outdoor Access Code [opens in a new window][
- Scottish Natural Heritage [opens in a new window]
- Traveline Scotland [opens in a new window]
- Kirkintilloch Canal Festival [opens in a new window]
- The Campsies [opens in a new window]
- Scottish Canals [opens in a new window]
- Visit Scotland [opens in a new window]
- Clyde Coastal Path [opens in a new window]