The new trail connects the Overton Track to the track from Killochend and the Old Largs Road creating a fantastic walking or cycling loop around the loch with stunning views. The missing link was opened recently by Park Authority Chairman Cllr Andy Steel.
cllr Andy Steel, Chair of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park said:
It is my pleasure and honour to officially open this new path. This ‘missing link’ connects two ‘core paths’ and will certainly improve the access and creates a circular route around Loch Thom from the Park’s Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.
We have seen a steady increase in the numbers of people using the Park for walking and cycling, the success of the recent Clyde Muirshiel Walking Festival and the Inverclyde Bothy Project are good examples of this. I’m delighted we can add to the offering that will be used by a lot of people and brings so many health benefits as well.
I’m aware this is already a popular route for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and this new path will make it more accessible especially for some of the special needs groups that use the Parks adaptive cycling equipment.”
We are grateful for the support from Inverclyde Council and Scottish Water in the completion of this project.”
The circular route is 8.8km and can be started at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, allowing visitors to take advantage of easy parking and café snacks at the weekend (open from 11am – 4pm). There is also an interactive exhibition on the designing and building of the Greenock Cut inside the Centre, the Cut itself is a ‘scheduled monument’, it fueled the mills of Greenock and provided the people with clean water from Loch Thom during the 19th century. Access is available whenever the Ranger Service are on site.
We would love to hear your thoughts and see photos from your walks and cycles around the new circular route, share them on our facebook page or using facebook and twitter handles @Clydemuirshiel or hashtag #clydemuirshiel.