Start/Finish: Castle Semple Visitor Centre
Grid Reference: NS 358 590
OS Map: Landranger 63
Distance: 4km (2.5 miles)
Time: 1-2 hours
Terrain: Even well surfaced paths suitable for everbody, some pavement sections.
This circular route offers lochshore views, historic features and access to woodland trails.
The Route: Starting at the Castle Semple Visitors Centre at Lochwinnoch, take the cycle track towards Kilbarchan until you reach Parkhill Wood entrance. Follow the trails through Parkhill that will lead you to Johnshill Field at the top of Lochwinnoch, continue downhill back to the village and visitor centre.
Points of Interest: Access to more woodland trails in Parkhill Wood. Historic landscape features of the former Castle Semple Estate. Cafe, bike hire and rowing boat hire at Castle Semple.
Historic Features: A short detour off the main route will lead you to Courtshaw Maze, Grotto and remains of Collegiate Church.
Birds: Parkhill Wood is home to tawny owls and great spotted woodpeckers, in the summer look out for chiff chaffs, willow warblers and blackcaps.
Vegetation: Bluebells, dogs mercury, red campion.