Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

At the top of this mixed ancient woodland there’s a seat where you can relax and enjoy what’s probably the best view in the area. Gaze out over Howwood towards the Kilpatrick Hills and Ben Lomond, then stroll along the circular path around the hill. With its easy access by train and bus, Howwood is a great venue for walking groups or health walks. Altogether, there’s about ¾ mile (1.3 km) of wide, smooth gravel paths through the woodland and grassland. The section from the entrance to the top is a long, steep slope, with seats along the way. There’s a bridle gate at the woodland entrance.

Surveyed by: David Cowan, January 2017 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 1.2 km

Public Transport: From the east end of Main Street in Howwood, take the right fork onto Midton Road. Take the first right onto Bowfield Road (the B776, signposted for Caldwell) and then the first left onto Hill Road. There is on-street parking at grid reference NS 398 600, from where a track leads into the wood. Alternative parking can be found at Howwood Community Hall.
Car Park: No
Steps: There is a stone water-bar (drainage ditch) across the path surface which creates an uneven surface. There is also a gap between the boardwalk surface and the path surface at one end. This creates a step. Photographs illustrate these.
Barriers: Vehicle barrier and pedestrian gate at entrance.
Toilets: No

Full Profile

Entrance gate.

Barrier Entrance gate.

Looking back towards entrance gate.

Gradient Looking back towards entrance gate.

Path turns to the left and begins to climb steeply.

Gradient Path turns to the left and begins to climb steeply.

Looking up path towards steepest section.

Gradient Looking up path towards steepest section.

First bench on the left hand side just after the steepest section of path.

Seat First bench on the left hand side just after the steepest section of path.

Looking back downhill from second bench.

Gradient Looking back downhill from second bench.

Looking uphill from third bench.

Seat Looking uphill from third bench.

Final uphill stretch before path levels off briefly. Fourth bench appears on the left hand side.

Gradient Final uphill stretch before path levels off briefly. Fourth bench appears on the left hand side.

After path levels off it begins to climb again towards the start of the top loop.

Gradient After path levels off it begins to climb again towards the start of the top loop.

Slope approaching top loop.

Gradient Slope approaching top loop.

Top loop junction. Either way (left or right) will bring you back to this point.

Gradient Top loop junction. Either way (left or right) will bring you back to this point.

Final approach to stone dyke bench feature viewpoint. The final uphill section of the loop if done clockwise.

Gradient Final approach to stone dyke bench feature viewpoint. The final uphill section of the loop if done clockwise.

Bench feature at viewpoint.

Seat Bench feature at viewpoint.

View looking towards Glasgow, Kilpatrick Hills and Ben Lomond.

Seat View looking towards Glasgow, Kilpatrick Hills and Ben Lomond.

Path continues without any major changes in gradient.

Surface Path continues without any major changes in gradient.

Heading towards boardwalk.

Surface Heading towards boardwalk.

Boardwalk.

Surface Boardwalk.

Looking back after crossing boardwalk. There is a step from the edge of the boardwalk to the path surface.

Step Looking back after crossing boardwalk. There is a step from the edge of the boardwalk to the path surface.

Some wet patches on path surface.

Obstacle Some wet patches on path surface.

Fairly flat path gradient as you start to head back to the start of the loop.

Surface Fairly flat path gradient as you start to head back to the start of the loop.

Gradually starting to head downhill.

Gradient Gradually starting to head downhill.

Path surface gets narrow in places due to encroaching grasses. It is still passable.

Gradient Path surface gets narrow in places due to encroaching grasses. It is still passable.

Heading back to the start of the loop.

Surface Heading back to the start of the loop.

A long, fairly straight and flat section of path.

Surface A long, fairly straight and flat section of path.

Back at the start of the loop (Point 11). Downhill quite steeply from here back to the start (Point 1).

Gradient Back at the start of the loop (Point 11). Downhill quite steeply from here back to the start (Point 1).

Howwood Forestry Commission trail Phototrail

 

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