River Garnock and
As a theme for this cycle and some others to
follow I decided on River Valleys.
The headwaters of rivers tend to converge and
so they can present a good loop and if you stay
high above the valley some good views may be
had. Thats the theory anyway and this one
turned out well.
The start is a regular favourite of mine, Eglinton
Park. Leave the park onto the A737 but turn
immediatley right onto the minor road around the
east of Kilwinning
avoiding the traffic and joining the cycle route to
Dalry at the north of Kilwinning.
Follow the cycle route to Glengarnock and leave it
just before it passes under the A760 on the north
east side of Kilbirnie.
Cross the A760 and go north on the minor road
out of Kilbirnie up to High Glengarth
close to the source of the Garnock river.
Follow the hilly minor road to Lochwinnoch by
keeping left, this takes you into the town away
from the main road. From here join the cycle
track again leaving it to reach Howwood where
there is a little shop which sells good filled rolls
just prior to the road crossing.
From Howwood go up hill on the B776 past Barcraigs, a lovely spot to eat the filled roll purchased
in Howwood. Follow the B road to Uplawmoor but go right out to Spunkie, Linnhead farm, and on
At Dunlop join the B706 west and at the church go left as you leave the village, this takes you onto
the lovely minor road past Netherhill with great views over the Lugton water and out to Arran.
At the crossroads go right on the B778 to the A736 crossing (slightly right) and proceed on the
minor road to the Lugton water crossing, the B785 and return to Eglinton park.