Cycle Route 75 through West Scotland.

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Todays bike ride involved heading off in the same direction but this time at the fork just past the Black Cart Water I followed national Cycle path 75. This route was a steady long climb to the small town of Bridge of  Weir which I spent a little time looking round. Still feeling tired from yesterday and I had decided to take things easy today. But I was back on cycle route 75 and I came across a village just of the path called Quarriers village.  This was built during Victorian times by a Willaim Quarrier who was a cobbler from Glasgow. But he had grown up in hardship in Glasgow after his Dad had died and his mum had moved to Glasgow in search of work. The village was set up for orphaned Children from Glasgow and the village consisted of a number of large houses along with a church school and medical facilities.

A general view of the village

A view of the Village by Cycle path 75

A view of the church from the same path

Next it was back to the slow climb up to the small town of Kilmacolm and decision time.  Should I turn round and head for home or press on and get to Port Glasgow. I opted for the latter. But in Kilmacolm I found this stunning church.

Eventually I reached the peak of this amazing hill climb just outside of the town of Port of Glasgow and the decent started and it was steep. The cycle path followed a route into town but kept high and out of sight hidden by trees so I could not see the view.  So at Bogston I opted to leave the path and drop down to the waters edge and follow the route along the water to Gourock…. Below are some photos from this part of the cycle ride…..

The final photograph is of an old ship wreck in the Clyde that I first came across some thirty years ago and it must be well over twenty years since I last saw the wreck. I arrived at Gourock rail station with a few minutes to spare to get the train home….




Castle Semple Loch……….

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Awoke yesterday morning to the most beautiful morning, so it was run round like a headless chicken time and make a picnic etc and get the cycle out. So off I heading and this being such a great place to live National Cycle Route 7 and 75 are about 100 metres from my front do. So off I headed for Johnstone and where the Cycle Way devides and I headed on to route number 7…..

Was a beautiful day and the cycle way follow the path of an old railway which in turn follows the path of a canal built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800’s. The cycle way is very tranquil and the wild flowers were stunning, dont think I have seen so many.

My aim was to reach Castle Semple Lock which I did and it was stunning and here are a few photos……

I then set off to explore the village of Lochwinnoch just for a nose about and I followed a line as it climbed the hillside and found a stunning water fall, all be it man made at some stage but still beautiful.

  I then headed back via Castle Semple Country Park, lovely place set on a hillside, but me being me decided to cycle to the summit but i picked the route that was all up hill but when i reached the top the track down wasnt the same so more cycling was needed, just wondering why I managed to cycle up hill to the summit and then uphill to get down!!!

   All in all a great cycle ride and a fantastic day…..must dash of to Bridge of Weir today……and to see where I end up….

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