Explore History, Wildlife and Natural Beauty
Being so close to the hustle and bustle of Glasgow it’s quite suprising how easy it is to access fantastic natural surroundings and greenspace from our villages. Though some paths have been neglected over time the historic network around the eight villages known as the Northern Corridor offers an abundance of history both natural and industrial. This webpage details some of the paths and their history, and begins our journey to improve the paths, publicise them to a wider audience and ensure they will remain for the enjoyment and health of generations to come.
The historic Strathkelvin Railway Path stretches from Strathblane in the west to Glenboig in the east and joins at two points to the John Muir Way. Whilst plans are in place to, improve the path, much already takes in beautiful scenery on well surfaced safe pathways. Following the line of several railways the section between Glenboig and Kirkintilloch was part of the Monklands and Kirkintilloch Railway first built in 1826 the first public railway in Scotland and the first to operate steam haulage, after it's closure in the sixties the line became a public right of way and later a designated core path. The path crosses some significant historical points, a short walk from Moodiesburn takes you past the site of the Auchengeich colliery, crossing over the newly built M80 extension and leading into East Dunbartonshire passing an iconic viaduct in Lenzie where the Bothlin Burn flows into the Luggiewater.
There are several ways to access this main arterial path from the villages, head north from the community park in Glenboig, along the bow-wow path which creates a shortcut between the villages of Chryston and Moodiesburn, or from Mahon Court, where the Muddyburn which may have given name to the village of Moodiesburn joins the Bothlin Burn behind the brooding towers of 17th Century Bedlay Castle.
Many of our rights of way came about following their daily use by residents, perhaps as miners paths as men from the villages made their way to the main source of employment, dairy paths used by villagers to collect milk or in times long past paths such as the ‘Well Brae’ allowed villagers to collect water from the local well.
In addition to the coal industry the villages also housed a historic flax mill, a famous distillery and several peat workings, the feet of the workers etched many of our rights of way over the years, perhaps the abundance of edible plants and berries which line the paths point to historic foraging as workers grabbed their breakfast along the way.
These fruits of nature along with the teeming invertebrate life in the fields and burns now provide sustenance for an amazing variety of wildlife in the area, from families of ducks and bats to protected mammals such as badgers and otters, our villages and the greenspace between them is home to almost the full range of wildlife you would expect to see in the lowlands and nearby efforts at reintroducing species such as pine martin could eventually lead to a resurgence of species such as the iconic red squirrel.