THE WHITE CART WALKWAY & CYCLE ROUTE
“Leave only footprints, take only photographs” (Ansel Adams)
The four mile walkway and cycle route between The National Trust for Scotland-managed Pollok House and their own Holmwood House is fully sign-posted.
- It can be accessed from Pollokshaws West, Pollokshaws East, Langside and Cathcart Railway Stations.
- It also links with National Cycle Routes Nos 7 and 75 at Pollok House.
from Pollok House to Holmwood House
Follow the path in front of Pollok House towards the stableyard and sawmill and continue past the fields (usually of highland cattle!) and the Poloc Cricket and Tennis Club playing fields. The track joins the main entrance to Pollok Park where you turn right towards Pollokshaws Road. Cross over and bear to the right for a few yards until you come to the entrance to the walkway on the nearside of the river. To your left you see the backs of the Burgh Hall and next to it, Sir John Maxwell Primary School beyond the football pitch. When you come to the first bridge you can
EITHER continue straight ahead, crossing over Shawbridge Street into Riverbank Street, past the cemetery (the Vennel) on your left, and then take first right into Riverford Road;
OR turn right over it into Shawbridge Street, go straight ahead past the former United Free Church, the Pollokshaws Parish Church and the Police Station on your left, turn left into Nether Auldhouse Road and beyond the traffic lights, left again through the entrance to Auldhouse Park. Follow the pathway and the loop of the river on your left and you come out on to Riverford Road. (It is hoped that a route along the riverside, starting from the steps at the back of Safeway and continuing along at the back of the Poloc Football Club pitch will be considered)
THEN cut through the supermarket carpark and up to Kilmarnock Road.
Cross over with the traffic lights into Corrour Road. Going gently uphill veer round to your left into Riverside Road which takes you down under the railway bridge and back by the river on your left. You are now following the boundary of the Newlands Conservation Area. When you reach Newlands South Church turn left into Langside Drive which goes over the bridge, cross the road at the traffic lights and turn right. The river is now on your right. To your left, and round the corner, is Millbrae Crescent. Follow the path round up to Carmichael Place and turn first right into Cartside Street. Then take first right into Sinclair Drive and veer left at the footbridge (known locally as the Silver Bridge). Turn right into Cartside Quadrant and then right into Spean Street. You pass a recreation ground, Holmlea Park, with a children's playpark on your left, opposite the bridge and entrance to the Scottish Power building on the far bank of the river. The rear of the large engineering premises of Weir's of Cathcart then occupies that bank for some distance. The red sandstone Holmlea Primary School building is on your left as you cross over the road ( it's Holmlea Road to your left and Clarkston Road to the right), going past the impressive New Bridge on your right. You now enter Old Castle Street. Keep on the right hand side of the road and go under the first of three bridges. When you go under the second of them, peep through the hole in the bricked-up wall to see the former entrance to the railway station via a cast iron underbridge! At the roundabout junction with Delvin Street, which is carried on an iron bridge on your right, cross over into Old Castle Road with the river still on your right. The Old Smiddy (now pub) is on your left as you come to the junction with Snuff Mill Road. Turn right and over the Snuff Mill Bridge. Continue uphill now, up the track, rising steeply with the river on your left. After you pass the sign for the White Cart Walkway, turn right up the steps and through the gate on to the lawn through the magnificent trees in front of Holmwood House.
from Holmwood House to Pollok House
Cross the lawn in front of Holmwood, go through the gate, down the steps and turn to the left. Follow the sign for the White Cart Walkway with the river on your right. The track leads you down to the Snuff Mill Bridge (built 1624). Cross and turn left into Snuff Mill Road. Then left into Old Castle Road with the Old Smiddy on your right. At the roundabout, carry straight on - past the iron bridge bearing Delvin Street to your left, into Old Castle Street and go under three bridges. When you are under the second of them, peep through the hole in the bricked-up wall to see the former entrance to the station via a cast iron underbridge! At the junction with Holmlea Road, with the impressive New Bridge over the river on your left (Clarkston Road), you cross over to Spean Street with the red sandstone Holmlea Primary School building set back at the corner on your right. The rear of the large engineering works of Weir's occupies much of the other side of the riverbank for some distance. The other major industrial business in the locality, Scottish Power, adjoins Weir's. To your right is a recreation ground, Holmlea Park, with a children's playpark. Follow the course of the river round into Cartside Quadrant; past the footbridge (known locally as the Silver Bridge) at Albert Park. Turn right into Sinclair Drive and immediately left into Cartside Street. At the T-junction ahead (garages facing you), turn left into Carmichael Place and resume the track to the river. When you come to the junction with Langside Drive, round to your right is the elegant 'Greek' Thomson-designed Millbrae Crescent. Cross Langside Drive at the traffic lights and over the bridge on your left. (Possible track creation at back of Tantallon Road houses to Kilmarnock Road..?) At Newlands South Church turn right into Riverside Road. You are now following the boundary of the Newlands Conservation Area. After going under a railway bridge, you vere round up to the junction with Corrour Road (unmarked except for the No Through Road sign). Turn right. The river is now out of sight. After one block you arrive at traffic lights at the junction with Kilmarnock Road. Cross it! (Ideally the walkway track would be directed across Newlandsfield Road at the back of the former hotel and past the back of Pollok Junior F.C., continuing along by Morrison’s...) Go through the Morrison’s carpark & come out at Riverford Road, with Auldhouse Park facing you.
EITHER Turn right into Riverford Road, and first left into Riverbank Street, with the river on your left, bringing you up to the Shawbridge. Cross the road.
(OR Cross Riverford Road and take path through Auldhouse Park, following the loop of the river to meet its tributary, the Auldhouse Burn. Continue to the end of this small park and turn right into Nether Auldhouse Rd. Take first right into Shawbridge Street, past the Police Station, Pollokshaws Parish Church and the United Free Church on your right, the multistoreys on your left. The Shawbridge takes you across the river. Turn immediately round to your left after the block at no.160 Shawbridge Street).
THEN follow the track along the riverside. The rear elevations of Sir John Maxwell Primary School and the Pollokshaws Burgh Hall will be seen to your right. Cross Pollokshaws Road and enter Pollok Park. Shortly you see the sign for the Riverside Walk on your left. Follow this track past the Poloc Cricket & Tennis Club, the fields (usually of highland cattle!), round by the wildlife garden, sawmill, stableyard and along in front of Pollok House.
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