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East Kilbride to Whitelees Forest via Eaglesham Cycle Route



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Cycle Route Details
Route NameEast Kilbride to Whitelees Forest via Eaglesham
Distance : miles (km)21  (33.80)
Duration(hh:mm)02:00
Difficulty
Posted Byhappy
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Cycle Route Location
CountryScotland
Town/CityEast Kilbride
County/RegionSouth Lanarkshire
Start LocationWestwood Hill
End LocationAuldhouse Inn
Cycle Steps
Heading up Westwood hill turn right at the mini roundbout on to Lickprivick Road.
As you approach the roundabout after the shops on the left handside is a path that if followed will take you down and under the road and bring you out on Greenhills Road. Turn right onto Greenhills Road.
Go to the first round about and take a right passing Morrisons garage ahead.
After Morrisons take the first left off the roundabout and head up and over the hill and over the first roundabout.
At the next junction take the third exit heading right onto Glasdrum road.
East Kilbride to Whitelees Forest via Eaglesham image 6 Head along this road, miss the side road right for Jackton but take the next one to the right (Shields Road).
This road will take you all the way to Eaglesham. Stay on it until you come to a T-Junction, turn left onto Strathaven road.
About half a mile along the road forks, take the right branch, otherwise like me you will go about a mile and end up in someones farm :(
Stay on this road until you see a sign saying "No vehicle Access" to the Windfarms. Shortly after this sign there is a post on the left saying "Public Access to Forest".
Climb over the turnstyle and follow the path. Through a gate, and over one more turn style.
East Kilbride to Whitelees Forest via Eaglesham image 11 There are 2 paths now, I headed straight on up the hill. It is a tough climb to the top, but you know once you get there as you will see the weather station (golf ball).
At this point travel straight on down quite a fast section of forest track. Eventually the road will fork again, take the left branch.
East Kilbride to Whitelees Forest via Eaglesham image 13 This leads round to a little open quarry that had some interesting paths and possible jumps. At this point take the left route again.
Follow this path all the way to the end and you will see a gate to go around. This takes you on to Ardochrig Road.
Turn left on to this and head down the hill until you come to a T-Junction, turn left.
Take the 2nd right, just after the farm onto Cleughearn road and this leads you straight into Auldhouse.
The pub is on your right handside.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Whitelees forest, weather station.

Near By Cycle Shops
Cycle Lane
Cycling Clubs located in this region
Lanarkshire MTB Club
Royal Albert CC
Team Gargrave
Your comments?
posted by:glasgowdanRating : difficult :
I have used this route between Eaglesham and the exit from the forest. Nice route through the trees. After IO. leave the forest turn right, then 1st right and down into Darvel.
Interesting commute from cathcart to Sorn without going down the A77.

posted by:happyRating : difficult :
I did this route again today, weather wasn't great and made the forest tracks a bit clay like. It was still good though and I exited Whitelees forest a different way. At step 13 above, go right instead of left. It will take you down to a cross roads, straight on to Strathaven, left to meet up with the road you would have arrived at, or right to Caldermill. Nice stretch of car free road tho :D

posted by:marcmcfRating : difficult :
I tried this route last night. i got to corse hill, i think its called, but it was getting dark so i turned back because i wasnt confident i would find my way out the woods. Is it an easy route to follow in the woods? because i think i'll try it maybe at the weekend during the day to give myself more time incase i get lost :)

posted by:happyRating : difficult :
Yeah its fairly easy to around in the woods, but I would go in daytime anyway, as once in the middle, it could be quite dark. The main thing to do is not turn off the main path, just keep going around, keeping left where possible and eventually you will come back out the other side.

posted by:ChrisRating : difficult :
Tried this route today. First time on a hybrid bike with 32 road tyres. Thought the gravel roads around the windfarms would shred my tyres to bits. Fantastic track with a MTB though.
I think things got changed up there from when the description was made. I never made it to the weather station (step 11). There seems to be a new gravel spine road running through the windfarm, somehow I ended up on it, but still came out as descibed above. On a MTB I would definetly give it a 4.

posted by:Brian CarsonRating : difficult :
I would agree with the last two comments about the recent developments - the spine road and the windfarm. The time suggested however is wildly inaccurate. You cannot possibly do 10 miles per hour on a 300 m climb along a rough forest path! It took me 5 hours including one short break and a lot of stops to read the map. My GPS was essential!


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