A walk along the River Leven

Arriving by car by train: The walk starts and ends at Balloch or Dalreoch Station and is easily reached by train from Glasgow

Coming by car: Park in the Balloch Country Park which is on the left just past the Balloch House Hotel (Vintage Inn). To get there, take the A82 (Great Western Road) through Anniesland, along the Boulevard, up the dual carriage-way towards Loch Lomond to the big roundabout which marks the gateway to the National Park. Turn right here (third exit) for Balloch. At the next roundabout, by Macdonalds, turn left (1st Exit) and at the next roundabout turn right (3rd exit) to Balloch.  Drive down through Balloch, past the station, across the bridge over the River Leven and the Balloch House Hotel (on your left) and St Kessogs Church and turn left into Balloch Country Park. It’s about 14 miles from Glasgow and should take about 40 minutes.  

For both forms of transport, you can either take the train to Dalreoch and walk back or  walk to Dalreoch and get the train back. These directions assume you are taking the train to Dalreoch. Alighting at Dalreoch  go over the bridge, exit the station and turn left through the car park sloping down to the River Leven. If the weather is kind you should add in a mile by turning right and following the walkway along the river to  Levengrove Park, Dumbarton, where there are lovely views of the Clyde and the Castle and an old ruined church. If you’re lucky, the toilets at the Pavilion may be open. After this little excursion return up the river to the station car park but keep to the path along the banks of the River Leven. It is tarmac underfoot for most of the way  and makes a good winter walk. Although you pass by some towns this is a surprisingly beautiful walk with the fast-flowing river besideyou all the way.  There are two loops into the river which are well worth exploring but can be muddy. As you approach Balloch there are lovely views ahead to Ben and Loch Lomond. The marina at Balloch is interesting as are the unusual views of the towns you pass – which most of us have known only from the road through them!

If you do Levengrove Park and the loops it’s about 7-8 miles.

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