New Lanark to Balloch

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We could have not asked for a better start to the day. Beautiful sunshine streaming through the trees made it look like spring had finally arrived. Of course as soon as we had climbed out of New Lanark’s sheltered valley into the biting easterly wind we were reminded that spring was still delayed. At least as we travelled west the wind was an asset, speeding our progress toward Glasgow.

We arrived through the great national cycle network route 75, which follows the banks of the Clyde to Glasgow Green. Both of us were pretty cold by now so there was really no question of where to have lunch. The Winter Gardens won the vote hands down. After basking inside at 27 degrees C it was hard to face the chill again.

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We were both glad we did as the rest of our tour of Glasgow left us impressed enough to decide on a return trip when we would have more time to wander.

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The cycle network here is great and route 7 to Loch Lomond was a picturesque combination of disused railway line and well restored canal tow path.

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It led us under the Erskin bridge and to the loch at Bowling before routing us through Dumbarton and up to the shores of Loch Lomond.

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