Find the fun at Boden Boo
Boden Boo is a small woodland that feels big. Right on the edge of the River Clyde, beneath the impressive Erskine Bridge, it looks across to the craggy ridge of the Kilpatrick Braes. Stroll amongst the trees or bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the views from the grassy slopes or riverside beach. This popular woodland is a playful place that’s perfect for children – and ideal for adults to discover their own inner child.
There’s a network of about 2 miles (3km) of informal trails, all ideal for easy walking and cycling. The paths are wide and smooth – great for buggies too – but be prepared for a few short moderate slopes.
You’ll find plenty of places to eat, drink and shop, and public toilets, at nearby Erskine.
Please take care when using the beach during periods of wet weather as the area is prone to quicksand.
Mountain biking trails
This is a popular woodland for Paths for Health walks – a fun, sociable way to enjoy the woods and get some fresh air.
If you would like to explore a bit farther afield, Boden Boo is also on the Clyde Walkway a 40 mile (65 km) trail from Glasgow’s west end to the New Lanark World Heritage Site. Follow this route to see more of the great River Clyde and the amazing parks, buildings and communities beside it.
From ferry to bridge
The beach at Boden Boo is close to the old slipway for the ferry that ran across the Clyde to Old Kirkpatrick. Until the Erskine Bridge opened in 1971, queues of traffic snaked down to the shore as people waited to cross the river. It’s hard to imagine such a traffic jam in the peaceful woods here today.
Boden Boo is one of fourteen Commonwealth Woods, designated as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They all provide outdoor spaces where you can enjoy free events and activities, get active or just to go for a walk in the fresh air. The network of green spaces around the city includes a mix of well-established and newly-planted woods, and a new riverside park created out of derelict land opposite the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village.
How to get here
Boden Boo is near the southern end of the Erskine Bridge over the River Clyde, west of Glasgow.
The car park is off the A726 between the M898 / A898 and the Barrholm Roundabout just north of Erskine. Look for a turning onto a small road signposted ‘Crisis Counselling Centre’ and follow this for 600 yards (600 metres) to reach the car park.
The car park is at grid reference NS 462 721.
PA8 6AX is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses between Glasgow and Erskine. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
The Kilpatrick Hills, just across the Erskine Bridge, have a number of beautiful places to explore. At Overtoun House you can wander in lovely Overtoun Glen, discover a brand new native woodland or head towards soaring Lang Craigs for stunning Clyde views. Kilpatrick Braes has tracks winding through heathery hills to Loch Humphrey, with spectacular views over the Clyde, Glasgow and beyond, and
Cochno offers views of the Trossachs after a fairly steep climb.
The Saltings Local Nature Reserve, also near the Erskine Bridge, has a range of easy trails suitable for everyone through woodlands, meadows and wetlands busy with wildlife.
These woods are part of the Commonwealth Woods, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for generations of people to enjoy.
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