Unwind by the burn
The Cleddans Burn winds its way through this lovely patch of open grassland and young woodland. The meadows are bright with wildflowers in the summer. Follow the burnside path to reach the imposing 1960s water tower, where you can enjoy spectacular views across the river and city and up to the rocky ridge of the Kilpatrick Hills.
Glasgow City Council owns the land here, while we at Forestry Commission Scotland manage the woods. Together, we have improved the trails across the Drumchapel woods and planted new native woodland to create more green spaces for people and wildlife in the city. The wide, surfaced path through the site is about a mile (1.8km) long, making it ideal for walking, running and cycling. This is a popular place for Paths for Health walks too – a fun and sociable way to enjoy the woods and get some fresh air.
You can download our Drumchapel Woods leaflet.
You can find refreshments and toilets at Drumchapel Community Centre on Kinfauns Drive. There are more places to eat, drink and shop in Drumchapel and at nearby Clydebank and Knightswood.
Great views of the Kirkpatrick Hills and over the city from the water tower and a pretty lower path through meadow and wetland.
Firm and smooth tarmac path surface. Generally short gentle slopes. No gates or steps.
½ miles / 1.0 km Allow ½ hour
Mountain biking trails
Watching out for wildlife
Look for butterflies and a host of other insects amongst the colourful wildflowers in the grassy meadows in the summer. Listen out for the loud plop of water voles diving into the burn as you pass by – the burn’s an important home for these rare creatures.
The Romans in Scotland
Just to the north of the forest, the Cleddans Burn crosses the line of the Antonine Wall. This stone and turf wall, built by the Romans in the AD 140s, stretched for 37 miles (60km) between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, and had imposing forts every few miles. It’s hard to imagine today, but for about 20 years the wall was a formidable structure that marked the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire. There was a small fort on the wall near Cleddans, and the view from the site down towards Glasgow is spectacular.
Cleddans Burn is one of fourteen Commonwealth Woods, designated as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which provide outdoor spaces for you to enjoy free events and activities, get active or just 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
Cleddans Burn wood lies just to the north of Drumchapel, which is on the north western edge of Glasgow.
The entrance to the wood is from Achamore Road, opposite the junction with Fasque Place, at grid reference NS 513 719. There is no formal car park here but plenty of on-street parking nearby.
G15 8HF is the nearest postcode.
There are regular trains between Glasgow and Drumchapel. 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.
You can also link Cleddans Burn to the other Drumchapel Woods by walking the 7km long Drumchapel Way. Our leaflet map has more details.
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