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Craigmaddie Reservoir
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Photographs of a walk around Craigmaddie Reservoir and surroundings on the outskirts of Milngavie.

The tracks around the waterworks are a popular venue for walkers and joggers.


Milngavie Waterworks - Driveway to Craigmaddie Reservoir

Milngavie Waterworks - Driveway to Craigmaddie Reservoir

Milngavie water treatment works is the primary source of the water for the city of Glasgow .

The primary supply is via two aqueducts from Loch Katrine.

Part of the contruction of Milngavie Waterworks started in 1855

and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1859.

The works have been described as worthy of comprison with the most extensive aqueducts in the world
including those of ancient Rome.


Kilpatrick Hills from Craigmaddie Reservoir

Kilpatrick Hills from Craigmaddie Reservoir


Campsie Fells from Craigmaddie Reservoir

Campsie Fells from Craigmaddie Reservoir



Gate House at Craigmaddie Reservoir

Gate House at Craigmaddie Reservoir



Scots Pine Trees at Craigmaddie Reservoir

Scots Pine Trees at Craigmaddie Reservoir



Water inflow tunnel at Craigmaddie Reservoir

Water inflow tunnel at Craigmaddie Reservoir




Craigmaddie Reservoir

Craigmaddie Reservoir





Water inflow at Craigmaddie Reservoir

Water inflow at Craigmaddie Reservoir




Trees around Craigmaddie Reservoir

Trees around Craigmaddie Reservoir






Tannoch Loch beside Mugdock Reservoir

Tannoch Loch beside Mugdock / Craigmaddie Reservoirs




Aerial view of Mugdock and Craigmaddie ) Reservoirs

Aerial view of Mugdock and Craigmaddie Reservoirs






Path across Mugdock Woods from Reservoirs to the West Highland Way

Path across Mugdock Woods from Reservoirs to the West Highland Way





West Highland Way from Milngavie

West Highland Way from Milngavie






Allander River alongside the West Highland Way from Milngavie

Allander River alongside the West Highland Way from Milngavie







Location Map for Mugdock Reservoir / Craigmaddie Loch

Location Map for Mugdock / Craigmaddie Reservoirs




Map of Mugdock ( Craigmaddie ) Reservoir

Map of Mugdock / Craigmaddie Reservoir




Map of Mugdock and Craigmaddie ) Reservoirs

Map of Mugdock and Craigmaddie Reservoirs

( Note: Click here or on map for large format copy )




Map of area around Milngavie

Map of area around Milngavie



Map of Lochs and Reservoirs in Bearsden and Milngavie

Map of Lochs and Reservoirs in Bearsden and Milngavie




CRAIGMADDIE RESERVOIR CIRCULAR WALK - ROUTE DESCRIPTION:

This is an easy four mile walk on the north side of Milngavie which provides the enjoyment of walking in lovely countryside.
It also gives beautiful panoramic views from the reservoirs.
Start from the West Highland Way obelisk in the centre of Milngavie to walk to the reservoirs on the north side of the village.
Head east along the pedestrian parade, past Greggs and past Mugdock Road on the left to the end of the shops.
Instead of descending the flight of steps to the underpass continue straight ahead on the footpath at the side of the main road.
At Buchanan Street turn right and after 100 yards cross the road to Kersland Drive. This road skirts a car park and turns left .
Continue for 100 yards to the end of the road where it turns into a lane which takes you to Strathblane Road.
Turn left as far as the first road on the left, Moor Road. Take care in crossing it into Tannoch Drive, which you follow to the first corner where
you will see a gap in the stone wall on the right. Go through it and turn up hill on a tarred road. It is usually clear of trafiic being closed
to all but Scottish Water Board vehicles. At the top of the road you will emerge at the two reservoirs, the one on the east ( right ) side is Craigmaddie
while the one on the west ( left ) is Mugdock.
Craigmaddie is preferable because the path a round it is always dry and from it you can enjoy many wide panoramic views - eg the one to the south over Glasgow and to the hills far beyond, capped with wind turbines.
The walk around this reservoir is about two miles and well worth the effort. But if time is short, or the weather inclement, take the tarred drive just before the reservoirs that slopes left downhill to Mugdock Road. Cross this carefully and enter Drumclog Avenue.
Follow it to where it turns uphill and there take a path to the left which joins another, turning right at this point.
Continue along to a major path junction; turn left onto the West Highland Way. The path descends steeply; from it you have great views towards
Craigton and the hills beyond. At the foot of the path you come to the bank of the Allander River, where you turn left following the signs back
to Milngavie centre. After half a mile you will meet a bridge over the river; don't go that way but continue along the same bank to a fork about
100 yards before the community centre / library building. Take the left fork as far as Mugdock Road where you turn downhill to the right, across a
small car park, up a ramp and emerge in front of the WHW obelisk at the start of the walk.



CRAIGMADDIE RESERVOIR WALK 2 - ROUTE DESCRIPTION:


This walk is a another circular route to Craigmaddie reservoir and the Milngavie Water Treatment Plant and is ahout four miles long which should
take no more than two hours. The
Milngavie reservoirs are a very popular walking area and in addition to starting at the car park beside the reservoirs they can be reached comfortably from the centre of Milngavie.
The walk starts from the obelisk in
Milngavie precinct and it follows the West Highland Way sign ( WHW ) down the ramp next to Costa Coffee,
crosses a road onto a footpath which goes straight ahead under a road bridge.
Afler the CE Centre building on the left it turns left through the wood and then right along the side of the River Allander to the next junction at the iron bridge. Here, the walk leaves the WHW, and takes the 2nd path on the right ( diagonal path ) which swings round right and uphill onto Mosspark Avenue. Turns left here and continue along the avenue and at its end go through a narrow grass path into a small wood. At a gravel path, look
for a faint walkway to continue across and then turn right onto Drumclog Avenue.
Take care at the end of the Avenue to cross busy Mugdock Road and enter the driveway up to the Reservoir.
At the top, the walk passes the revamped Commissioner‘s Cottage on the left and after a short distance reaches the causeway, the central point between the two reservoirs; Mugdock on the left being completed first in 1859 and Craigmaddie on the right in 1396.
In front of the causeway stands the Gale Monument,  which was erected by employees as a token of respect and esteem to Craigmaddie Engineer James MGale who died six years after its completion.
The walk follows a causeway then turns left and takes the drivewayto the right of the hedge which swings round to pass by the ruined building of
Barrachan Farm and onto a gravel path. Turns left along the side of a fence and at a gap in the fence at the next left hand bend which leads to a
zig-zag path at the t-junction, turns right onto a wider path. The walk then crosses the road. continues on the gravel track through the wood to
the inlet water flow end of Craigmaddie Reservoir. It is an amazing piece of engineering construction in that it is capable of carrying a water
flow along a 26 mile aqueduct from Loch Katrine to
Milngavie.
Keeping the reservoir on the right, the walk passes the short causeway and then leaves the driveway to continue on the gravelpath which
encircles the full reservoir. On returning to the start of the causeway - the walk turns left and proceeds down Commissioner's Way.
It turns right to pass through a gap in the wall, goes straight ahead along Tannoch Drive and turns left into Buchanan Street.
At the sign on the right “Mugdock Road" to go through Barloch Moor and then turn left and take first exit at roundabout back to the start.


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