Cathkin Braes County Park Mountain Bike Trails, Glasgow

4.7
#13 of 37 in Outdoors in Glasgow




Cathkin Braes is an area of hills to the south east of the city of Glasgow, in Scotland. It lies to the south of the districts of Castlemilk, Fernhill and Burnside, and to the east of Carmunnock.


Rising to over 200 m (660 ft) in elevation, it includes the highest point in the Glasgow City area. It was a rallying point in the Radical War. It includes The Big Wood and Cathkin Braes Park Woodland, both areas of mature beech, sycamore and oak trees. In addition there is grassland, heath, hedgerows and wetlands. These natural areas provide foraging habitat for a number of species, including kestrels and owls.


A number of mountain bike trails have been constructed in the area. These were used for the 2013 British National Mountain Biking Championships, and was the venue for mountain biking at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Since 2013, a single 3MW wind turbine – 125 metres (410 ft) in height including the blades – has been in place at the brow of the Braes, just inside the Glasgow City boundary (a trig point and transmitter station a short distance to the east are within South Lanarkshire). Due to its prominent location, the turbine can be seen from across the city. It is unclear if more are planned for the area, with subsidy funding for onshore windfarms cut by the UK Government in 2015, although local bodies were supportive of further projects.
The vista of the city from its summit was used as the original title card for the police drama Taggart.
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  • The investment in the bike trails really makes this place worth a trip. Views over the city can be cracking on a good day. Trails range from easy to fairly challenging. Unfortunately, ruined by...  more »
  • excellent all rounder,dont be fooled by the blue route,its high end blue and the pump track is awesome  more »
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