The Ladywell Way - Hilllend toAvonbridge
Bike track from Hillend along railway line past loch and then up along quiet scenic roads to Avonbridge .
Detailed Description below
Arriving from path from Lilly Loch, cross A89 road at derelict pub and head down track at left hand side of pub towards bike track (Number 75). Go over railway bridge then take sharp right to follow bike track (tarmac) along loch. Note that Caldercruix village nearby ( local shop, B &B etc)
Follow bike track along south bank of Hillend Reservoir for 2 ½ km to Fishing Lodge. (Cafe/Toilets/lounge) and continue along bike track for another 9 kms beside railway till west end of Blackridge village. .Leave bike track at set of stairs and turn left and go over railway bridge. Follow single track road for few hundred yards to meet and cross A89 to pavement on other side. Turn right. Continue through Blackridge village (Shop, pubs) Turn left at sign for "heights" and continue uphill past houses till you leave village and join single track country road.
This road is quiet and mostly with grass verges but care should still be observed for traffic especially at bends and blind summits.
Road take sharp right turn and goes past Eastcraigs hill (246m).This is a fantastic viewpoint with hills viewable from Tinto and the Pentlands to the south east and Ben Vorlich, a Munro in the North.
Continue 1 ½ kms past Heights on right, then another 1 ½ km to a fork in road. Take left fork for 1 ½ km to Greenhill farm junction, take right to Linhouse farm ½ km. Continue along road for 1 ½ km to arrive at T junction. Take right 300 m to join main road B8028 and proceed downhill, about 800m, to centre of Avonbridge (Shop, pubs, nearby B &B).
This is the 2nd section of the great pilgrim trail, the Ladywell Way, from Motherwell in Lanarkshire to the Forth Road Bridge and then on to St Andrews.
For other great pilgrimage routes please visit the website