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Autumn walks

Top autumn walks

Top autumn walks

It's that time of year when the Dear Green Place changes into a glow of autumn colours. Check out our pick of five of the best city walks at this glorious time of year.

1. A city walk with a view

The Glasgow Necropolis is perfect for an autumn walk with lots of history all around. Head to the top of the beautiful Victorian garden cemetery for panoramic views, which take in the medieval Glasgow Cathedral. Visit The Friends of the Necropolis website for more information on tours and walks.

2. A family-friendly day out in Pollok Country Park

For family-friendly walks, look no further than Glasgow’s biggest green space, Pollok Country Park. There is so much to see and do for little explorers! Start out at the Art Fund Museum of the Year, the Burrell Collection. Then take the 5 minute walk to the country manor, Pollok House, where you can enjoy a riverside stroll, mini maze and fairy garden. En route, be sure to snap some selfies with Highland Cows. Visit for more on how spend a day out in Pollok Country Park.

3. Glasgow history on a river side walk

A bridge across a wide river scene. Trees and a combination of older and newer style buildings are on either side of the river.

The River Clyde is one of the best spots to see how Glasgow has changed through the ages. Famed for its shipbuilding past, the River Clyde is now home to many of the city’s most modern buildings. Visit Glasgow’s Clyde Bridges Heritage Trail website for an excellent walking route zig-zagging across the river. The walk takes in 21 bridges, some of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings and finishes at the city’s oldest park, Glasgow Green. All this in less than four miles!

4. A leafy walk joining 2 city parks

Take in two of the city’s most beautiful parks and one of the UK’s coolest neighbourhoods in an easy riverside walk! Starting in Kelvingrove Park, you'll see two of the city's best-known buildings, the University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Follow the leafy Kelvin Walkway along the River Kelvin, which takes you past Kelvinbridge - a top 50 coolest neighbourhood in the world (Time Out, 2019). Once at the Botanic Gardens, you can enjoy the tree trail looking its best in autumnal colours. Visit for details on the tree trail.

5. Wildlife spotting in a city nature reserve

For nature-lovers, a visit to Hamiltonhill Claypits is a must! Just 10 minutes from the city centre, this new greenspace is perfect for unwinding. There are boardwalks along the canal, woodland walks and wildflower meadows to explore. And look out for the likes of roe deer, dragonflies and finches, which make their home in Glasgow's only inner-city nature reserve. Visit for info.

Article last updated: August 2023

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