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With 91 acres, there’s loads of space to explore at this park. There’s a good mix of grass and tarmac paths too.
In such a big park it can be difficult to know where to start. There’s a weekly Park Run event here and one tip would be to follow the route for that to help you work up to a 5k run. A word of warning though, this is not great course for beginners.
The route is hilly and starts opposite the Winter Gardens near the mini bandstand. It’s a short run uphill to the upper perimeter of the park which gives you great views of the city. If you’ve found the run uphill challenging, why not do some laps of the perimeter.
If you want to try some mixed terrain and go up and downhill, then there’s loads of options in this park. Running back downhill past the allotments takes you to the next hill and you can get the heart rate going again. Make sure you wear your Myzone and rack up the MEPs!
Pollock Park trumps Tollcross with a massive 360 acres to explore. There’s a mix of flat and hilly terrain with wooded and open paths to follow. The Burrell Gallery car park is a good starting point and two laps of the North Wood is approximately 5k. If it’s wet underfoot, this park can be a little more hazardous so make sure your running shoes have a good grip. Or take a friend along to help you keep an eye out for any slippy surfaces!
If you’re feeling ambitious, there is a longer route that takes you all the way to Queens Park. You can read more about that here.
Dennistoun locals will know this spot well. It is compact enough to run around twice and there’s only one small(ish) hill. Part of the park is a public golf course. If you catch your breath at the top of the hill, you’ll get some nice views of Glasgow from the east. The threat of stray golf balls might give you enough of a push run back down the hill and round the duck pond.
If you need further incentive to visit, remember there’s a few nice coffee shops only a short walk from the park gates!
Kelvingrove can be an awkward park to run because of the layout. One way to cover a decent 5k route is to go out of the park via the Botanic Gardens. Starting at the entrance nearest Kelvingrove Museum, run the path alongside the river. Run past Ha’Penny Bridge and cross the next bridge you come to on your left and you will run back the route you came.
This park is busy with dog walkers and cyclists so watch your step!