RunLONGER | The Haute Route | Kilpatrick Hills, Kilpatrick Train Station, Sunday, 14. July 2019

Tackle Glasgow's famous 'Haute Route' over the Kilpatrick Hills. Starting above the River Clyde the route ascends up and over the Kilpatricks to the start of the West Highland Way in Milngavie.
Vital Statistics

Distance: 24km 
Ascent: 800m
Pace: Approx 10-12min/mile over the route with plenty stops to re-group and chat and take photos. Aiming for around 3-4 hours on the hill.
Run Level: Gnarly*

This is a Gnarly trailrun for:

Runners confident running trails and rough tracks on open hills
Runners keen build skills ready for some longer / higher runs on Munros and Corbetts.
Runners wanting to gain an introduction to navigation techniques and tools or consolidate knowledge.

This run is not suitable for:

runners looking for a fast pace etc. – we will be walking the steeps before running the flats and downhills
runners who have never ran 20km on undulating trails before
runners who are not able to maintain the pace described above (try our Improver trailruns to build up your trail skills and fitness)
beginner trailrunners (try our 5km Beginner trailruns)

Directions/Travel

This is an A-to-B run rather than a loop, so train travel is essential unless you have a support driver ready to collect you in Milngavie.
Train: 09:45 train from Glasgow Central to Kilpatrick
Return to Glasgow from Milngavie via the train (regular service)

*All of our runs are graded: Relaxed, Progressive, Speedy and Gnarly. To make sure you're on the right run for you, see our website: 
Route Description
Starting at Kilpatrick Train Station we will gather after the arrival of the 09.45 from Glasgow Central.
The initial route will take us past the gas works and along the tarmac road leading up onto the Kilpatrick Braes themselves.
Once across the cattle grid, we will start the first steep climb where the pace will drop to a fast walk as we start to ascend. Reaching the tree line, there will be a short section of flat before continuing the ascent with a run / walk / run where appropriate.
Rounding Loch Humphrey we'll head out to Duncolm summit (this section represent a 300m+ climb from the start point, so not to be taken lightly) before bog trotting and heading down to Burncrooks Reservoir. From there we will climb up to visit The Whangie rock feature - a great spot for photos.
Contouring round The Whangie, we'll pick up the John Muir Way and follow this eastwards before we pick up the West Highland Way for a steady run into Milngavie, finsihing at the very start of the West Highland Way - more photos to be had! 
There are plenty options in Milngavie for coffee, cake etc before we get a train back to Glasgow Central and cap off an epic trailrun adventure.


What to wear/bring

Trailshoes – mandatory (the more aggressive/studded the sole the better). Something like Salomon Speedcross are ideal and if you have shoes such as Inov8 X-Talons / Mudclaws even better.
Hat/buff, gloves - mandatory
Waterproof jacket – mandatory
Waterproof trousers - mandatory
Charged mobile phone - mandatory
Food & water - runners are required to carry the appropriate amount of food and water to suit the individual. We strongly advise you carry some extra food as an emergency supply e.g. 2 or 3 bars stashed in your bag.
Survival bag - these are not mandatory, but we strongly advise carrying one in your running bag at all times, especially when accessing open hill.
Map and compass - these are not mandatory, as we will be guiding the group, but it's good practice to carry them. We're happy to offer map reading tips on the run.

We will email all attendees a few days before the run to suggest any specific kit to suit the weather forecast.
We will hold a kit check prior to the run to ensure everyone is suitably prepared. Sorry, but no mandatory kit = no run. Please don't make us have to make that awkward call.
The Important Small Print
The terms and conditions below are to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone participating in this TrailFest run.

The format of this TrailFest run is based on a led, group run with regular stopping to re-group, take in the view and be social. Note; this is intended as a run, not a hike.
TrailFest reserve the right to refuse your participation on this run should it be deemed by TrailFest that you are not fit and/or healthy enough to complete the full route with the group as outlined above, or if you do not have the mandatory kit required for this run.
All of our runs are for ***** runners only: no under 18s and no dogs.

If you've any queries, please see our FAQs page on the website: , join our Facebook group, or drop us a line: rundirty@trailfestscotland.com
Looking forward to running with you!
Team TrailFest
#RunDirty

Sunday, 14. July 2019, Kilpatrick Train Station, RunLONGER | The Haute Route | Kilpatrick Hills

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