Between my better half waking up post-nightshift and meeting a friend in Greenock in the evening, we had a couple of hours free on a sunny weekday afternoon. Cornalees Nature Trail was on the way to Greenock (sort of), so fit the bill.
The visitor centre and toilets at the start were all shut up when we got there at around 4.30pm. Heading across the road and onto the path beyond took us past the outflow from Compensation Reservoir.
An easy path led along the Greenock Cut aqueduct. Quite a few midges and other flying insects were out and about (dusk approaching)... as well as quite a few runners, as I found out when nature called
A few nice views down the glen towards the Firth of Clyde as we approached Shielhill Farm:
Here the path forked: the right branch continued along the Cut, but left took us downhill to the nature trail. An impressive run of boardwalks started at the bottom of the slope - probably almost a kilometre of them, and quite an impressive feat of engineering despite perhaps not really all being necessary. At first the boardwalks run alongside Kip Water, crossing over a few times on bridges.
At times the boardwalks climbed away from the burn slightly, but it's never far away.
Eventually, the path does leave the glen, bending round and climbing up towards another aqueduct on the other side of the valley: Kelly Cut.
The trees soon thinned and the elevated boards made for a near-effortless climb through bracken. Maybe the government should build boardwalks up all the Munros? Good views over Shielhill Glen:
At the Kelly Cut the boardwalk finally ended and a left turn led straight back to the car park on the flat. The sheep around here were just about the only wildlife we saw on this "Nature Trail":
Kids would love this walk, and we're just overgrown children anyway, so an enjoyable way to fill a few hours!
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