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Walking the White Cart Way

The White Cart Way winds east to west through the south side of Glasgow following the meandering route of the White Cart Water linking Glasgow's two largest parks.

The four mile walk beside the White Cart joins Pollok Park to Linn Park via Pollokshaws, Shawlands, Newlands, Langside and Cathcart.

Starting at Pollok House we admired the formal gardens and Highland cows of Pollok Park, before heading east out of the park into Pollokshaws.

At Pollokshaws Burgh Hall we were regaled by a recital on a mighty Wurlitzer organ.  "Stands the church clock at ten to three? Listen to the Wurlitzer with your tea!"

The strangest architectural experience of our tour was passing the piles of rubble that are all that remain of recently demolished tower blocks nearby in Pollokshaws.  Our guide was passionate about the past destruction of Glasgow’s earlier buildings, that had made way for these short-lived high-rises.

We criss-crossed the White Cart over half a dozen bridges during our walk; the oldest in the Snuff Mill conservation area dated back to about 1700.

The tour passed traditional red and honey sandstone tenements, Weir's factory built to an American design, the remains of water-powered mills from the very start of the industrial revolution, a church now converted to flats, and ended at Alexander "Greek" Thomson's domestic masterpiece, Holmwood House, built for James Couper with the profits from his White Cart-powered paper mill.

However, the architectural discovery of the trip was the beautiful "Greek" Thomson two storey curving Millbrae Crescent in Langside, which backs onto the White Cart.

For a glimpse of historic, industrial and amazingly enough rural Glasgow follow the kingfisher street signs for the White Cart foot and cycle path. 

Download a map of the route here:

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