Easy trails through wildlife-rich wetlands
For a wood so close to the city, there’s a remarkable variety of habitats at Cardowan and great views over to the Campsie Fells.
The raised bog is a particularly special place to explore. A host of water-loving plants grow here amongst heather and moor-grass, with water voles, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and toads attracted to the patchwork of ponds and marshes. Watch for roe deer grazing and listen out for the sweet songs of wheatears and meadow pipits amongst the rushes and skylarks high overhead.
There’s a network of about 4 miles of paths across Cardowan. The paths are wide, smooth and mostly flat, making this a great place to explore on foot, by bike, on horseback or with buggies and pushchairs.
Cardowan has been designated a Local Nature Reserve and is part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Scotland's largest urban nature park.
Facilities & access
There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop at nearby Glasgow Fort retail park.
Cardowan is one of our most accessible woodlands. Have a look at these two Phototrails which give extra information about two easy circular routes through the woods:
Cardowan wood lies to the east of Avenue End Road (opposite Hogganfield Park), between Cumbernauld Road and M8 Junction 11. There is no car park for the wood, but there's plenty of on-street parking available on Mossvale Road or surrounding streets.
Enter the wood via one of the entrances on Avenue End Road or the north end of Mossvale Road.
G33 5PU is the nearest postcode (Mossvale Road).
There are bus stops at the Mossvale Road entrance. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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