Though Glasgow is a busy city it’s easy to escape the bustle and find a quiet place to walk where nature thrives.
The Canal tow path of the Forth and Clyde Canal can be accessed from Anniesland Cross or Maryhill Road and many other points along its length. This green corridor stretches across Scotland from Bowling in the west to Edinburgh in the east.
On 12th October 2020, the Garscube Bridge, a new retractable bridge which crosses the canal at a point no distance behind Firhill Stadium was opened giving access to an area on the north side of the canal now known as Claypits Nature Reserve. In days long past, this was where the clay extracted was used to line the canal. In turn coal and other materials transported by barge along the canal were used to power the industrial revolution, which, in turn, transformed the nation.
Another haven for wildlife near Gartnavel Hospital is Bingham's Pond, or Jury’s Pond as it is probably better known. It can be reached easily from Great Western Road. Swans, coots and a variety of ducks make the pond their home throughout the year. Temporary visitors include pairs of goosanders, cormorants and grey heron. From the south west corner of the tarmac walkway bordering the pond, a few steps lead to Shelley Road. It's no distance (keep the car park on your left) to find the signpost and start of the Tranquil Trail through mature woodland behind the old Garnavel Hospital buildings.
The main entrance to Glasgow's much loved Botanic Garden is on the corner where Great Western Road meets Queen Margaret Drive. As well as formal flower beds there are displays of desert plants and a mini jungle in the glass houses. Well fed grey squirrels can be easily spotted throughout the park. In the arboretum, you may find the rare tree, a Scottish Whitebeam, Sorbus arrenensis which usually can only be found growing in a small part of the Isle of Arran.