Our first walking tour of 2019, Green Glasgow, took place on a beautiful sunny day on Sunday 19th May.
Our walking partners, OUT on Sundays, spent the first part of 2019 planning and writing 4 bespoke walks for the Ricefield Art's When Red, Go Green project. We were excited for our first walk all about Glasgow's green initiatives and activities in the city!
We started at the An Clachan Cafe, a family-friendly daytime venue, situated in Kelvingrove Park.
From there we made our way up hill through the park to Park Circus. Here we looked at the West End Glasgow from a high viewpoint, learned about Glasgow’s transport system, polluted zones and a little about the University of Glasgow.
We were then introduced to the river side paths (Kelvin Path) which run through Kelvingrove Park (all the way to Maryhill) meaning there are safe path to walk or cycle that we all can use which don’t involve road crossing!
We were surprised to see the outdoor gym and find out there are many more across the city!
Did you know that Glasgow has over 90 green spaces / parks in it for us to all enjoy?
Continuing along Kelvin Way we made our way along the canal towards Maryhill, seeing lots of wildlife, meeting lots of other walkers and learning about why walking and cycling is great for you and fantastic for the environment. It was great to discover the safe paths that we all can use across Glasgow, many aren’t aware of all of them!
For our fourth mile we followed the canal round Maryhill, learning about the history of canal transport and Glasgow's current transport ambitions, like being the leader in Scotland for emission free zones. We were able to see great views over this part of the city and learn even more about the canal path connecting up parts of Glasgow.
Having walked for over 5 miles we were all delighted we'd learned so much about our city and how green Glasgow is. We shared tips with each other on how we can reduce our own carbon footprints throughout the walk. We discussed reusing items, reducing what we buy, swapping, food waste saving, growing, cooking and general lifestyle, like using biodegradable washing powder and washing your clothes at 30 degrees!
One of our walk participants also shared their experience and their great photos in this Chinese language blog.
Our next walk is on Sunday 16th June where we will be learning about James Watt on our walking tour to mark the 200th anniversary of his death.
You can learn more about the walk and book your free ticket here.