There are 66km of managed paths and trails in the Regional Park, below are some ideas and trail guides, ideal for self exploration.
Parkhill Woodland Trails: download leaflet
These trails are signposted and start at the lochside at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch.
· Johnshill Loop a circular 4km trail on even well surfaced paths, suitable for everybody. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
· Woodland Trail a 4km route around the central area of Parkhill Wood. Allow 1 hour.
· Hill Trail a 5.5km route that takes you to the best viewpoints in Parkhill Wood, paths are steep in places and can be muddy. Allow 2 hours.
The Semple Trail @ Lochwinnoch download leaflet & map
A level off road route from Lochwinnoch railway station, to the village, the Visitor Centre and along into Parkhill Wood passing Castle Semple Collegiate Church and The Temple on Kenmure Hill to the village of Howwood. The full12.5km trail follows scenic loch shore paths, tranquil woodland trails, the cycle track, quiet country roads and pavements.
· Lochwinnoch railway station to Castle Semple Visitor Centre is 1.5km.
· Castle Semple Visitor Centre to Parkhill Wood is 1km.
· Parkhill Wood to Castle Semple Collegiate Church is 1.5km.
· Castle Semple Collegiate Church to Howwood via Kenmore Hill is 4km.
· Howwood to Lochwinnoch station via Newton of Beltrees is 4.5km.
Castle Semple Collegiate Church download booklet
An 8km trail on good flat paths, there are some gates but no stiles, it starts at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinoch.
Route in Walking in Renfrewshire, produced by Renfrewshire Council.
Muirshiel Trail Guide to view Hen Harriers: Trail Guide to View Hen Harrier
Park at the Visitor Centre at Muirshiel Country Park. Spring /early summer is the best time for seeing Hen Harriers, although the walks can be enjoyed at anytime of year.
· Mine Track is 4km long and takes you over open moorland to the disused Barytes mine. Allow 2 hours.
· Hardridge Track is 7km long and leads to Duchal Moor and Hardridge Farm. Look out for signs of the ‘grouse railway’ built in 1922 to provide transport to the moors.
· Windy Hill path is 1km, with options for a longer walk in the Country Park. An excellent child friendly hill combining sheltered woodlands and open moorland with great views at the top on a clear day.
Locherwood & Ladymuir Woodland Trails: download map
These trails start at the Community Woodland car park just off the B786 Lochwinoch-Kilmacolm Road near Barnbrock:
· Locherwood Loop is 2km, it can be wet underfoot, this is the source of the Locher Water. Allow an hour.
· Ladymuir Plantation is an additional 5.5km circuit from Locherwood, it can be boggy underfoot. Allow 2 hours.
Greenock Cut Circuit: download leaflet
Start at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre or take the train to Drumfrochar and walk up to Overton.
The 10.5km circuit along 6km of scheduled monument is one of Scotland’s top 50 walks.
Greenock Cut Nature Trail: download leaflet
Start at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.
The 2.5km circular Nature Trail at the top of Shielhill Glen combines a little of the Greenock Cut, the broad leaf trees of the glen and the open moor beside the Kelly Cut.
Greenock & Kelly Cuts – Station to Station: download leaflet
Start at Drumfroacher Station, finish at Wemyss Bay Station.
Leave the car at home and use the train to complete this 16km linear walk with fine views over the Clyde. The Greenock Cut Visitor Centre is a good half way stopping point.
Largs Walking Trails www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walklargs
The Regional Park boundary surrounds Largs and includes the coast around The Pencil.
· The Pencil Walk a 2km walk along the Promenade
· Greeto Bridge Walk a 4km walk in the Regional Park up part of Gogo Glen to the bridge over the Greeto Water.
· Douglas Park/Castle Hill a 5km walk through the formal gardens of Douglas Park with a steep climb up to Castle Hill (183m) and the remains of an Iron Age Fort.
· Knock Hill (217m) is an 11km circular walk following the Noddsdale Water up Brisbane Glen and past Brisbane Mains and onto the hill for great views all the way along a minor road past Routenburn golf course.
Dalry Walking Trails www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkdalry
These walks start in the historic centre of Dalry, the Regional Park boundary is to the west of the town.
Baidlandhill Walk (334m) is a 12km circular walk into the Regional Park giving panoramic views of the Garnock valley and the coastal towns of Irvine and Troon.