I wasn’t sure what to include in the third instalment of 5 In 5. I thought about street art or my local cemetery but instead I reasoned it had to be Pollok Country Park. It was once Best Park in Europe after all. I can walk to Pollok Park in about 40 minutes and I’ve been twice since lockdown began. I entered from the Corkerhill end as it was raining fairly steadily. I got most of the way there dry and decided that I had walked too far just to turn back. I hadn’t went in that way before. The path wound under the M77 and up through woods towards Pollok House. The woods were beautiful. I’ve long thought that a walk in the woods can cure many ills and these woods were particularly fine, leafy on the ground and with enough of a canopy to keep me relatively dry. The place was fairly busy despite the rain with varying degrees of social distancing happening as I stepped off the path at regular intervals. A group of girls were sitting under a tree near the Cart at Pollok House and further towards the stables folk stood under a canopy to avoid the ever heavier rain. A planter shaped like a galleon stood and I had a memory of Belhaven, near where I grew up, and of the planters made out of old fishing boats in Coldingham in Berwickshire.
Pollok Country Park is home to Pollok House, once home to the Maxwells and now a National Trust for Scotland property, and the Burrell Collection, a world-class museum currently being refurbished. Up until now I’ve approached the park from its eastern side at Pollokshaws though there is also an entrance at Dumbreck, which I used last time, and between Titwood Road and Haggs Road which is towards Shawlands. The walk under the motorway from Corkerhill was perhaps less scenic than the Pollokshaws entrance with the winding river but it’s not bad. On a nicer day I might have roamed a bit further, to visit the highland cows or traverse some earthworks I’ve been meaning to find for yonks, but it wasn’t to be. I walked around the back of the gardens and Pollok House then headed for home, wet but unbowed. 1.8 miles from the house.