Best autumn walks in Lanarkshire
The days are getting shorter, the air is becoming crisper and the leaves are changing colour - autumn has officially arrived.
With bursts of bright colours, dramatic views, and new wildlife roaming, autumn is one of the best seasons to explore the great outdoors.
Whether you’re on the hunt for conkers, searching for breath-taking scenery or simply looking to stretch your legs, Lanarkshire has walking routes for all occasions and abilities.
For a gentle stroll
If the days of hiking up Scottish Munros are behind you, Dalzell Park Estate’s well-marked and varied walking paths are perfect for a gentle, scenic stroll.
The Estate’s rich landscapes, which include parkland and woodland, are bursting with colours during the autumnal months and offer a selection of ornamental features to explore, including Japanese Gardens, designed in the 1800s for spiritual contemplation and the Covenanters Oak, thought to be the oldest tree in North Lanarkshire.
No matter your age, nothing signals the start of autumn quite like falling conkers.
If you’re gearing up for a playground conker battle, then head to Calderglen Country Park where you’ll find a huge horse chestnut tree at the entrance.
Once you’ve picked your champion, Calderglen Country Park has an adventure play area, children’s zoo and cafe, all of which are open during the autumn and winter months.
For great views
There are few places in Scotland which boast as spectacular views as Tinto Hill.
On a clear crisp day, you’ll be able to see as far as the Lake District, the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland and Lochnagar in the Cairngorms.
For a romantic wander
While there’s little doubt that the magnificent scenery is beautiful all year round, autumn is a particularly special time at the world famous New Lanark.
With golden leaves and roaring waterfalls, New Lanark has inspired love for many years, with romanticist- poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge both writing of the Falls’ majestic beauty.
Perfect for a relaxing stroll, you can wander hand-in-hand through the native woodland and along the Falls of Clyde, before settling down for a romantic dinner at the New Lanark Mill Hotel.
For your four-legged friend
With plenty of leaves to chase, lots of fallen branches to fetch and 300 hectares to explore, your pooch will go barking mad for Palacerigg Country Park.
Spread across grassland, moorland, woodland and ponds, you and your four-legged friend are bound to get a little muddy, so remember to pack the wellies (and something for the dog to sit on during the car ride home.)
If you’re looking for somewhere a little less mucky then why not check out our guide to Lanarkshire’s best dog-walking routes.
If you’re out exploring Lanarkshire this autumn, remember to capture the colourful scenery, and share your snaps on social media, using the hashtags #VisitLanarkshire and #ScotSpirit.
More information on Lanarkshire’s vast network of walking routes can be found on our dedicated walking and cycling page.