Step to it - Best Spring Walks in Lanarkshire
As we wave goodbye to the wintery Scottish weather, why not brighten up your weekend with a walk around the beautiful Lanarkshire countryside. With miles of picturesque routes and even a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there are few better places to enjoy the fresh air.
Those looking to combine a leisurely stroll with an historical experience should look no further than the award winning visitor attraction - New Lanark World Heritage Centre.
Originally built in 1786 as a cotton mill, this UNESCO World Heritage site, is comprised of an array of fascinating buildings including the old tenements used to house the workers, a nursery and a church.
A designated seven mile walking route begins at the world heritage site, continues along the River Clyde where visitors can take in the sights of the resident peregrine falcons and the sounds of the passing waterfalls, before continuing through the woodlands. There are good footpaths throughout and the seven mile route is estimated to take between three to four hours
Visitors are guaranteed spectacular views on the walk from Greenfaulds Station in Cumbernauld to Palacerigg Country Park, and may even be in with a chance of seeing some wildlife along the route.
Home to a variety of animals, including water voles, otters and kingfishers, Luggiebank Nature Reserve is a popular attraction on this walk. Those visiting this spring also have the added joy of being able to look at the beautiful bluebells.
After completing this walk, which is estimated to take between four and six hours, visitors can enjoy a spot of lunch at the Palacerigg visitor centre, before heading along to the park’s conservation area which is home to some friendly farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, Eriskay ponies and Boreray sheep.
Patrol the Roman Empire’s northwest Frontier with a walk along Antonine Wall. Constructed in 142 AD, it is undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring building projects in the history of Scotland. At around eight miles, a walk along the remnants of the wall takes around four and a half hours.
The landscape features ridges and crests which create a very visible barrier, allowing visitors to picture the presence of the wall as it was hundreds of years ago. The route is populated with museums, forts and castles, even housing a marina where visitors can relax at the Auchinstarry Boathouse restaurant while watching the barges sail along the canal.
Information on additional routes can be found on our pages dedicated to walking routes