Uncover hidden stories with the CAVLP

Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) are launching an ambitious new archaeological project to uncover hidden stories in Lanarkshire - starting with Hoolet Row - and are looking volunteers.

Once a row of miners’ cottages, Hoolet Row was named after the owls that previously resided in the area. Indeed, with little trace of the structures left it is easy to miss the signpost to the site which is located in Chatelherault Country Park

As well as contributing to the study of the area’s local history, involvement in the project will see volunteers develop new found archeology skills such as how to read the landscape and look for new sites.

This particular venture, is being run as part of the CAVLP Heritage’s ‘Capturing the Past’ project, which aims to bring the industrial, cultural and horticultural history of the Clyde and Avon Valleys to life. Through the collection of old photographs, artifacts and recording of spoken word histories, the Partnership will be able to paint a picture of what life was like for the former residents of the area.

If you have any items or memorabilia from this old mining settlement, make sure to bring them along, as the team are excited to hear about any stories which relate to this area.

So dig out your tools and head on down the Chatelherault Country Park on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January!

The CAVLP will be running a variety of training events throughout January, February and March as part of the ‘Capturing the Past’ initiative.


Dates and Times

Saturday 23 January – volunteering program launch and archaeological survey

Chatelherault Country Park

10.30am – 3.30pm

Sunday 24 January – day of archaeological survey

Chatelherault Country Park

10.30am – 3.30pm

Families and children welcome

Sessions are FREE to attend 

Travel Information

The entrance to the country park is within the village of Ferniegair, 2.5 km south east of Hamilton on the A72 Hamilton, Larkhall/Lanark, Clyde Valley tourist route.

From the Visitor Centre, follow the Mineral Railway trail south, down Hoolet Row path on the east side of the river for 20 minutes, until reaching the riverside beaches. The site of Hoolet Row will be on your left, marked by a street sign.