Winter Walks in Lanarkshire
There is no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season than with a gentle stroll through Lanarkshire’s beautiful countryside.
To help visitors get out and enjoy the crisp winter air, we have identified some of the area’s most scenic walking routes.
One of many five star-accredited attractions in Lanarkshire, Chatelherault Country Park is the ideal place to stretch your legs.
Originally built in 1732 as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Hamilton, there are over 10 miles of walking routes along the River Avon and through the ancient woodlands – some of the oldest in the country.
Walkers are advised to keep their eyes peeled as they may be able to catch a glimpse of iconic Scottish wildlife such as roe deer, badgers and otters.
Chatelherault Country Park has a vast network of footpaths with routes to suit all ages and abilities, ensuring that everyone from the strongest hiker to the youngest child can enjoy a trip to the park.
Those who have been inspired to search for wildlife are encouraged to head to Baron Haugh Nature Reserve this winter. The change in seasonal conditions has brought with it host of new animals, such as wintering ducks and whooper swans. Visitors to the reserve should also be on the lookout for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying in large groups to keep warm.
The Nature Reserve comprises of over 100 hectares with the main pathway following the River Clyde and boasts some of Lanarkshire’s most spectacular wildlife
Comprised of the two smaller, John Hastie and George Allan parks, Strathaven is the perfect place for a family day out. Boasting acres of open spaces and rows of glorious flower beds, this is one of Lanarkshire’s most idyllic parks. It is also located in the heart of Strathaven Town centre, so visitors can warm up with a hot drink at one of the many local cafes.
In addition to the beautiful surroundings, the Park is home to a miniature railway, bowling green, children’s play area and boating pond, where kayaks, pedalos and rowing boats are available for hire. While these activities run during the winter months, they are weather dependent meaning that designated opening times are not guaranteed.
Calderglen Country Park is a four-star visitor attraction perfect for both young children and adults looking to make the most of the cold winter weather.
With over eight miles of nature trails snaking along a wooded glen, walkers are guaranteed to experience some stunning sights and can even make use of the designated picnic facilities. In addition to this, the park boasts a toddler play area, ornamental gardens and an 18-hole golf course.
If the Scottish winter weather is up to its usual tricks, Calderglen Country Park is home to an indoor zoo which houses over 50 different species of animal. The sanctuary specialises in small creatures such as monkeys, meerkats, ring-tailed coati, and snakes.
Additional information on Lanarkshire’s many walking routes can be found on our dedicated walking and cycling page.