Caldercruix Countryside & Nature Park

Caldercruix Countryside and Nature Park was Established in 1996 with land leased from British Waterways and Alexandria Industrial Estates and with funding from North Lanarkshire Council and Wisestart and with the support of many other organisations.

There is now a play area for children, upgraded paths to explore and artworks celebrating the history and wildlife of the area. The park consists of grassland and woodlands. Amongst these grasses grow a variety of wildflowers, including the common spotted orchid. Wild flowers are also a feature of the nearby bog, also rich in mosses, heathers and lichens.

There is also a lochside cafe which is part of Airdrie and District Angling Club.

Hillend Loch

Monklands Sailing Club is located on the south west shore of Hillend Loch, in Caldercruix Countryside and Nature Park. The sailing club welcomes visitors and has been sailing at Hillend Loch since 1958.  Contact 01236 428184 for more information on the sailing club.

Hillend Loch is one of Scotland's premier trout fishing locations and is stocked and managed by Airdrie and District Angling Club.  Call 01236 843611 for more information on membership.

The park is home to a number of birds including the lovable blue tit, chaffinches and warblers. You can also expect to see a wagtail, dipper or heron along the river. On Hillend reservoir ducks and geese are seasonal visitors between the months of October and April.

Tel: 01236 843503

Location: ML6

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