Forth, Wilsontown and Braehead Cycle Route


Demanding in places, for the most part this route follows delightful country lanes around classic rural landscapes. Look out for the roadside memorials that reveal a surprising side to this part of Lanarkshire.

The surprises continue on the Forth route. Few people are aware of Wilsontown ans its trail blazing iron foundry or the sleepy hamlets of Haywood and Auchengray that occupy this forgotten corner.


Forth, Wilsontown and Braehead Cycle Route


Map: OS Landranger 72
Start/Finish: St Paul’s Parish Church, Main Street, Forth.
Transport: Train: Lanark (8 miles); Shotts (7 miles)
Refreshment: The Last Shift Inn, Braehead, 01555 821700
Distance: 12 1/2 miles
Time: 1 ½ - 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Quiet back roads rough in places


Points of Interest near Forth, South Lanarkshire

1. Wilsontown Iron Foundry – founded in 1812 were the first iron works in Lanarkshire and only the second in Scotland. There are a series of walks that explore what remains of the foundry.
2. Auchengray – The distinctive village church is modelled on a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt.


The Route
 

  • From the St Paul’s Parish Church Main St go to the left – downhill – and take the first left into Manse Road. Follow Manse Road out of Forth to T-junction at church. Turn left and then after short distance turn right signed for Auchengray. Follow road downhill through Wilsontown and the round to left.
  • Follow road through Haywood following signs for Auchengray 2 ½.
  • Steep climb into Auchengray. Turn right at T-junction past village square. Leave Auchengray on the downhill and follow road round to the right and over the level crossing.
  • Follow long straight road to T-junction at Eastshield Farm. Turn right signed for Forth 3. Climb into Braehead. Continue through Braehead and descend past first left – Bog Road – and continue in the direction of Auchengray.
  • At bungalows take next left for fond. Descend into ford or use bridge in flood and climb into Forth. At T-junction turn left into Manse Rd and return to start.


Take the Lanark, Tinto and Covington Cycle Route to explore more of what Lanarkand Forth have to offer.

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