Biggar, Hillridge and Langlees
Distance: 4 ½ miles Time: 1 ½ - 2 hours
Terrain: footpaths, farms roads and quiet back roads
Start/finish: Corn Exchange, High Street, Biggar
Transport: Train – Lanark railway station 12 ½ miles. Bus – regular bus service between Lanark Interchange and Biggar. Daily service from Edinburgh.
This walk explores the gentle rolling farmland to the north of Biggar. Wander along country lanes overhung with beech trees and lined with Hawthorne. Refreshment: Biggar is well served by tearooms, pubs and restaurants.
Be sure to look back from time to time to take in the terrific views of the Southern Upland hills rising steeply on the far side of Biggar.
Points of interest around Biggar, Hillridge and Langlees
1. Bigger and Upper Clydesdale Museum.
2. St Mary’s church – built in 1545 it was the last collegiate church in Scotland built before the Reformation.
4. Little Mitchell Wood – a woodland and wildlife walk that provides a pleasant detour.
5. Cadger’s Brig - the legend is that William Wallace entered Biggar to spy on the English before the battle of Biggar disguised as a beggar (cadger).
6. Gasworks Museum – the last remaining gasworks in Scotland. Opened in 1839.
The Biggar Walking Route
From the Corn Exchange cross High Street at the pedestrian crossing and turn left.
Follow High Street and then Kirkstyle off to the right.
Take care crossing road to heritage centre and from there go downhill into the park.
Cross the stream and continue straight on. Follow narrow road away from Biggar to Hillridge farm.
At Hillridge follow signs for Springfield 600 m, Biggar 2.5 km.
Continue through gate and follow ditch across field. Go through gate and step over stream. Follow the ditch to farm road.
Turning left join the farm road. Continue past Springfield.
Follow farm road downhill and round to the right at large house.
Follow road to the left and continue to junction with Lindsaylands Road. Turn left and follow road into Biggar.
Turn right onto The Wynd and go downhill to cross Cadger’s Brig. Return to start on High Street.
If you enjoyed this route why not try the nearby New Lanark and Falls of Clyde.
Location: ML12 6DH