Summerlee to Drumgelloch
Using part of the Glasgow/Edinburgh National Cycle Network 75, this route begins at Summerlee Industrial Museumand finishes at Drumgelloch railway station - handy for the next train back near to the start point, if you prefered not to retrace the route back to Coatbridge
• Route map: OS Explorer 343
• Start/finish point: Start: Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Heritage
• Finish: Drumgelloch railway station - or you can retrace the route back to Summerlee
• Transport: Train: Coatdyke, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Drumgelloch
• Refreshment: Summerlee museum café - 01236 638460
• Distance: 4 miles.
• Time: Around one hour.
• Difficulty: Easy
• Terrain: Quiet residential streets and cycle paths.
Route: From Summerlee museum, go towards Coatbridge town centre on Heritage Way. At the T-junction turn right and once under the bridge continue for a further 100 yards. Turn left to enter the park that now occupies the Bank Street basin and follow the lower back under the railway bridge.Go up the ramp and cross road at pedestrian crossing. Go to the left and follow NCN 75 signs to the right past Reilly's. Go round to the left at the police station. NCN then goes right. Continue up ramp and follow road past Coatbridge health centre. Cross the road at Tesco Extra to follow NCN 75 signed for Edinburgh, Airdrie and Caldercruix. Follow NCN to the right and over dual carriageway on footbridge.
On the far side go to the left and rejoin the canal. Emerge at Locks Street. Turn right towards the railway bridge and then turn right again before you reach the railway bridge and go uphill. At the top turn left and join railway path. Continue straight on when NCN goes to the right. Cycle path eventually starts to climb in a series of looping bends. At the top go off to the left signed for Drumgelloch and Plains. Keep left to follow NCN signs painted into tarmac surface. Cycle path then follows residential street. Go in the direction of the community centre and pass the building to the right. Continue along path by blue fence. Follow a further path through barriers and then go down lane to emerge at Burns Stewart distillers. Turn left and continue to pedestrian crossing. Cross road and on far side take up Craigneuk Avenue and follow road past football stadium.
At the top of Craigneuk Avenue (at shops) go to the right and then follow road round to the left. Go straight over at crossroads on to Torrance Avenue. At the end of Torrance Avenue go uphill on tarmac path. At the top go to the left and follow street to dead end opposite Wester Moffat Hospital. Turn left and continue over railway bridge. Take first left opposite play park and continue downhill to Drumgelloch station.
NCN 75has been displaced for the time being by the newly reopened Airdrie to Bathgate railway line. In the near future it will be possible to continue to Caldercruix station and from there on to Edinburgh.
Points of interest
Summerlee Museum - based around the site of the Summerlee ironworks it vividly recreates Lanarkshire's industrial past. There is a tram to ride on, working steam engines and hundreds of exhibits that relate the human story. Free entry; open daily (excludes xmas and new year public holidays)
• Monklands Canal - Is joined firstly at the now filled-in Bank Street basin where bold art installations evoke memories of the area's iron, coal and steel industries and the important role of the canal. Later the route rejoins the James Watt-designed canal to follow the old quays and goes under the old iron bridges that remain in place.