Extending east and south from the metropolis of Glasgow, Lanarkshire includes sprawling satellite towns such as Motherwell, Hamilton, Coatbridge and Airdie. Nonetheless, there are still opportunities to walk here, whether in the numerous country parks on the fringes of the urban - such as Chatelherault, Strathclyde Loch or Calderglen, or up the upper valley of the Clyde. The river itself can be traced upstream on the Clyde Walkway which leads through nature reserves and past waterfalls up to the old county town of Lanark.

New Lanark - set just below the town by the river - is an industrial model village and now a World Heritage Site, as well as jumping off point for the popular walk to the Falls of Clyde. Beyond Lanark the landscape becomes ever more rural and hillier, culminating in the popular hillwalk of Tinto - a fine viewpoint over the whole region.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Strathaven, Sandford and Spectacle E'e falls grade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Dalzell Estate and Baron's Haugh, near Motherwell grade5.25km 1.5 hours
Strathclyde Loch, Motherwell grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Falls of Clyde and New Lanark grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Douglas Explorer, Douglas grade6km 1.5 hours
Calderwood Trail, Calderglen, East Kilbride grade8km 3 - 3.5 hours
Chatelherault Country Park, near Hamilton gradegrade7.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Tinto from the north gradegradegrade7km 2 - 2.5 hours
Tinto from Wiston Lodge gradegradegradegrade6km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Culter Fell circular, near Biggar gradegradegradegrade18.5km 5 - 6.5 hours
Forth & Clyde and Union Canals towpath 101km 6 stages
The Clyde Walkway 63km 5 Stages
The John Muir Way 212km 10 stages
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

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