Nature Reserve Hike


This afternoon, I am reprising a small group, six-mile hike through Cartland Craigs and Cleghorn Glen (valley) which form part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve near Lanark, about 27 miles S.E. of Glasgow, Scotland.

Information on the hike

The hike started and finished at Lanark with the route tracking the rivers Clyde and its tributary, the fast flowing, Mouse Water.

 Fairy wood carving at Fairy Dell, Lanark.

River Clyde at Lanark, Scotland.

Video clip of Mouse Water.


 Hiking alongside Mouse Water

Although light conditions were poor weather conditions were benign for time of year with mild temperatures and absence of precipitation.

We encountered:

  • A former mansion, Castlebank House.

  • High quality chainsaw carvings at Fairy Dell.


  • 17th century stone ‘packhorse bridge’ Mousemill Bridge

  • Fungi.

  • Unusual Jacob sheep with long horns.

  • Rural landscapes.


More information

For information on Scotland's extensive history,wildlife, geology, sightseeing and much more please refer to the publication Visitors’ Guide to Scotland, ISBN 978-1-9161332-0-4. This book is also available via Kindle.




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