Hiking Group at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

This morning, I joined Eastwood Ramblers, a social hiking group for 5 mile/8km hike around a section  of the 500 acre Chatelherault Country Park, near Hamilton, South Lanarkshire in the West of Scotland.

This park has historic association with the Dukes of Hamilton, one of Scotland’s leading aristocratic families. In fact the name Chatelherault¬†is named after the French town of Chatellerault¬†as a consequence of the Duke of Hamilton holding the title Duc de Chatellerault.

Due to heavy rainfall of late the trail was heavily waterlogged in places. However, we still completed the hike along a route which entailed a wide variety of historical sites, natural features, flora and even some public art, viz:

  • Site of Iron-Age earthworks, approximately 2000 years old.
  • Ruins of 16th century, Cadzow¬†Castle which was built for the Hamiltons.
  • 18th century Chatelherault Hunting Lodge built by the 5th Duke of Hamilton to a design by William Adam, then Scotland’s leading architect.
  • A meadow of ancient oak trees¬†which dates back, possibly, 500 years.
  • Artistic carvings on a felled tree.
  • The Avon Water ( river) in full spate.
  • Various type of fungi.
  • An unusual accumulation of tree sap.

Waterlogged Hiking Trail at Chatelherault Country Park

Iron-Age Earthworks and Cadzow Oaks at Chatelherault Country Park

Cadzow Castle at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

Chatelherault Hunting Lodge, Hamilton, Scotland

Here is a video clip of Hamilton and the Glasgow conurbation taken from vantage point of the Hunting Lodge. Note snow capped hills in distance.

Ancient Oak Trees at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

Public Art at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

Here is a video clip of the Avon Water ( river) at Green Bridge, Chatelherault Country Park-

Avon Water at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

Fungi at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

Tree sap at Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland

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