Hiking through the South Lanarkshire landscape.

This evening, I am posting information on today’s small group hike along a linear route following the River Avon from its confluence with the River Clyde, into Chatelherault Country Park, then high above the river and on down to Millheugh Bridge finishing at Larkhall Railway Station.

Location near Hamilton in central Scotland, about fifteen miles S.E. of Glasgow.

The hike was undertaken in dry conditions although visibility was average.

As the images illustrate, the hikers encountered giant rhubarb, River Avon, lush green landscapes, grasses, poppies, historic building, wild cherries and even statues of African mammals.



Lush, green landscape

Wild cherries.

Giant Rhubarb, an invasive pest.

River Avon

Chatelherault,below,  originated as a hunting lodge and summer-house in 1732. It was built for the Dukes of Hamilton who engaged the services of leading Scottish architect, William Adam for the project. Positioned with a high elevation is was originally at the end of a grand avenue of trees which ran from Hamilton Palace . Due to subsidence the Palace was demolished but Chatelherault survived and benefited from extensive restoration between 1979 and 1987.


Formal garden at Chatelherault

View from Chatelherault


Weir in River Avon