Stage Three

Strathclyde Park

From the Watersports Centre follow the path under the bridge carrying the A723 Motherwell/Hamilton road over the Clyde near its junction with the Avon. The Walkway continues along the north bank, under the Airbles Viaduct which carries the Motherwell /Hamilton railway over the river, and on to Baron's Haugh Nature Reserve where it follows the riverbank round the edge of the reserve, giving access to hides from where wildlife may be observed. Beyond the Reserve, the Walkway enters an avenue of mature trees leading to Adders' Gill, where water was extracted from the river to supply some of Motherwell's former steelworks. There is next a short “informal” stretch along the river bank until just past Lower Carbarns Farm, where the walk meets a concrete farm road which it follows, giving views of the now derelict Cambusnethan House, built in 1820 on the site of the former summer residence of the Bishops of Glasgow. The farm road continues to Highmainshead Wood. Follow the path by the burn and through the wood then turn right onto a track which takes you to the A71 above Garrion. Turn downhill and take the B7011 on the left, a short distance to Cardies Bridge where the Walkway is again signposted to take you through Mauldslie Wood and down to Mauldslie bridge at the A72. and the Hamilton/Lanark bus service

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