Walk: Strathaven & Spectacle E'e

[Spectacle E'e falls]

The ruins of an old mill stand close to a waterfall on the Kype Water, just northwest of Sandford village (no relation to the setting for Hot Fuzz, but just as peaceful). Once upon a time, a local lad fell for the miller's daughter here. The miller disapproved of the romance and forbade the relationship. As revenge, the young male lover threw his eyeglass into the mill's thatch, which soon caught fire. The sorry tale destroyed the mill and christened the waterfalls - Spectacle E'e (or Eye) falls - which are impressive in spate. Starting in the historic market town of Strathaven has the disadvantage of a longish road walk to end the route but also the chance to visit the town's castle ruin - and the possibility of making this a post-pub walk.

[Strathaven Castle (not actually as impressive as it looks here)]

Name: Walk: Strathaven & Spectacle E'e ★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 100 metres
Points of interest: Strathaven; Strathaven Castle; Spectacle E'e mill and falls
Start / finish: Car park at Common Green, Strathaven town centre, G.R.: NS 702445 / wasps unite plotting

Route: Car park & Strathaven - Strathaven Castle - B7086 to G.R.: NS 708438 - bridge over Avon Water - Spectacle E'e mill and falls - Sandford - track to G.R.: NS 703431 - B7086 to start
Terrain: Paths are faint across farmland, slippery and rough by the Kype Water. Road section has a pavement.
Wildlife today: Bedraggled sheep and white geese around Sandford.
Weather today: Dry at the start with blue sky on the horizon, but heavy showers on the way back from Sandford.

Name: Strathaven Castle ☆☆☆
Description: Remains of the Hamilton family's local residence - most definitely a ruin, but quite impressive when seen from the town side.
Location: Stonehouse Road, Strathaven, G.R.: NS 703444 / vandalism formless ending
Open: Always
Cost: Free

[Bridge over Avon Water]

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)


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