Walk: Calderglen - rotten rapids & hidden waterfalls

[The walk passes about a dozen waterfalls - most taller than this one, but often with obscured views]

Cuddling up against suburban East Kilbride, Calderglen is a surprisingly peaceful glen through which the unsavoury-sounding Rotten Calder flows - the name actually referring to the rusty colour of the water after passing over the ironstone bedrock. This walk is all about the journey (past several attractive waterfalls, although views of the most dramatic ones are obstructed by vegetation) than the destination: the former site of Calderwood Castle at the end is just a forlorn mass of weeds. Mostly wooded, this is a useful bad weather alternative to a more ambitious walk - and thanks to numerous steps, probably nearly as tiring!

[The path along the Rotten Calder is unexpectedly hilly, with lots of steps]

Name: Walk: Calderglen - rotten rapids & hidden waterfalls ★☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 90 metres
Points of interest: Calderglen Zoo & Conservatory; various waterfalls on the Rotten Calder
Start / finish: Main car park at Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride, G.R.: NS 654526 / prominent sounding spout

Route: Car park - Torrance Linn - Kingfisher Bridge by west bank - Newhousemill Road bridge by east bank - Trough Linn by west bank - Black Linn - Castle Falls - site of Calderglen Castle - return by outward route. Waymarked intermittently by red castle symbols. Route may be blocked by landslides at the moment.
Terrain: Clear forest paths with some mud and lots of steep steps.
Wildlife today: Robins and other woodland birds, ripe blackberries.
Weather today: Cloudy but dry, about 12°C.

Name: Calderglen Zoo & Conservatory ★☆☆
Description: Tropical glasshouse and adjacent grounds containing over 50 small animal species, many critically endangered: only small, but for the small admission fee well worth it.
Location: Next to the main car park, Calderglen Country Park, G.R.: NS 654527 / shrub dignify empty
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £1.40 (adults), 50p (children)

[Burrowing Owl at Calderglen Zoo]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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