Walk: Chatelherault - walk in le parc

[Green Bridge over the Avon Water]

This fairly lengthy circuit follows the rim of the gorge carved by the River Avon as it meanders through Chatelherault Country Park on the south side of Hamilton. Broad and thickly forested, the gorge is so deep that you can barely hear the river, let alone see it, except at the two points where you cross the water on long bridges. Elsewhere, views are instead typified by mixed woodland (deforested in places at the time of writing) and rolling farmland. So no drama here, but this is still a pleasant place to while away a few hours, and within easy reach of Scotland's larger cities. A bridge at the mid-point theoretically provides an option to shorten the route, but it's been closed due to landslips for years now, to the dismay of dog-walkers and joggers from miles around.

[Occasional glimpses down to the river from the top of the gorge]

Name: Walk: Chatelherault - walk in le parc ★★☆☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 180 metres
Points of interest: Chatelherault & country park; Cadzow Castle; Cadzow Oaks; Avon gorge & bridges
Start / finish: Chatelherault Country Park main car park, off A72 a mile south-east of Hamilton, G.R.: NS 738539 ///best.tried.hills

Route: Car park - Chatelherault hunting lodge - Duke's Bridge - Cadzow Castle - Cadzow Oaks - Green Bridge - return along east side of gorge
Terrain: Wide paths and tracks. Occasional mud, steep sections and steps, especially near Green Bridge.
Wildlife today: Buzzard and grey squirrels; sheep, cows and horses in adjacent fields. Blackberries and elderberries just starting to ripen.
Weather today: Sunny with light winds and temperatures in mid-teens.

>> see separate post for Cadzow Castle ★☆☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Chatelherault ★★☆☆☆

[Chatelherault]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

[First view along the gorge]

[Duke's Bridge]

[Cadzow Castle]

[Cadzow Oaks]

[West bank path]

[West bank path]

[West bank path]

[West bank path]

[View from Green Bridge]

[Ascent on the east side of the bridge]

[A closed bridge preventing a shorter circuit seems to be creating some frustration...]

[East bank path]

[View of Duke's Bridge on the return]

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