Walk: Calderglen - rotten rapids & hidden waterfalls

South Lanarkshire | East Kilbride | Half day walk | ★★★

[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 ironstone bedrock, or perhaps the rusty colour of the water running over it. This walk is all about the journey (past several attractive waterfalls, although views of the most dramatic ones are obstructed by vegetation) rather than the destination; the former site of Calderwood Castle at the end appears just to be 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! Don't miss the small, friendly zoo at the start.

[Rotten Calder (27/4/18)]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Calderglen - rotten rapids & hidden waterfalls ★★★
Start / finish at Torrance House, Calderglen Country Park, off A726 1 mi southeast of East Kilbride town centre, G.R.: NS 654526 ///prominent.sounding.spout
🚌 On or near High Common Road (0.5 mi) | 🚗 Car park

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 90 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Calderglen Zoo and Conservatory ★★★; various waterfalls on the Rotten Calder
Moderate | Clear forest paths with some mud and lots of steep steps, and some diversions around landslides.

Route: Start - Calderglen Zoo and Conservatory - Torrance Linn - Kingfisher Bridge by west bank - Newhousemill Road bridge by east bank - Trough Linn by west bank - Black Linn - Castle Falls - site of Calderwood Castle - return by outward route. Route intermittently waymarked by red castle symbols.

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On our visit

Wildlife: Robins and other woodland birds, ripe blackberries.
Weather: Cloudy but dry, about 12°C.

Chronological photo guide

[Torrance House near the start (27/4/18)]

[Sculpture (27/4/18)]

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

[Rotten Calder (27/4/18)]

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

[Side of Calderwood Castle]


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