Walk: Dalzell Estate - the Hamilton legacy

North Lanarkshire | Motherwell | Half day walk | ★★

[Dalzell Estate]

Dalzell Estate and Baron's Haugh form a peaceful, leafy barrier between Motherwell and the River Clyde. This former hunting ground was sold to the Hamilton family in 1647, who landscaped the grounds and dramatically extended Dalzell House into the mansion you can see today. Much of the attractive estate is woodland interspersed with steep-sided burns; follies, monuments and the family mausoleum and graveyard indicate the family's former wealth. Meanwhile, extensive wetland immediately to the west is an RSPB site known as Baron's Haugh: a popular overwintering and nesting habitat for ducks, geese and swans, kingfishers and lapwings, to name a few. Exploring both parts is a delightful way to spend a few hours, with our circuit taking in the main points of interest.

[View from Marsh Hide, RSPB Baron's Heugh]

📌 Walk: Dalzell Estate - the Hamilton legacy ★★
▶ 6 km / 4 miles | ▲ 70 metres
Features: RSPB Baron's Haugh & hides; River Clyde; Dalzell Estate (various sights - see route info)
Start / finish: Car park at RSPB Baron's Haugh, off Manse Road, a mile south of Motherwell town centre, G.R.: NS 755552 ///artist.shared.dishes

Route: Car park - Marsh Hide - Causeway Hide - Phoenix Hide - Centenary Hide - Chestnut Walk - Mausoleum & graveyard - St Patrick's Well - Lord Gavin's Temple - High Arch Bridge - The Listening Cave - cross Dalzell Burn at east end of estate - Dalzell House & Covenanters Oak - Sow Bridge - Japanese Garden - start. All sites marked on estate map here.
Terrain: Good paths or tracks throughout, occasional steep sections.
Wildlife today: Mute swans, Canada geese, mallards, coots, lots of birdsong, roe deer.
Weather today: Sunny intervals, generally becoming cloudier. Temperature climbing to mid teens.

[View of Dalzell House from The Listening Cave]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

More photos

[Slug food!]

[Dandelion seed head]

[View from Causeway Hide]

[View from Causeway Hide]

[River Clyde]

[River Clyde]

[River Clyde]

[Mausoleum & graveyard]

[St Patrick's Well]

[Lord Gavin's Temple]

[Woodland by the Dalzell Burn]

[Woodland path]

[Muirhouse tower blocks]

[Dalzell House]

[Covenanters Oak]

[Bench sculpture]


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