Newly improved trails at Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves in Clyde Valley

Walkers are welcome to enjoy the improvements at the Reserve

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Date posted: Monday, 02 July 2018

Walkers are now welcome to enjoy a number of improvements at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s reserves within the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve.

Resurfaced paths and new interpretation at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve on the edge of New Lanark will give easier access to the area’s spectacular views and provide new information on its nature and history.

Panel at Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

Another part of the nationally important woodlands, Nethan Gorge Wildlife Reserve, has also seen new information panels at Upper Nethan, near Kirkmuirhill, and at the new viewpoint at Lower Nethan Wildlife Reserve near Craignethan Castle.

Panel at Lower Nethan Gorge Wildlife Reserve


These improvements have been funded through the Suez Community Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund and South Lanarkshire LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP).

The Clyde Valley reserves are renowned for their ancient woodlands and incredible scenery and the access improvements and information panels offer visitors the chance to learn about the wildlife and history of these special places too.

Steve Blow, Reserve Manager said: “Re-surfacing the paths using recycled stone helps maintain the Falls of Clyde as one of the best places to visit and explore in Scotland. The new information panels give everyone hints on what to look out for and why these places have become such fantastic havens for wildlife.

“The view of Nethan Gorge from the new viewpoint is amazing, especially when you think that 100 years ago there was a busy coal mine at the foot of the steep slopes that have since been reclaimed by woodland.”

Kirsten Robb, Manager at CAVLP, commented: “These woods are a brilliant day out at any time of year but these recent improvements will ensure people get more out of their summer walking trips.

“These works come fast on the back of a new ‘Tracks and Signs’ trail at Falls of Clyde which will have children and adults alike becoming wildlife detectives for the day.” 

To find out more about the new ‘Tracks and Signs’ trail follow the link here

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