Make Your Way Glassford
Round the Yards, Round the White'll, Round the Newark, Round the Stanes, Round the Kittymuir and Round the Burnside, with links to National Cycle Route 74 and the Avon Water.
Terrain: All on pavements or sections of quiet single track roads, keep alert to passing traffic, suitable for walking and cycling.
Make Your Way in Glassford on Round the Yards, Round the White'll, Round the Newark, Round the Stanes, Round the Kittymuir and Round the Burnside. The Make Your Way digital trails can give you the opportunity to explore your local area online, and then go out and find all the details and beauty of the Clyde and Avon Valley for yourself. Take these trails as inspiration, then get out there and enjoy them in the sun, wind, rain and cloud, all year round.
Explore local heritage as well by finding the numbered Heritage Points in the MYW maps, some of which are referred to in the descriptions below. The trails feature unique signage created by designers Martin Campbell and Zoe Pearson, with information researched by Ewan Allinson. Have a look at the Make Your Way Glassford map to identify the sites of the different installations, pictured below. More information on interpretation informing the signage can be found under 'Other Resources'.
Download and print paper maps by clicking the links under ''Other Resources'.
Round the White'll
Total distance: 2.5km
Rural walk suitable for all weather with outstanding views through the surrounding countryside and and Avon Valley, connecting into hidden and significant points of heritage such as the Glassford Stones. The name comes from the surrounding White Hill area and White Hill farm, both identifiable on Ordnance Survey Maps from the late 19th Century.
1. Start at Glassford village centre - historically known as 'The Lawn'.
2. Walk down Hunterlees Road towards Muirburn Road.
3. Turn right at the junction of Hunterlees and Muirburn Roads.
4. Continue on Muirburn Road to the graveyard.
5. Explore the graveyard.
6. Consider this Energy Landscape.
7. The first left on Muirburn Road, about halfway down, offers a link to the 'Love and Landscape Trail'
8. Carry on to the junction of Muirburn Road and Alston Street.
9. Take the challenge of walking up the steeper, and longer second Borlands.
10. Stop at the top of the Second Borlands to take in the view.
11. Head back along Alston Street to return to Glassford village centre.
Round the Yards
Total distance: 1.8km
Safe, walkable journeys through the neighbourhoods, to and from friends' houses, through the heart of Glassford's Conservation Area and historic High Sreet.
1. Start at Glassford village centre and walk down Alston Street towards Glassford Primary.
2. Before reaching the school, take a right up a rough track that leads to Millar Street.
This track passes the remains of Nichol’s Well (Heritage Point 4) and the site of Bog Well (Heritage Point 7). Here you can see pupils at Glassford Primary walking up the track, shouldering some Make Your Way periscopes.
3. On Millar Street go right, back towards the Village centre, passing through the weavers’ cottages on both sides.
This street was the centre of Glassford in 1835. The census reads that there were 59 heads of families employed in various professions. This included: 31 weavers, 19 labourers, 1 tailor, 2 blacksmiths, a postman, a baker, a grocer, a teacher, a mason and a quarrier.
4. Go along Larkhall Road. Take a left up Druid Street, then another left along Kirkstyle Place. Go right, towards the play park then loop around and head back down Druid Street.
At the play park you can take in the great views across the playing field.
Round the Newark
Total distance: 3.5km
A local trail going out of the village centre through Glassford’s conservation area, through heritage quarry sites to panoramic views of Glassford’s modern energy landscape. It shows the progression of this village coming from coal industries to embracing new advances in energy.
1. Start at Glassford village centre, historically known as 'The Lawn'.
2. Explore the details of the village centre.
During the Make Your Way project, pupils at Glassford Primary School explored the village, making notes and drawings like this one of Glassford Parish Church, built 1820.
3. Head down Millar Street, turning right as you leave the village, along the path to Haggs Farm.
Along Millar Street (Heritage Point 5) are historic weavers' cottages. This was the site of the former centre of the village in 1835.
4. The path from Millar Street follows round Haggs Farm, crossing Station Road for a five minute walk before taking a right toward the Heads, and looping back to Station Road then the village centre.
This takes up the largest section of the walk and will take 30-40 minutes to complete. The path passes by former quarry sites shown on an Ordnance Survey Map of 1858 (Heritage Points 2 and 3). The trail takes you out towards an area long known as the Heads before coming back down to Station Road and Glassford Village Centre.
5. Finally, return to the village centre.
Glassford Public Hall (1885) is a key meeting point, with the village centre connecting all of these walks.
Round the Stanes
Total distance: 5.5km
An ambitious adventure route into the Avon Valley through fields, woodland and along the river. Discover stunning views and special historic points in the landscape with their own social and romantic histories. Keep a look out for the new stiles, signage, bench and gate along this route.
1. Start at the juncture of Alston Street and Muirburn Road.
2. Walk along Alston Street and take the first left down a rough track.
3. Follow this track passing between the site of an old tunnel entrance in the direction of Glassford on the left, and the Muirburn House ruins on the right.
4. From Muirburn Road, loop back past the Alston Street junction. Take a right down a gravel road towards Avonholm House.
5. Take the path between farm buildings and follow it around and outside the grounds of Avonholm House.
6. The bend of the river leads to the Horse Pool. Head straight up the hill from the Horse Pool, taking a right at the top to get to the 'Three Stanes'.
7. Explore this site where love meets landscape. The Three Stones sit next to the burial place of James and Julia Struthers.
8. Cross over a stile and follow the path beside the small stretch of woodland, taking a left back down towards the gravel path to Muirburn Road.
Round the Burnside
Total distance: 1.5km
A local trail which takes you through the heritage site of Glassford Castle and past Halhill House along peaceful single track roads. The trail runs beside Priest's Burn.
1. Start at Glassford village centre and walk up Larkhall Road.
2. Follow Larkhall Road into Craigthornhill Road then take a right down Muirburn Road.
3. Walking down to Hunterlees Road, you will pass Hallhill House on your right. Hunterlees links back up to Glassford village centre after 5-10 minutes.
Make Your Way was an arts, heritage and active travel project focussing on the communities of Carluke, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse, 2016-17. The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and Smarter Choices Smarter Places grant, and delivered by icecream architecture and SYSTRA.