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Make Your Way to Chatelherault

Access routes from Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter to Chatelherault Country Park.

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    Range of paved roads and rougher tracks. Predominantly flat or gentle inclines.

Make Your Way to Chatelherault Country Park along access routes from Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter.

These digital trails are an opportunity to explore routes into the park online, and then to go out and wander in the beauty of Chatelherault for yourself. The routes open into all that the park has to offer, including stunning views, woodland trails, historic sites and a range of leisure opportunities such as cycling, walking and playing.

This digital element compliments printed maps showcasing the six routes, alongside new signage and seating developed in collaboration with artists, schools, historians, walking groups, ecologists and families. Find out more about the artists’ work by clicking the links under 'Related Links', view the trail below or download and print your own map by clicking the link under 'Other Resources'.


Total distance: 1km            Cycle time: 5 minutes            Walk time: 15 minutes

Starting at Carlisle Road, east of Hamilton town centre - take a short stroll up historic Barncluith Road, passing the Duke’s Monument. The park is entered via stunning view points over the Avon Gorge. This route follows a gentle steady incline along paved road with benches at the top of the hill.


Total distance: 1.4km            Cycle time: 6 minutes            Walk time: 20 minutes

Beginning on quiet footpaths through South Haugh, formerly part of the designed landscape around Hamilton Palace, now a beautiful place for nature and people. The route crosses the river at the Old Avon Bridge, from which there are two different entrances into the park. The route is flat and on surfaced footpaths.

QUARTER - CHATELHERAULT : Sunnyside Road Route

Total distance: 2.4km            Cycle time: 10 minutes            Walk time: 35 minutes

From Limekilnburn Road, go down Sunnyside Road and catch the views across the fields to nearby sites where the rows of turfed miners’ cottages once stood: Divoty Row and Laigh Quarter. Join up to the Millheugh Route, just past West Sunnyside Equestrian Centre, at the sheltered path into the park. This route runs along mainly flat, paved road. 


Total distance:  2km        Cycle time: 8 minutes            Walk time: 30 minutes

Leaving Larkhall or Merryton this route follows the Carlisle road alongside the Duke's Dyke, former boundary wall for the Duke of Hamilton's Estate, entering the park via the main entrance towards the visitor centre. It runs along part of the National Cycle Route 74, and is a flat route on surfaced pavement.


Total distance: 1.1km            Cycle time: 5 minutes           Walk time: 16 minutes

A quick walk from Merryton, down Carlisle Road, then a left down this small farm road towards Fairholm. Entering the park over the Green Bridge at ‘Mary Hoses’, the former river where Mary Queen of Scots fell and got her stockings wet. Along surfaced road, then steady hill down to the bridge. Unpaved track on entering the park. 


Total distance: 1.2km            Cycle time: 2 minutes            Walk time: 8 minutes

From Millheugh and Morgan Glen take the footpath down by the river then up a climb along Sunnyside Road. A right at the junction goes along a tree sheltered path to the park. Going along paved surfaces, this is an alternative route to the stepped footpath, though  steep in parts and can be slippy.

Make Your Way connects communities in Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter with Chatelherault Country Park. It is supported by The Scottish Government, Paths for All and Transport Scotland Smarter Choices Smarter Places grant, and South Lanarkshire Council LEADER and Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland supported Clyde and Avon Valley - CAVLP. 

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