3 Trips Thursday #44

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3 Trips Thursday

Another week, another 3 great trips to look over and get inspired from especially as we haven’t really had any sort of summer weather. Well not in Scotland at any rate. Fingers crossed it picks up. In the mean time, tuck in.

The Links

  1. Dooch Wood Dalliance
  2. The Yellow Hill.

  3. Meditations on a summer evening.

The same old; if you have a question, want more information or just want to start a conversation with me. You can find me on Twitter. Leave a comment below. Alternatively you can use the contact form and drop me and email.

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3 Trips Thursday #43

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3 Trips Thursday

Sorry this is late. A bit of a technical hitch, in that I forgot to schedule it and press publish. However, better late than never as they say. Hopefully still plenty of good links to get you motivated to go out and enjoy the outdoors and have some fun in this fine weather.

The Links

  1. High Cup Nick Guided Walk.
  2. Slaggan Bay.

  3. Arran Ridge Weekend. Caisteal Abhail, Ceum na Caillich (Witches Step) Revisited.

Thanks for reading. As always you can can catch me on Twitter. Send me an email from the contacts page or you can leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

3 Trips Thursday #42

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3 Trips Thursday.

This week we’ve got bothies and bikes, a short and sweet post with some stunning views and a cracking walk in the highlands. All well worth your effort of clicking through and giving them a good read. Have fun.

The Links.

  1. A Tale of Two Lodges.
  2. Ben Tianavaig.

  3. Stob Coire a’ Mhail – with no Devils.

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Dalzell Park

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Dalzell Park, the good, the bad and the beautiful.

I recently had the chance to go on a guided walk around Dalzell Park in Motherwell. The walk was run by The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) as part of their spring walks festival. It was an excellent morning out with two very knowledgable guides from North Lanarkshire’s Countryside Rangers. I really do wish I had taken better notes or recorded the information and stories told. I also wish I had taken more photographs but found it hard as I was too intent on listening and following someone else lead. However it did not take away from such a great time. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Below are some of my highlights from around the park and hopefully I’ve got most of right.
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Dalzell House.

Now a private residence after being sold on by the council a few years ago so we didn’t access to get a closer look at the court yard and the splendid terraced gardens. It’s an A listed building and has had most if not all it’s important heritage preserved. A castle or defensive structure has apparently been on the site since the 9th Century. What you see today is mix of construction phases. The oldest being the tower in the centre, this dates from the 14th/15th century. The next phase is to the right and was added in the late 17th century and the the final phase on left was added in the 18th century. It’s been around and has seen many a distinguished guest, most notably Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as well as William Gladstone.

No proper castle is complete without a ghost story well Dalzell House is a bit spoiled for choice as it can boast no fewer than 3 ghosts. A green lady, a white lady and a grey lady. Hopefully I remember the right details for each ghost. The grey lady is supposed a nurse from when the house was a hospital during to after the First World War. The green lady is  of oriental origins or descent as there whiff of oriental perfume when she’s about. Finally the white ghost was a maid servant who got herself into trouble and rather than face the consequences threw herself off the tower. All that might make you think twice about living in one of the luxury apartments.
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The Covenanter’s Oak.

Possibly the oldest living thing in North Lanarkshire. Supposedly planted by David I around 1450 and around the same time as the Cadzow oaks across the Clyde. It has seen better days and despite appearances is still going strong. It’s been braced and supported to keep it going hopefully for another 500 years. There’s a couple of different stories about the Covenanters, they either carried out sermons under great tree or sheltered below it. Either way the Hamilton’s of Dalzell at that time were supporters of the cause and ended up losing a lot of their lands because of it. Probably one of my favourite things in Dalzell Park just for it’s sheer majesty.

The Arboretum.

I’ll admit to being a big ignorant here. I thought and arboretum was a fancy greenhouse of sorts, oh how wrong was I. However as they say, you learn something new everyday. Well this was my new thing. An arboretum is basically a collection of trees. Yep, you’re not going to fit them in a greenhouse. This on in Dalzell Park has North American Sequoias, including one that they have managed to germinate from a cone using an oven. As Sequoias need raging forest fire to let their seeds drop. It also has many Yew trees more than I’ve seen in one garden. Maybe they were planting with zombie apocalypse in mind. Not just Scottish Yews either, they have specimens from all over the world. This is where it gets fuzzy with the tree stuff as the only other one I can remember is the Weeping Willow but there is lots of other trees. I promise. If trees are your thing go have a look.

The Phoenix Project.

Again I hope I get this correct on part of Dalzell Park, the Countryside Rangers and Phoenix Futures have been working on a project called Recovery through Nature. It’s all about helping people get rehabilitated and back on a even keel by helping out on nature projects. At Dalzell Park they’ve been working on clearing away rhododendron bushes and restoring some of the vistas the park had originally when the gardens were laid out. They also been involved in planting through out the park. Replacing trees and the like. Really worthwhile and great to hear about.
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The Listening Cave.

At the back of the house opposite the terraced gardens and across the Dalzell burn, I think it’s called that. There are a few that run through the park. You find just through the old bowling green, yes they had their own bowling green as well as a curling pond down by the Clyde and I’m sure one of the Rangers said a cricket pitch however I could be making that up. Anyway if you follow the path you’ll find the Listening Cave. Built to amplify the sound of the nearby waterfall and burn. I loved this. It was pretty cool. If you stood in a certain spot it felt like you were actually standing right next to the water. Step a little forward, backwards or either side and it was gone. Brilliant
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St Patrick’s Kirk.

The first christian site in Motherwell and home to the Hamiltons’ of Dalzell pet cemetery and mausoleum. The church no longer stands having fell into disrepair and ruin after being abandoned in the late 1700s. The graveyard however was used for many years after the church was left. The Hamiltons’ used the stone work from the ruined church for the mausoleum. Compared to the one down at the old palace grounds and Lord Belhaven’s just south along the Clyde this one is really understated. Bordering on the modest.

There’s been a lot of work carried out here by North Lanarkshire Council, CAVLP and the Phoenix Futures group to stabilise and rebuild the cemetery walls as well as protecting the mausoleum from vandalism. Next on the list is the graves and the yard themselves. Cleaning it up and fixing any headstones that can be. Also recording the names of those interred there for a local history project.
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Lord Gavin’s Temple.

Built for Lord Gavin Hamilton as a summer house it used to have a brilliant bright copper dome to crown it off. It allowed him to spend his time reading and smoking his cigars while watch over his wife’s grave down at the family mausoleum. He was either being very romantic or very scared that she would come back from the dead. Personally I hope he was being romantic.

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The Japanese Garden.

This has been moved two or three times. One of the original places was down between St Patrick’s well and Lord Gavin’s Temple. You can still see some of the traces there. The current Japanese garden has new pagodas. Not sure that’s the proper term. It’s been laid out to match the Buddha temple at Nagasaki. Well one of them was, not sure if it’s the current one or the original one. It’s full of oriental planting, Japanese Maples and rock gardens. It’s a really tranquil and beautiful place to wander round. In full bloom I think it will be stunning.

All in all it was a great morning’s walk. Full of information and wonder. If I get the chance and have the time I would definitely go on another guided walk and take better notes and more photographs!

You can look at the full set of photographs here on Flickr, Dalzell Park Photo Album.

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3 Trips Thursday #41

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3 Trips Thursday

Three absolutely cracking trips this week, in my opinion. A trip from the very south of Scotland to the very north of Scotland. Then a packraft walk from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast. Then finally something a little less ambitious but no less great, a brilliant even stroll up Mount Keen. All good stuff so get comfortable and get clicking.

The Links.

  1. Scottish Trail Report.
  2. Tops & Tailwinds – Coast to Coast via Scotland’s Highest Peaks.

  3. Keen for an evening stroll.

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3 Trips Thursday #40

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3 Trips Thursday.

The big four oh. 40 weeks going strong. Hopefully you’ll find something that you like in this weeks links. Plenty there for everyone.

The Links.

  1. In search of Scotland’s oldest pines.
  2. Ben Nevis… Still Winter!

  3. Ben A’an (Trossachs).

See something you like? Have a link to share? As always you can find me on Twitter, send me an email through the contact page or leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully see you back here next week and just a wee reminder that the Clyde and Avon Valleys Spring Walks Festival is happening this weekend, Friday through to Monday so there’s still plenty of time to get yourself booked on one of the guided walks.

3 Trips Thursday #39

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3 Trips Thursday.

A right good mixed bag this week, If I do say so myself. A couple with snow in and from some nice warm climes for those of you tired of the cold and snow. Get the tea on and the biscuits out. Start clicking and reading.

The Links.

  1. Carn Mor Dearg.
  2. Lycian Way with packraft.

  3. The Dodds from High Row.

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3 Trips Thursday #38

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3 Trips Thursday

Seriously couldn’t have worked that out if I had tried. Today is my birthday and I’m 38. Best not forget to put a lottery ticket on. Anyway back to the matter at hand. Three more links for your outdoor inspiration. Get comfortable and get clicking. As all was I think these are cracking trips and well worth a read.

The Links

  1. Stronelairg – 5 snowy days in the Monadhliath part 1.
  2. Something simple.
  3. Bute. West Island Way. Arran Ridge. Scotland in Springtime.

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3 Trips Thursday #37

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3 Trips Thursday.

Well we’ve had some crazy weather. Seems Spring has decided to lapse back into Winter. Sleet, Snow, lashing rain and cold winds. It really does not make for a good time in the outdoors. Hopefully the weather will get back on track towards summer soon. In the meantime why not get your planning hat and maybe pull some inspiration from the links below.

The Links.

  1. Lockerbie. Eskdalemuir Forest Trip. Bothy nights.
  2. Beinn Bhuidhe.

  3. Red & Black Cuillin – The Isle of Skye.

Hopefully you enjoyed those trips. There will be another 3 trips a long next week.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. If your local to the Clyde and Avon valleys then check this out, Clyde and Avon Valleys Spring Walks Festival.

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Clyde and Avon Valleys Spring Walks Festival

Clyde and Avon Valleys Spring Walks Festival.

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership are putting on a Spring walking festival from Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th May 2015. There’s loads of walks to do and something for every one.

Friday 22nd May

  • Discovering Castlebank Park, Lanark – 1pm
  • Bluebell Walk, Cleghorn Glen National Nature Reserve – 1pm and 3:30pm
  • A Walk in the Woods at New Lanark – 2pm

Saturday 23rd May

  • Restoring the Historic Landscape at Chatelherault – 10am
  • Ranger Guided Walk to the Falls of Clyde, Peregrine Watch Site – 1pm

Sunday 24th May

  • The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful at Dalzell Estate – 10am and 1:30pm
  • Kirkfieldbank Orchard Open Day – 2pm – 4pm

Monday 25th May

  • Lanark Health Walks – 1pm and 3pm

Tuesday 26th May

  • Spring Evening Walk at RSPB Baron’s Haugh – 7pm

The walks are free but booking is recommended. Click on the gallery below for more details.

You can read their official news release on there website or on go straight there with this link. Step Out for Clyde and Avon Valleys Spring Walks Festival. There you can click through and book yourself on one of the walks or you can use this link to go through to the booking page and sign right up.

I’ve booked myself on one of the walks on the Sunday so hopefully I’ll see you there.

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