North Calder Heritage trail walk and cycle route

The North Calder Heritage Trail is a partnership project involving North Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Central Scotland Countryside Trust and Lanarkshire Development Agency

This 16km long route can be walked in 4-5 hours. You can use public transport to get back to the start, or alternatively there are car parks along the route from where you can start circular walks. Some sections have relatively steep gradients, whilst others, such as the section between Airdrie and Caldercruix, are more gentle.SMARTways logo

The Trail starts at Summerlee Heritage Park in Coatbridge, Scotland's noisiest museum! From Coatbridge the route follows the Monklands Canal. Gone are the days when the Canal was a vital industrial artery. Today the remaining sections support a wealth of wildlife including brown trout, pike, swans, coots and herons.

North Calder Heritage Trail Sign In 1770 James Watt, the famous engineer, began work on the Monkland Canal. It was completed in 1794, enabling cheap coal from the Monklands collieries to be taken to Glasgow.

In 1797 the Monklands Iron and Steel Works was established in Calderbank and in 1819 Scotland's first iron boat, the Vulcan, was built at the works and launched at Faskine. In the late 1880's it became the first purpose built steel works in Scotland, producing steel for the great ships built on the Clyde. In 1930 the works finally closed, and by 1935 the last coal shipment had passed along the Canal.

Beyond the Canal at Calderbank the Trail follows the wooded North Calder Valley. From Airdrie, the Trail follows National Cycle Route 75. The Trail ends at Hillend Reservoir, a haven for migratory birds and one of the finest angling lochs in Central Scotland.

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This route is detailed on the SMARTways map page.

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