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Bellshill gateway to Strathclyde Country Park and cycle facilities project

As part of the Strathclyde Park masterplan, the greenspace projects team have worked alongside stakeholders and the local community to improve a currently underused entrance to the park in the Bellshill area.

The new Bellshill Gateway now includes: 

  • cycling and wheeled sports facilities 
  • natural play  
  • nature trail 
  • biodiversity enhancements 
  • improved path links to Strathclyde Loch 
  • new car park off Motherwell Road

Construction began in July and the site was first open to the public in October 2022. For more information, email: greenspaceprojects@northlan.gov.uk

Pump track aerial

New pumptrack and jump-line

The pump track, beginners’ pump park, a jump line have sports lighting to support use on winter evenings.

There is also a Trials area and Mountain bike skills loop as well as two mountain bike trails in the woodland just across from the South Calder river.

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Cycling at Strathclyde Country Park

Natural play

The natural play trail includes a fun range of equipment laid out for adventurous play which takes advantage of the natural slopes on the site

Bellshill Gateway Cycle Facilities

Nature trail

The nature trail starts at the gateway site, crossing the South Calder river and taking in the woodland and grassland habitats of Strathclyde Park.

A fun, family walk which will take around 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, with interactive interpretation of the wildlife that calls Strathclyde Park home.

Why not try our Nature Trail Activity Pack as you make your way around.

Now the park can speak to you

The myEyes app developed by IKI Technologies gives visually impaired park users the opportunity to enjoy the nature trail experience with text-to-speech linked to satellite location data.

You can download the myEyes app from the Apple store. 

Bellshill Gateway Signage

Biodiversity enhancements

Youth climate change ambassadors have planted a small woodland and this, alongside hedgerow creation and improvement of the wildflower meadow helps ensure the project overall will improve the area for wildlife. 

Improved path links to Strathclyde loch

Path routes from Bellshill to the lochside area of Strathclyde Country Park have been upgraded, whether you prefer a riverside amble along the South Calder, or cycling on the Greenlink active travel route. New signage and waymarking has also been installed to help you keep your bearings.

New car park

Active travel links to the site are good and visitors are encouraged to walk and cycle. However, for those who require it, a car park including disabled parking has been created at the gateway site off the A721 Motherwell Road, to minimise impact on surrounding residential streets.

Thank you to our funders

We are delighted that Sport Scotland granted us £100,000 of funding to help develop the cycling facilities at Bellshill.

The cycling facilities fund has been made possible through a £4million commitment of capital funding from the Scottish Government and £4million of National Lottery funding from Sportscotland. This significant investment in infrastructure is being delivered through a partnership between Scottish Cycling and Sportscotland to ensure projects can have a lasting impact.

The sports lighting for this project has been part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Page last updated:
22 Jan 2024

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