Make Your Way Carluke
The Bounds, Jeely and Mill Trails, with links to the Clyde Walkway.
Terrain: Mix of pavements on quieter streets, roughly surfaced off-road pathways through woodland and some grassy or unsurfaced footpaths. Wellies needed for some paths in wet weather. Also many suitable cycling routes.
Make Your Way in Carluke along the Jeely, Mill and Bounds Trails. 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. The Carluke trails take in beautiful woodland, secluded walks, waterways and sudden breath taking landscapes. Through side lanes, rough tracks and woodland ways, there are great range of walks.
Explore points of heritage using the numbered Heritage Points in the MYW maps, referenced in the descriptions below.
Download and print paper maps by clicking the links under 'Related Resources'.
The Bounds Trail
This ambitious trail takes in the outlying areas of Carluke, connecting to community links including walks to Law and Mauldslie Bridge, to the Clyde Walkway and to Braidwood and Nemphlar Moor Road.
1. Start at Carluke Train Station and head up the rough path parallel to the train line, running behind the houses on Whiteshaw Avenue.
2. Go right onto Headsmuir Avenue to connect onto the Mauldslie Road.
Many of the street names in this area are taken from former local farms. For example, Whiteshaw farm was once nearby (Heritage Point 5).
3. Head right to follow the trail along Clyde Street, into Clyde Crescent and then a connecting path to Avon Avenue. Go straight ahead to link to Caledonia Gardens and Holm Street.
Local Carluke residents remember tomato growing glass houses (Heritage Point 10) along Holm Street (pictured) and elsewhere across Carluke. This reflects the rich production heritage of the town.
4. From Holm Street, carry on straight ahead to Stewart Street, take a right and then the first left to walk along Burn Road to Escart Road.
An alternative walk from Holm Street, going left up between houses, takes you to the Old Wishaw Road (Heritage Point 11) and the site of Weighhouse Row, former mining cottages (Heritage Point 12).
5. A 5-10 minute walk from Escart Road will find you in Moor Park.
On this stretch of the trail, walking to the park, you will pass the Castlehill Bowling Club, built in 1926 by miners from the Castlehill Colliery (Heritage Point 39).
6. Have a wander round Moor Park, officially named King George's Field.
These playing fields were formed all over the UK in memory of George V who died in 1936. Look out for the heraldic panels in stone at the entrance to the field: typically, the Lion panel is fixed on the left and the Unicorn panel on the right; however, in Scotland the opposite is compulsory, with the Unicorn wearing the crown*. The Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland despite its mythological routes. *Many thanks to the Carluke Parish Historical Society for this information.
7. From the park, link to Moorside Street and Woodend Road, then take a left up this wooded lane.
This was once a popular site for horse riding, with the Tao Ha Riding school nearby. The school was owned by Roy Russell who had been a Prisoner of War in Japan.
8. Take a right through the woods towards John Cumming Stadium and Carluke Leisure Centre.
Heading right, up the Carnwath Road, you can connect to the Mill Trail and to Jock’s Burn. From the leisure centre, it is a 10-20 minute walk through the Burn.
9. Stroll through Jock’s Burn towards Crawforddyke Park.
During the Make Your Way project pupils from Crawforddyke Primary did lots of exploring around the Burn, including photography and the creation of their own mythical creatures in the woods.
10. After the park, walk down Glenafeoch Road towards Wilton Road.
The walk along Glenafeoch Road will take you past three streets named for Carluke’s VCs: Angus Road, Caldwell Road and Cameron Road. These three roads run into Ramage Road, named for the much decorated Arthur Ramage.
11. Reaching Wilton Road loop past the cemetery and round the housing estate. From this loop you can connect to Community Links walks.
As you walk along Goremire Road to Community Links to Braidwood, look for a farmhouse amongst the modern buildings. Gallahill or Gallowhill Farm is named after the Gallow Hill of the ancient Burgh of Barony of Braidwood.
The Jeely Trail
Total distance: 3.9Km
Quiet urban journeys with stunning views of surrounding landscape, interesting heritage connections between former fruit growing and jam making in the area.
1. Start at Carluke train station. In this loop you can take a left down South Avenue to join up to Pegasus Avenue and the wider trail.
2. Going straight up Station Road towards Carluke's centre, you will pass the site of Kirkton House.
3. Take a left up School Lane to get to Clyde Street, then a right to connect to Kirkton Street and Market Place.
4. From the corner of Market Place walk up Mount Stewart Street merging into Holm Street. Connect to the loop that merges back to Pegasus Avenue.
The Mill Trail
Total distance: 4.7km
Walking paths through pockets of old urban woodland and via the heritage-rich banks of Jock’s Burn.
1. Start at Market Place and walk down High Street in the direction of Hamilton Street.
At the top of High Street, to the left, you pass the site of the home of Dr. Daniel Reed Rankin (1805-1882). Overlapping this site, you can see the Wee Thackit, established in 1793, and so named because it had a thatched roof well into the 20th century.
2. Take a right onto Hamilton Street, then a left on to Park Street which joins up with John Street.
On exiting High Street, across the road is St. Luke’s Cemetery and the site of St. Luke's Kirk (Heritage Point 32). At the end of Park Street you can link to St. Anthanasius Primary School and the adjacent Carluke Lifestyles.
3. Walk down John Street, crossing over Jock's Burn to join up with the path to the woodland around the Burn.
Crossing over Jock's Burn, this is the site of the original bridge for Old Lanark Road (Heritage Point 28). At the corner of Old Bridgend and Lagan Roads, take a left down a rough track towards the woodland paths around the Burn. You can also head up Old Lanark Road to connect to Community Links Walks, or take right towards Lanark Road, crossing to Shieldhill Road and connecting back along a 1km walk to Carluke train station.
4. Wander through the wooded area, over a small bridge, and head straight on to Glenafeoch Road.
Amid the leafy seclusion around Jock's Burn, on the left is the site of the former St Andrew’s Church Manse, built 1843 (Heritage Point 36). Before reaching Glenafeoch Road you can take a right and carry on through the woodland path next to Jock’s Burn, connecting onto The Bounds Trail. Also, from the start of the track, off Old Bridgend Road, it is a 10-20 minute walk or a 2-5 minute cycle to Carluke Leisure Centre.
5. Go straight through the houses towards Carnwath Road, then along Stanistone Road towards Cairneymount Road.
Along to the right, on Carnwath Road, leads to the Leisure Centre and John Cumming Stadium. To the right of Stanistone Road is the former site of the road's namesake - the standing stones.
6. Take a left on Cairneymount Road, walk five minutes to reach Chapel Street, near the remains of High Mill.
The High Mill (Heritage Point 30) is a former corn Mill built 1797. The street names nearby speak to local heritage, with Cairneymount indicating perhaps a nearby Cairn at one time. At the bottom of this Road, head left along Chapel Street to reach the Mill. You will pass High Mill Primary, close to its namesake, and Victoria Park Primary schools.
7. At the corner of Chapel Street and Market Road take a sharp left down Market Road to Market Place.
Carrying on straight up Chapel Street, you can connect to The Bounds Trail. Market Place contains Memorials to WWI and WWII (Heritage Point 22).
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.