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Frame the landscape with CAVLP Heritage

Frame the landscape with CAVLP Heritage

Guest post from Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership

The Clyde and Avon Valley has long been a destination for visitors, including esteemed artists and writers such as J. M. W. Turner, the Wordsworths and Sir Walter Scott.

Known for its patchwork of nationally important woodlands and stunning geological formations, crumbling castles and orchard heritage, the area has fired the imagination of visitors throughout the ages.

CAVLP Heritage are now offering a unique way to explore the landscape through the eyes of artists, writers, photographers and film-makers by way of a series of six FREE Framing the Landscape walks where paintings, photos, films and literature will be used to see the landscape in new ways.

Taking place every Saturday at 2pm, from 11 February up to and including 19 March, the walks will offer a tantalizing look at figures that have been inspired by the landscape or have made an impact on it in some way. Think Sir Walter Scott and Craignethan Castle, J. M. W. Turner at the Falls of Clyde and even Scott’s Jam Works at Carluke.

These events will form part of a larger project called Local Landscape Heroes which is focusing on the people who historically changed and maintained the character of the historic environment and landscape and those that have been inspired by it.

People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to take part in this programme of exploratory walks throughout the Clyde and Avon Valley.  The events will be led by experienced archaeologists from CAVLP Heritage who will be on hand to offer expert insight into areas at Chatelherault, Lanark, Wishaw, Craignethan Castle, Falls of Clyde and New Lanark, and Carluke.

There are 6 different walks to choose from. Each takes around two hours and is FREE although booking is essential at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk. Participants are encouraged to attend as many as they like.

Saturday 11 February: Inspired by the Oaks – Scenery Stroll at Chatelherault: Join the team at Chatelherault to explore artwork inspired by the Avon Water and Cadzow Oaks.  Learn about the painters including Alexander Fraser and Simon Bough, who were inspired by the natural beauty of the Avon Valley landscape.

Saturday 18 February: Country Makers – Worthy Wander in Lanark: Explore the historical figures who helped to shape the town of Lanark through its early days, including William Wallace, David I, William the Lion and Robert Forrest. Visit sites of local importance to Lanark and explore the artistic representations of the deeds of past country-makers.

Saturday 25 February: Wishaw on Film – Snapshot Saunter in Wishaw: Explore how Wishaw has been represented on film and visit some of the sites featured in old photographs and films. Learn about the lives of local photographers and filmmakers such as Charles Reid and Enrico Cocozza, and how they were inspired by their local landscape.

Saturday 4 March: Inspired by the Castle: Poetic Promenade at Craignethan: Join us on a journey from the Clyde Valley up to Craignethan Castle and enjoy the literature of local and visiting writers such as Sir Walter Scott and Janet Hamilton, who were inspired by the landscape and the castle.

Saturday 11 March: Inspired by the Falls – Representation Ramble at New Lanark: Take a look at the art and literature inspired by the Falls of Clyde and New Lanark, and learn about ­the artists such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and J. M. W. Turner who created it.

Saturday 18 March: Strawberry Fields – Jelly Jaunt in Carluke: Celebrate the achievements of the Scott brothers in starting the strawberry growing industry in the Clyde and Avon Valley, and the long heritage of preserve making that continues today. Take a look at old photographs that help to tell their story and the story of fruit growing in the Carluke area.

Karen McCusker, CAVLP Heritage Project Assistant, says: “This is a great opportunity to get to know a little bit more about the local people who have shaped the Clyde and Avon Valley that we know and love today, in a fun and unexpected way.”

The walks are part of the Local Landscape Heroes project which celebrates the people that have shaped and been inspired the Clyde and Avon Valley, from farmers to millers and poets to painters. The project is managed by Northlight Heritage with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and Historic Environment Scotland.

Volunteers can also join CAVLP Heritage in researching Local Landscape Heroes of the Clyde and Avon Valley in Hamilton Town House Archives every Thursday up to and including 30 March, between 11am – 7pm.

If you would like to get involved, or would love to know more, please get in touch with CAVLP Heritage at [email protected] or 01555 661 555. Booking is necessary in order to take part and can be done through e-mail.

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06/12/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

5 Winter Walks in Scotland you can’t miss!

5 Winter Walks in Scotland you can’t miss!

Looking for some stunning winter walks? We’ve pulled together our Top 5 favourite walks to enjoy this festive season. From leisurley strolls to work off that extra Christmas portion, to more advanced hikes – in Scotland there are a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. In New Lanark we’re very lucky to have the stunning Falls of Clyde on our doorstep as well as a variety of other top walking spots including Lanark Loch / Racecourse, Tinto Hill, Cartland Craigs and Strathclyde Loch.

 

 1. Falls of Clyde and New Lanark

These magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde have been impressing visitors for centuries – from Wordsworth to Coleridge, and J. M. W. Turner to Sir Walter Scott. The four linn (Scots: waterfalls) compromise of the upper falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet. Bonnington Linn (fall of 30 feet), Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn (fall of 10 feet) are above New Lanark and located within the Falls of Clyde Reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, a national nature conservation charity. Stonebyres Linn is located several miles downstream from the reserve and New Lanark.

Visitors can enjoy walks within the native woodlands, spotting wildlife and wondering at the flora & fauna all around them. Look our for kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers!

Dundaff Linn can be seen from the far end of New Lanark village. From there it is around a 20-30 minute walk along the river boardwalk until you arrive at Corra Linn. It is then another 20-30 minutes before you arrive at Bonnington Linn. (in total this route is 3 miles)

The Scottish Wildlife Trust have produced this very useful step-by-step guide to the Falls of Clyde walk.

Once you have completed your walk stop off for refreshments in the Mill Café or treat yourself in the welcoming Mill Shop!

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walks - Frozen Falls of Clyde

walks - New Lanark village in snow

 

2. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Traditionally a place of recreation for Edinburgh residents, Calton Hill, with its numerous monuments and buildings is popular as a fine viewpoint over the city. 1 miles – 1.5 hours. View more about the walk here.

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Flick – Ross G.Strachan

 

3. Cardrona Forest

If walking over remote moorland and through peaceful forest appeals to you, then this route in the Scottish Borders is perfect. 9 miles. View more about the walk here. 

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Richard Webb

 

4. Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made, however the optional return down the Ptarmigan ridge can be muddy and is rocky in places making the going more difficult in poor visibility. 7.5 miles. 4-5 hours. View more about the walk here. 

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Walk Highlands

 

5. Castle Fraser, Aberdeen

Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family. As you venture through the castle and up to the round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period. The estate has two easily followed trails taking you through a mixture of parkland, farmland and woodland, opening out to give views of Bennachie.View more about the walks here.

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Visit Scotland

 

Well that’s certainly got us inspired to bundle up and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Let us know if you have any other ideas for winter walks in Scotland. Merry Christmas!

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and walking the Falls of Clyde route

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this Christmas!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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06/07/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Looking for a dog walk in Lanarkshire? The Falls of Clyde walkway at New Lanark is paw-fect! (excuse the pun)

New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village nestled in a valley beside the River Clyde in Lanarkshire. Now one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde is visited by thousands of walkers and their canine companions every year.

Now, for all the important stuff – New Lanark is located under 1 hour from Glasgow & Edinburgh beside the town of Lanark. To get here use the postcode ML11 9DB. On-site there is free parking, free toilets, lots of outdoor picnic areas as well as a large indoor café. There is also a fantastic shop, hotel and restaurant!

It’s advised that dogs are kept on a leash within New Lanark village, as this area is frequented by many visitors, residents and cars throughout the day.

The actual Falls of Clyde walk is a mostly pathed walk through forest next to the river. There are a couple of sandy beach areas at the side of the river with shallower water. Doggy towels at the ready!

This is a great article on Walkiees.co.uk which fully explains the walk.

Without further ado, here’s some fun photos to get tails wagging…

New Lanark day out ☀️💦

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🐾🌳💛 #newlanark #westie #sundays #dogwalk #bestfriend #boyfriend #fallsofclyde

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Cracking night for a walk #newlanark #boxerdog #boxersofinstagram

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Jake had a great day out in the sunshine at @newlanark !

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#newlanark #scotland #dog #goldenretriever #scenery #nofilter #photography #nikon #dslr #d5100

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New Lanark Clyde walkway…. Hallie’s new favourite playground 🐾 @willbike #lanarkshire #newlanark #scotland

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Days with my #baby #doggy #fallsofclyde #lanark #sunshine

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That wee face! #NewLanark #walkway

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Disclaimer – towels may be required!

To find out more about New Lanark and walks to the Falls of Clyde please visit the New Lanark website. Alternatively you can call us on 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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07/06/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

The best free days out in Scotland

The best free days out in Scotland

Everyone who visits Scotland loves our castles, lochs, whisky and tartan – but there’s so much more to discover! From our fascinating museums to hidden waterfalls and beaches, there’s history, heritage and beauty round every corner just waiting to be found. Here at New Lanark World Heritage Site we don’t have a monster in a loch (maybe in the river?!) but we do have activities that visitors of all ages can enjoy for a different experience of Scotland. In this blog post we have compiled a list of a selection of ‘free’ days out in Scotland to enjoy, including a walk to the famous Falls of Clyde which are right on our doorstep and many under an hour’s drive away!

 

Falls of Clyde Waterfalls & New Lanark

The famous ‘Falls of Clyde’ consists of three magnificent waterfalls on the River Clyde – Dundaff Linn, Corra Linn and Bonnington Linn. Within the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, you can enjoy a woodland walk to see all three of the Falls – taking in the beautiful surroundings and wildlife spotting as you go! The gateway to the Falls is located in the village of New Lanark, an 18th century mill village which is now recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites. New Lanark is located less than 1 hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and has many attractions and facilities on-site including a Mill Café, Shops, Visitor Centre, Hotel & more.

 

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is located in the centre in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile. The diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof. Entry is free and donations are welcome! (By car, just over 1 hour from New Lanark)

 

Riverside Museum

The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century. Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages.​ (By car, just under 1 hour from New Lanark)

#zahahadid #riversidemuseum

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Galloway Forest Park

The Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe. (By car, around 1.5 hours from New Lanark)

Such a pretty place 🚣🏞 #scotland #gallowayforestpark #camping #lochdoon

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Beaches in Scotland

Visit Scotland: “Golden sands, turquoise waters, peaceful bays and tumbling waves … there are few finer places than a beautiful Scottish beach on a warm summer’s day! With thousands of miles of coastline and more than 700 islands, Scotland boasts beaches to rival even the most tropical holiday destination. Each is ideal for long walks or relaxing with a tasty picnic, but you’ll find plenty of other things to keep you entertained, too: wildlife watching, fossil hunting, thrilling watersports and much more…”

 

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Visit Glenfinnan: “This wonderful piece of late Victorian construction is a site to behold. Completed in 1901 the viaduct was the first structure in the world to use at that time the new building material Mass Concrete. Over 100 feet in height and made up of 21 arches this viaduct is a beautiful piece of engineering and is a glorious sight. The viaduct has now gained notoriety as it has been used in many of the the Harry Potter films. Do you remember the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with the blue Ford Anglia flying around the engine and the viaduct?” (By car, just over 3 hours from New Lanark)

Glenfinnan Viaduct. Still minus a steam train 🚂. #Glenfinnan #glenfinnanviaduct #lochshiel #visitscotland #instascotland

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Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. It has been used by generations of Scots and visitors for boating, water skiing, bathing and picnicking, or just enjoying the unique atmosphere and scenery. Loch Lomond can be reached in just under an hour from Glasgow City Centre! Find out more on this website. (By car, just over 1 hour, 15 minutes from New Lanark)

 

St.Andrews

One of Europe’s finest towns, St Andrews is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and the world’s home of golf. (By car, just under 2 hours from New Lanark)

 

Glencoe

Glencoe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glencoe is also arguably Scotland’s most historic glen, and it was recently voted as Scotland’s most romantic glen. Recently featured in James Bond Skyfall!

 

New Lanark is the perfect base for exploring the rest of Scotland. As well as being located on the banks of the fantastic Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, we have a range of accommodation options on-site to suit all budgets and tastes including the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering cottages. Visit our website to find out more!

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Aerial view of New Lanark World Heritage Site

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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31/03/16 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , ,

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

 

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Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!

 

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.

 

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Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.

 

People enjoying Clearburn

Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

 

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New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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23/02/16 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s January & February at New Lanark

Ted’s January & February at New Lanark

Hi everyone! Ted here, it’s great to be back and I can’t wait to tell you about all of the exciting things that I get up to at New Lanark this year.

Back in January we kick-started the year with our annual Family Stargazing event! It was a complete sell-out with over 150 people attending each night to take part in fun space crafts, get their faces painted and listen to fascinating talks by the Clydesdale and Glasgow Astronomical Societies. The weather wasn’t great so we didn’t see too many actual stars but everyone seems to have had a good time regardless! Here’s me ready to join Tim Peake up on the ISS!

Ted at New Lanark Stargazing

 

After the excitement of Stargazing, I’ve been enjoying some wintery walks around New Lanark – and how different they have been! The two photos below were taken a day apart, so you can see that we’ve been enjoying some lovely sunshine as well as being transformed back into a Winter Wonderland a couple of times!

New Lanark sunny JanuaryNew Lanark snowy January

 

All these walks have been a perfect excuse to warm up in the Mill Café with a tasty bowl of soup and hot drink. If I’ve been extra good I’ll treat myself to a homemade scone or even some New Lanark Ice Cream!

New Lanark Mill Café

 

On 18th February we opened New Lanark’s first exhibition of the year! It’s called Keeping Glasgow in Stitches and it’s a display of 12 beautiful (and massive!) banners that were created in 1990 to celebrate Glasgow being named the European City of Culture! Over 600 people from different community groups across Glasgow came together to work on the banners. If you fancy seeing it for yourself the exhibition is open to the public for free everyday until 31st March 2016, 10am-4pm.

Ted visiting Keeping Glasgow in Stitches at New Lanark

Keeping Glasgow in Stitches Exhibition at New Lanark

 

Coming up in March next month we have our Easter Egg-Stravaganza on 27th & 28th – tickets are on sale now! We’ll also be running Daily Guided Tours and Kids’ Craft Workshops during the Easter Holidays in April.

See you then!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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