Monday, 24 May 2010

Days Outs - Chatelherault Country Park & Cadzow Castle

Spent a great day walking round ChatelHerault and it's park on Saturday which includes the ruins of Cadzow Castle. It's the first time I've been to the park and I was impressed. There was tons to do. Play parks, plenty of open spaces and a museum to boot. I never had a look round the museum, far to nice a day for being inside.

chatelherault country park

I'll go back at some point when the weather isn't so good and have a look about the museum.

chatelherault country park

The picture above is of the Duke of Hamilton's hunting. Very nice for a hunting lodge, would love to have seen his palace.

chatelherault country park

The view from the front of the 'lodge' is impressive. The vast majority of Lanarkshire/Strathclyde laid out in front of you. Not that you can see from the photograph but you could see as far as Ben Lomond and the Trossachs. You can also see the Duke's mausoleum way down in Hamilton itself. 

We also took a walk across the river Avon and the gorge via the Duke's bridge over to Cadzow Castle. It's a ruin. Not much to see either. It's fenced off and covered in scaffolding as you can see from the photographs.

Cadzow Castle

Hopefully the reason for all the scaffolding is that they're making it safe so you can walk around it. However probably not but the castle is now owned and managed by Historic Scotland.

Cadzow Castle

Above is the far wall overlooking the gorge down to the river. Would probably be a great view if you could get over and have a look. Especially as your higher up the gorge than the Duke's bridge.

Cadzow Castle

Not much to see here just the scaffolding, it would be a good idea for Historic Scotland to put up a few more information boards. The information up at the castle is scant to say the least. 

However I had a great day out and about in the park.

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