Make Your Way
Encouraging active travel in the Clyde and Avon Valley through art and heritage
Get to know the beautiful Clyde and Avon Valley through the fantastic network of walking and cycling routes, through the Make Your Way project.
Now in its second year, the project provides opportunities to get to know walking and cycling routes linking Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter with the wonderful and historic Chatelherault Country Park, through a programme of FREE walking, cycling and artist-led community workshops. Don't miss the opportunity to get involved! There's themed guided walks and rides, as well as bike maintenance sessions for beginners; certified walk and cycle leader training for those looking to share their passion of getting out and about in the local area; 'A Celebration of the Land' family-focussed spring celebrations; and family fun days including local stalls and the chance to get involved in a Superheroes bike ride. View details and booking information below.
From finding out the story about 'Mary Hosies', where Mary Queen of Scots reputedly fell off her horse, getting her stockings wet in the Avon Water, to discovering Medieval ridge and furrow field systems, and knowing the best place to watch frogs, the Make Your Way team have been working with local groups to uncover stories of the local landscape. These stories are being used to create lovely new signage, installations and maps that can be used to navigate around the area, bringing your journey to life as you imagine Mary's journey, rows of long gone mining cottages and a landscape teeming with industry.
Watch the video below to find out more about the FREE #MakeYourWay events you can join in with.
In 2017, art installations, maps and educational resources were produced, and community workshops took place in Carluke, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse, as part of the Make Your Way project. View the digital trails, stories behind the art installations and educational resources for getting to know your local landscape on the links below this article, and under 'Other Resources'. Maps showing the fantastic network of walking and cycling routes in each local community can be found in the local Lifestyles Centres.
FREE walking and cycling activities in Larkhall and Hamilton
Looking for FREE activities to get you active in 2018? Look no further than the Make Your Way walking and cycling events, based in and around Hamilton, Larkhall and Chatelherault Country Park from now until March. Saturday 3 February, Introduction to Bike Maintenance, Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds, 11am – 2pm
Saturday 10 February, Guided Bushcraft Walk, Larkhall – Chatelherault Country Park, 11am – 1pm
Saturday 17 February, Walk Leader Training: Larkhall and District Volunteer Group, 10am – 5pm
Saturday 24 February, Introduction to Bike Maintenance, Larkhall and District Volunteer Group, 11am – 2pm
Saturday 3 March, Guided Ride: Larkhall – Chatelherault Country Park, via NCR74, 11am – 2pm
Saturday 3 March, Guided Harry Potter Walk, Chatelherault Country Park, 11am – 12:30pm
Thursday 8 March, Walk Leader Training: Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds, 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10 March, Bike Ride Leader Training: Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds, 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10 March, Guided Ride: Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds – Chatelherault Country Park, 11am – 1pm
Saturday 17 March, Hamilton Walking and Cycling Family Fun Day, 10am – 3pm. Drop-in activities, no booking required. Full details to be announced in February
Sunday 18 March, Larkhall Walking and Cycling Family Fun Day, 10am – 3pm. Drop-in activities, no booking required. Full details to be announced in February
Saturday 24 March, Bike Ride Leader Training: Larkhall, 9am – 5pm
Book your FREE place here. These events are co-ordinated by Camglen Bike Town, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust.
FREE 'A Celebration of the Land' family events Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February
Join in with a traditional Wassail event, a human symphony and much more, as part of a weekend of FREE family-friendly activities in and around Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February.
Saturday 24 February
The Wassail of Larkhall and Quarter – Community Celebration, 11am – 4pm
- 11am – 12:30pm: Wassail Making Workshop, Quarter Bowling Club. Make decorative walking sticks and spring garlands. Learn Wassail songs and dress the apple tree for the walk. Hot drinks provided.
- 12:30 – 2pm: Wassail Walk, Quarter Bowling Club to Larkhall. Resting point on the Green Bridge Trail at Chatelherault, 1:15pm, with hot drinks and apple turnovers. Walk finishes at the Applebank Inn, Millheugh.
- 2 – 4pm: Wassail Toast and Songs, The Applebank Inn. Toast to the apple tree with traditional music, songs and hot apple wassail.
Sunday 25 February
Arboreal Walk, Duke’s Monument, Barncluith, Chatelherault Country Park, 1 – 5pm, drop-in event - Explore the local trails and woodland with your own map and collect drawings of what you find. Warm yourself by the fire pit with a hot drink and add to the group sculpture.
Symphony for the Land, Green Bridge, Chatelherault Country Park, 11:30am – 1:30pm - 11:30am – 12:30pm: Join in with the Making Workshop to create your instrument and totem, and get dressed up in green body decorating with foliage and face paint.
- 12:30 – 1:30pm: Human symphony performance event.
Spring Forward Workshop, Walk and Play, car park behind Covan Burn at the top of Old Avon Road, Hamilton, 2-3:30pm
- 2pm – 3pm: Make your own ‘ball of sunlight’, to celebrate spring, using recycled materials
- 3-3:30pm: Use the tradition inspired swinging ball on a walk to Covan Burn to the firepit at Duke’s Monument, Barncluith, Chatelherault Country Park.
Book your place by clicking here. The programme is co-ordinated by icecream architecture commissioned artists Rachel Walker, Owen Clarke, Ruby Pester, Nadia Rossi, and Jenny O’Boyle, who have been working with specific groups to understand the history and heritage of Chatelherault Country Park. The groups include Larkhall and District Volunteers, Hamilton Ramblers and pupils from Quarter Primary School. Keep an eye out for what local artist, Alan Kain, will be doing, inspired by work the Clydesdale Colts - more information coming soon.
Meet the Make Your Way project team:
You can keep upto date with the project on this website, on Twitter @ClydeAvonValley or on Facebook @Clyde and Avon Valley - CAVLP and by using #MakeYourWay.
Take a look at the links under 'Find Out More' for inspiration on increasing your journey on foot and by bike, including workplace initiatives and challenges.
Make Your Way is funded by Scottish Government, Paths for All, and Transport Scotland supported Smarter Choices, Smarter Places grant and is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Lanarkshire LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership scheme.