Old Mine Nature Park
Take a stroll at the Nature Park
This is fast becoming a lovely wood where you can enjoy a network of easy paths through young native trees. Birds, insects and other wildlife are already making themselves at home on this flourishing patch.
The paths that loop through the nature park are ideal for walking, cycling, horse riding or jogging, with a total of 2¼ miles (3.5km) of interlinked routes. It’s a large but enclosed site, which makes it great for families to play, for exercising your dog or just relaxing with a picnic. All the paths are wide and firm with gentle slopes, so it’s easy for everyone to explore – and there are great views from the top of the site down towards Glasgow.
Find out more about the Old Mine Nature park in our leaflet.
Parking for the Nature Park
The car park at the entrance to the Nature Park is very small, and can be full at popular times. There is plenty of on-street parking in the residential streets nearby.
You can find refreshments and toilets at nearby Bellshill Services. Follow New Edinburgh Rd (A721) east towards Bellshill, and you’ll find the services on the roundabout near the intersection with the A725.
Mountain biking trails
Many local people still remember when this site – formerly known as Bothwell Park – was a busy industrial area. Over the centuries, it has been farmed, built on, mined, quarried, dug for clay and used as a landfill site and a railway siding. There was also a smithy here for many years, where blacksmiths shod horses and made and mended metal tools. Today, it’s nature and peace and quiet that bring people here. The name Old Mine Nature Park was chosen by a local primary school.
Patchwork planting for wonderful wildlife
With the help of local volunteers and school children, we’ve planted a mix of trees and shrubs in groups, creating areas of shady woodland as well as open spaces. The trees are mostly native to Britain, including cherry, maple, larch, oak, ash and hazel. Once established, the trees will bring spring blossom, summer shade and autumn colour. Look out for butterflies and moths enjoying the sunny glades in summer, thrushes snacking on rose hips in autumn and roe deer hiding amongst the trees all year round. You would have seen roe deer here in medieval times too – this was probably part of a royal hunting forest.
Working in partnership
The Old Mine Nature Park has been transformed by a partnership between North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and Central Scotland Forest Trust. The land is owned by North Lanarkshire Council, while we at Forestry Commission Scotland manage the site. We’ve also had lots of help from local people to plant the new trees and keep the nature park looking its best for everyone to enjoy.
Old Mine Nature Park is one of thirteen Commonwealth Woods, designated as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, that provide outdoor spaces where you can enjoy free events and activities, get active or just go for a walk in the fresh air. The network of green spaces around the city includes a mix of well-established and newly-planted woods, and a new riverside park created out of derelict land opposite the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village.
How to get here
Old Mine Nature Park is beside the A721 in Fallside, between Bellshill and Uddingston.
By road: Take the A721 west from Bellshill. Cross the A725 at the roundabout and continue along the A721 (New Edinburgh Road). After about ½ mile (800 metres) look for a petrol station on your left. The turning into the Nature Park is immediately before the petrol station.
There is a very small car park at the main entrance here, at grid reference NS 716 604. If it’s full, there’s on-street parking in nearby residential streets.
On foot or by bike: You can reach the Nature Park using the main entrance off New Edinburgh Road or through Fallside Nature Park, which is also beside New Edinburgh Road. From Bothwell, turn onto The Glebe from Main Street. Follow this road until it joins Bothwell Park Road and then crosses over the motorway. Keep following this track all the way to the site.
ML4 3NF is the nearest postcode to the main entrance on New Edinburgh Road.
There are regular trains between Glasgow and Uddingston or Bellshill. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
At Auchenshuggle you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a picnic or a stroll around pretty little Auchenshuggle Wood, a community woodland in Tollcross.
In Fallside, try a visit to Fallside Nature Park, which borders the Old Mine Nature Park, or head to nearby Bothwell Castle, a dramatic medieval ruin in the heart of historic Bothwell village. Follow the Clyde Walkway from the castle to reach the David Livingston Centre, home of the great missionary and explorer, and Strathclyde Country Park, where you can explore the Park or enjoy watersports on Strathclyde Loch.
These woods are part of the Commonwealth Woods, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for generations of people to enjoy.
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