Peaceful, mature woodland leading down to the river Nethan

Nethan Valley

Feel the peace at Nethan Valley

This is the place to come for a quiet walk among mature trees, on a short path that leads down to the river Nethan. The colours in spring and autumn can be glorious. The path has some long steep sections and is surfaced with loose gravel.


Life’s essentials

There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Lesmahagow.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Hidden gems

Further downstream, near Crossford village, the Nethan has cut a spectacular gorge in the sandstone rock. The steep-sided valley is filled with old, rich forest: glorious dappled woods of oak, ash, rowan and hazel that have been growing since the last Ice Age.

The gorge is one of six woodlands that make up the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. It’s well worth a visit: park at dramatic Craignethan Castle for access directly to the wood.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700


How to get here

From the centre of Lesmahagow, follow the Coalburn road, ½ mile outside Lesmahagow on the right you will see a layby which leads to Nethan Valley, at grid reference NS 817 379. There is a small lay-by with parking for about two cars.

Using SatNav?

ML11 0JR is the nearest postcode, but is within the industrial estate on the outskirts of Lesmahagow.

Nearby places

A new orchard has been planted through a local community project close to Lesmahagow at Brocketsbrae. At Wilsontown you can walk through meadows and woodland that have grown up on old mine workings, and imagine the bustle of life in days gone by.

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