The paths that loop through the nature park are ideal for walking, cycling, horse riding or jogging, with a total of 2 ¼ miles 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.
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.
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.
Old Mine Nature Park can be accessed from the south side of New Edinburgh Road (A721) at Fallside. Keep an eye out for the Shell petrol station opposite the junction with Philip Murray Road. A lane down the left side of the petrol station leads to the park entrance.
There is a very small car park at the main entrance here, but plenty of on-street parking in surrounding streets.
It's also possible to access the park via a long walk in from Bothwell. Follow the track that leads on from The Glebe and Bothwellpark Road northwards, over the motorway and ¾ mile on to Old Mine Nature Park.
ML4 3NF is the nearest postcode to the main entrance on New Edinburgh Road.
Uddingston station is a 25 minute walk away. Local buses stop 10 minutes walk away on Old Edinburgh Road (B7001). Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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