Thursday, 08 June 2023
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A vital site of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, now home to wildflowers and butterflies
Bonny woodland and grassland clothe the banks of the Moosewater Burn today. The woodland is home to birds, butterflies and wildflowers. But they were once covered with smoking furnaces and noisy coalmines: Wilsontown Ironworks was one of the most important sites of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution.
Along the burnside there are rocky outcrops, knolls and hollows. Illustrated panels along the trails and our guide bring the bustling industrial past to life. You can read more about Wilsontown Ironworks on our Heritage webpages.
Quality Row Trail
Explore the site of Wilsontown’s historic ironworks and the settlement where its workers lived and mined.
Wide, firm gravel surface throughout with some loose stones. Short moderate slopes but plenty of resting places. One quiet road crossing.
Allow ½ hour
You’ll be walking through the heart of Wilsontown’s industry along this trail, past the site of the forge and rolling mill and the workers’ houses on Quality Row. The route also takes you through the area pock-marked with bell pit mines. The trail starts across the road from the car park and a short link path will take you to the start of the blue waymarkers.
Peat Pond Path
Wander though the forest that has grown over the old industrial landscape and discover a secret pond hidden among the trees.
Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Some sections may be slightly loose or muddy. Long moderate slope for 400m. Includes a road crossing.
Allow ¾ hour
This trail starts across the road from the car park. A short link path will take you to the start of the orange waymarkers.
The Glen Trail
A short stroll through young broadleaves alongside the Moosewater Burn and passing the site of the Wilson’s grand mansion.
Uneven grassy surface with muddy parts. One short fairly steep slope.
Allow ¼ hour
Look out for wildflowers like beautiful orchids in the summer.
Facilities and access
There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Forth village, about ½ mile (800 metres) away.
Car parking information
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
If travelling on the A706, look out for the sign for 'Wilsontown, Braehead, B7016' just north of Forth village. Our car park is only a few hundred metres along Wilsontown Road before entering Rootpark village.
Nearest postcode: ML11 8ER
Buses go to the village of Forth, about ½ mile (800 metres) away. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
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