The severe weather we have been experiencing over the past couple of days has lead to a few rather large trees coming down across the reserve. The main damage can be found on the Corehouse side (opposite side to New Lanark) of the river with at least half a dozen large conifers falling and several being hung up across the main vehicle track. This path has been closed until these trees have been cleared. It is very dangerous to walk underneath trees that are hung up against other trees, they can be very unpredictable and are liable to fall at any time. The path alongside the river however, is still open and accesible from New Lanark.
This side of the reserve has faired better with a large tree falling just beyond the power station, the tree has partially uprooted the path but it is still open to the public. A few trees have also fallen near the peregrine watch site along the blue route and this has been closed off. for safety reasons. The main Clydewalkway route alongside the river remains open although there may be more damage from last nights storms that I have not yet seen.
I urge you to remain vigilent whilst out on the reserve. The waterfalls are looking quite amazing at the moment and this is the highest the river has been this winter. If you are going to venture out onto the reserve then please be prepared. Whilst the river level is this high the boardwalk will be flooded and I ask you to follow the diversions that are currently in place.
Happy New Year!
Laura – Falls of Clyde Ranger