Falls of Clyde

Important notice

For a period of 11 weeks starting on 21 August 2017 and finishing on 10 November 2017, some sections of the public path network at Corehouse Estate will be temporarily closed to allow tree felling works associated with woodland restructuring to proceed safely. You are advised that during this period, machinery will be operating at various locations.

For your own safety and that of the contractor’s staff you are requested to avoid using the sections of route highlighted on the accompanying plan. South Lanarkshire Council have agreed to these temporary closures on grounds of health and safety.

Path closures are also in place on the blue waymarked Woodland Trail on the New Lanark side of the river due to ongoing major renovation works by Scottish Power on parts of the Bonnington Power Station. The main Clyde Walkway footpath to view the waterfalls is open and unaffected. Diversions are in place to avoid the closed sections. Again, please comply with any signage for your own safety.

This reserve is famous for its spectacular waterfalls, historic visitors and scenic woodland walks. Over 100 bird species have been recorded including dipper, raven and kingfisher. Daubenton’s bats can be spotted feeding over the river in the evenings. Badgers forage amongst the undergrowth and otters are sometimes seen along the riverbank.

Address: Falls of Clyde, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Regular evening badger watches and wildlife themed events throughout the year
  • Beautiful woodland riverside walks straight from the visitor centre to the reserve
  • Interactive toys and games – including badger facts and wildlife crafts
  • Learn all about the history of Falls of Clyde on the Victorian self-guided trail

Best time to visit?

  • Jan to Mar for otters
  • May to Aug for Badger Watches
  • Apr to Aug for woodland wildflowers
  • Sep to Nov for Autumn colour and fungi

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • geology
  • scenery
  • mammals
  • archaeology

Other information


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How to get there


The Falls of Clyde reserve lies approximately 1 mile south of the town of Lanark, and is reached through the historic village of New Lanark, signposted from all major routes.
The main entry to the reserve is at New Lanark, with another entrance at West Lodge, Corehouse.

Get directions

Getting onto the reserve

From New Lanark car park, walk down into the village, through the iron gates and down the steps to the right of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. Turn left and follow the road down to the Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, and then up a series of steps onto the reserve.

Access restrictions

Caution: Please stay on the waymarked footpaths at all times and do not sit on or cross safety barriers as there are steep slopes, high cliffs and deep fast flowing water along much of the gorge. Be aware that vehicles do sometimes operate on the reserve.

Paths can be muddy and slippery at times, especially after rain/frost. Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear and take note of any safety notices.

For a full access guide, click here.

Nearest town
Lanark (1 mi / 1.6 km)
OS grid ref
Landranger map


Falls of Clyde visitor centre

Opening times

The unstaffed visitor centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm with information about the Falls of Clyde and interactive exhibits for the kids (big and small).


Members: FREE
Non-members are asked to pay a £3 donation on entry.

01555 665 262


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