The Clyde Valley in South Lanarkshire
This is the section in South Lanarkshire from near Roberton down to Hamilton. The Clyde Valley from Kirkfieldbank to Garrion Bridge is very fertile and enjoys a better microclimate than other areas. It was formerly used to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers for the Glasgow area. Some continues but competition from the Netherlands in particular has affected the trade. Many of the former glasshouses are now garden centres, some having restaurants which are very popular with local people.
The following photographs of Dalserf, a pretty village with a famous church, were taken on the 26th July 2018.
Dalserf Parish Church and Churchyard
Belltower of Dalserf Parish Church
Kirk Road, Dalserf
Cottage on right side of Kirk Road, Dalserf
Cottages on left side of Kirk Road, Dalserf
THese photographs were taken on the 16th August 2018 unless otherwise stated.
Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank
Entrance to the garden of the Popinjay Hotel
The garden at the Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank
Springtime in the garden at the Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank. Photo: 2nd May 2005.
River Clyde at the back of the Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank
Houses in Rosebank opposite the Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank
The large Gouldings Garden Centre and Restaurant, Rosebank. This is well patronised, especially the restaurant.
The Flower Fairies Garden Centre, Rosebank (opposite Gouldings). Part of Reynard Nurseries.
Valley View at Gouldings, Rosebank, a coffee shop, giftware and toy shop (opposite the main Gouldings buildings).
There are many other enterprises at Rosebank connected with garden buildings and conservatories and with garden plants.
Bridge over Clyde to Milton-Lockhart estate. This bridge, near Rosebank, originally led to Milton-Lockhart House, but the house was dismantled stone by stone and shipped to Japan around 1988 where it was reconstructed as Lockheart Castle. Photographed by Rozsa Halls on the 6th August 2018.
Crossford is in the Clyde Valley on the A72 road between Lanark and Hamilton. As the name suggests, this is a crossing point for the Clyde and a bridge takes traffic from Crossford to Braidwood.
Crossford Bridge and the Clyde
Crossford Bridge from the Clyde Walkway. 10th June 2013
Looking across the bridge towards the village. 10th June 2013
Looking down the Clyde from the bridge. 10th June 2013
View across Clyde from Clyde Walkway. 10th June 2013
Looking up the Clyde from the bridge. 27th June 2016
Looking towards the bridge from the South with flats. 27th June 2016
Crossford Post Office. 27th June 2016
Crossford War Memorial. 27th June 2016
Crossford Inn. 27th June 2016. Up for sale. Many of the old Inns along the Clyde Valley struggle to survive and hence often change hands. Hovever, garden centres along the Clyde Valley offering coffee, cakes and meals are thriving mainly supported by senior citizens. 27th June 2016
Lanark Road, Crossford. 27th June 2016
Old houses in Lanark Road, Crossford. 27th June 2016
A rather grand villa in Crossford. 27th June 2016
The Tillietudlem Inn, Crossford - now an Indian restaurant. 1st August 2016
The River Nethan at Crossford. 1st August 2016
Silver Birch Garden Centre, Crossford. Photos taken on the 17th August 2018
Bridges over River Clyde at Kirkfieldbank
The older of these two bridges, Clydesholm Bridge, in Kirkfieldbank was built from 1696 to 99 and is the oldest surviving crossing on the Clyde. It is now only for pedestrians, having been replaced by the more modern bridge shown below.
The newer single-span bridge in Kirkfieldbank was opened in 1959 to replace the bridge above which was too narrow for modern traffic. Both photos taken on the 28th October 2009.
Springtime on the newer bridge in Kirkfieldbank. 2nd May 2005.
View upstream from the old bridge in Kirkfieldbank. 2nd May 2005.
The house of a keen gardener in Kirkfieldbank. Date 22nd July 2007.
River Clyde near Roberton, South Lanarkshire. Photo: 6th Feb 2008
Freight train hauling china clay from Antwerp in Belgium to Irvine in Scotland passing through the Clyde valley near Abington, South Lanarkshire at dusk. Photo: 6th Feb 2008