A campaign group is organising a health walk along the Monkland Canal in Lanarkshire on Saturday, September 15.

The Save Woodhall and Faskine Greenbelt group is objecting to plans for new homes on land around the canal. Visit the group’s Facebook page here.

One of the organisers of the walk, Dr Ann Glen, said the event is open to everyone.

She said: “We propose to walk from the eastern end of canal at Sikeside Road in Coatbridge and head towards Calderbank. People can meet some of the campaign group and hear about what we’re doing to protect the area around the canal.”

She added: “We’re also hoping to attract a costumed interpreter to act as James Watt to take part in the walk.” Watt supervised the construction of the canal.

Ann said: “The event is open to everyone and we hope we get a good turnout. We’ll be meeting up on land beside the canal off Sikeside Road around 10.15 a.m. on September 15.”

Anyone with queries about the walk can email: kathleenweetman@hotmail.co.uk 

The Monkland Canal connected the great coalfields of Monklands with the city of Glasgow. Work, supervised by Watt, started in 1770. The canal was actively used for transport until the 1940s.

Countryfile Magazine has described it as “Scotland’s forgotten canal”. However, locals like Ann are keen to make more of the historic waterway.

As well as campaigning to save the area around the canal, Ann is also part of a fundraising push to save Maggie’s Bridge – at the Calderbank end of the canal.

Listen to audio about the fundraising push here.

Maggie's Bridge at Monkland Canal
Maggie’s Bridge at Monkland Canal


Diagram of the course of the Monkland Canal

Diagram of the course of the Monkland Canal, in the west of Scotland, with the M8 motorway superimposed. By Afterbrunel. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. http://j.mp/2PgvhwI

Top picture: Chris Upson / Monkland Canal, Drumpellier Country Park CC BY-SA 2.0.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.