Swans at Broadwood, (c) Laura H Smith

This spring sees the final set of access works being completed through the Cumbernauld Living Landscape.  Works at Broadwood Loch begin on the 20th of February, there are 3 sections of the path network that will be upgraded including the woodland walk which has been flooding for many years.

I have a particular fondness for Broadwood Loch, it is a place I walk often and the woodland walk was always the route I took to hear bird song, see dragonflies and just enjoy nature. It is good to see this area being upgraded, with thanks from the Campsies Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The woodland walk is a gorgeous wee diversion off the main route that takes in Orchardton Loch, a cracking site for dragonflies, and continues to meander around woodland where you can hear and see woodpeckers on the dead and dying trees, long tailed tits flitting from tree to tree, and tiny wrens among the shrubbery and scrub.

It is a great route for both walkers and cyclists, with care given to passing each other and a nice idyll from the near industrial area. Sometimes you are in a certain location among nature and you could swear you were in the countryside – and not an urban setting.

Sections of path will be closed for periods of time so we would ask you to heed any signage and not put yourself at risk, especially when machinery will be in use. The disruption will be for a short time and you’ll be able to access the woodland walk without wading through inches of water. Please bear with us as the upgrades are underway. You can follow our progress on our Facebook page – Cumbernauld Living Landscape.

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Tracy Lambert