GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hillend Reservoir

3 miles (5 km)

This walk visits the pretty Hillend Reservoir in Caldercruix, North Lanarkshire.
You can start your walk from the car park at the Caldercruix Countryside and Nature Park at the western end of the water, near to the dam. Here you can pick up a section of the Airdrie to Bathgate Cycle Path which runs along the southern side of the water along a disused railway line. There's lovely views across the tranquil lake and good trout fishing as well.
The lake is great for wildlife spotting too with heron, coot,moorhen,great crested grebe, osprey, oystercatcher,northern lapwing, curlew,kingfisherandwhite-throated dipper to look out for. You may also see roe deer in the woods and otters in the river area.


ML6 8PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hillend Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hillend Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking around North Lanarkshire you could head to one of the local country parks. There's some fine trails in Polkemmet Country Park, Palacerigg Country Park, Fannyside Lochs and Drumpellier Country Park where you can enjoy a walk along the Monkland Canal. To the west there's more good lochside walking around HogganfieldLoch on the outskirts of Glasgow. Forrestburn Reservoir is located just to the south east near Armadale.
To the south there's Forrestburn Reservoir and Roughrigg Reservoir where there's a circular walk along the grassy paths of the old railway track.


Path beside Hillend Reservoir - - 1074273

Path beside Hillend Reservoir. Bath between the railway trackbed and reservoir.

Hillend Reservoir - - 222536

Hillend Reservoir or Loch is a naturalised reservoir established between 1797 and 1799 when the North Calder Water was dammed to supply water for theMonkland Canal. At the time the dam was constructed, Hillend was the largest man-made reservoir in the world.

Bridge, Hillend Reservoir - - 1074234

Road bridge at the east end of the reservoir.

Hillend Reservoir from Nether Bracco Pasture - - 402160

Hillend Reservoir from Nether Bracco Pasture

Caldercruix, The North Calder Water - - 2446340

Caldercruix, The North Calder Water

Hillend Reservoir, dam wall - - 2446290

Dam wall at the western end


GPS Files

GPX File

Hillend Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Hillend Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)