As part of Lanark Community Development Trust’s “Vision for Lanark” we have been working on various projects to increase footfall and visitors to our town.
One of the ways that we are doing this is by promoting Lanark as a town where ‘Heritage Blooms’. We want to tell people about our amazing history and promote the strong connections that we have to the William Wallace story. We are also promoting Lanark as a great centre for walking, positioned as we are on the Clyde Walkway.
These two projects have come together nicely with the development of the “Wallace Trail – In the Footsteps of William Wallace” and the erection of the Wallace Statue in the Wallace Memorial Rose Garden.
The trail has five stops on it.
1 It starts at Old St Kentigern’s Church where Wallace met and married Marion Braidfute.
2 The the site of the Wallace/Braidfute house at the top of the Castlegate where the young couple lived.
3 The site of Lanark Castle at the foot of the Castlegate where Wallace slew the English Governor.
4 The Wallace Memorial Rose garden in Castlebank with the splendid statue of Wallace. This in Wallace’s time would have been part of the ancient Clyde Forest through which Wallace made his escape to the river Clyde before going upstream to hide out in the cave near the Falls of Clyde.
5 The final stop on the Trail is at the Cora Linn viewpoint at New Lanark which is the closest that people can get nowadays to the actual cave.
Large information boards are on display at each of the locations and we hope that the trail will help encourage visitors to the town. We are grateful to Peter Magnus and Stallen-Brand firm of architects for their support in the design and manufacture of the signs. Eleanor McLean has done a lot of work putting the booklet that goes along with the trail together. The funding for the signs came from the Scottish Government Town Centre Capital Fund. The Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council also sourced the grant that enabled Eleanor to get the leaflets printed.
You can pick up copies of the Trail Booklet from the Library, Tourist Information Centre, Lanark Museum, New Lanark Visitor Centre and various shops in the town. You can also download the Trail booklet from this website and also Lanark Life website (lanark.co.uk)