Calderglen country park is only really a country park by virtue of the fact that a burgeoning East Kilbride hasn't quite swallowed it up yet I'm guessing that in a few years this'll be an oasis in a concrete jungle and will be all the more valuable for it.
As it stands this is a really good park with well marked walks through woods and up and down the sides of the river that runs through the park. Many of the walks can be muddy, but then this is why the retail gods gave us welly boots and kids like nothing more than jumping in the mud and dogs seemingly like nothing more than rolling in it.
The park also has a kids zoo with such exciting creatures as guinea pigs! All in all you find a wide variety of people using this park including those who wish to make use of it's sporting facilities.
Went here as a kid and had to take my children back, great wee park. Good for walks and interaction with small animals/pet zoo. T.
ere are plenty of picnic areas and the views/scenery is beautiful,
The kids enjoyed the play area.
No shop that I can think of so make sure you have plenty of drinks etc for the kids especially on a hot day.
Calderglen country park is a great place with plenty to keep the kids occupied. There is a small animal zoo with rabbits , birds, guinnea pigs etc.
There are over eight miles of nature trails at Calderglen through the woods and along the banks of the River Calder
There are plenty of picnic areas, and there is also a lovely little cafe in the courtyard that has some good home baking. There is a wee gift shop here as well
The conservatory is home to a varied collection of plants and animals from around the world
This is one of our favourite places to take the kids. There are many miles of walks through the park to tire the dog out and then there is the children's zoo to entertain the kids.
Entry to the park, zoo and parking is free. There are ample parking spaces about the park so you can choose a convenient space depending on what you want to do.
It was safe to let our dog off the lead, obviously this depends on the dog, and there is plenty of open space to throw a stick/ball for her.
The kids love the walks along the river, pretending the bridges are troll bridges, the playparks and the children's zoo.
You can spend a whole day here without the kids becoming bored and it's free. What more can you ask for?
Calderglen is a great place for walks. The children's zoo is always a must for our family. The animals look well cared for. The greenhouse with the cacti is also quite spectacular.
There are many trails for running, not so good with a pram but if the weather has been dry it is definitely passable.
There is a large children's play area which is well equipped. When you have done enough walking, running and playing there is a cafe and a gift shop. A great morning or afternoon out for the whole family.
This is is one of the few places in East Kilbride where you can take your kids that is actually FREE.
At the top of Calderglen Country Park there is a small playpark, animal zoo, consevatory (which has reptiles, fish, birds, plants and toilets), and a cafe which is combined with a gift shop (which i have to say is reasonably priced).
At the bottom of the park there is a larger playpark and nature trails.
Both play parks have accessible disabled parking. My only gripe is that if you are at the play park down the bottom of the park, you have to go all the way back up to the top of the park for toilet access which is a bit of a pain.
Sometimes during the summer months pony rides are available for the children (with a surcharge)at the bottom of the park and there is an annual fair during the summer months in addition to other events.
All round I think Calderglen is fantastic for both kids and adults and hope that South Lanarkshire Council don't decide to sell the area off to make way for house-building etc.
Was very disappointed yesterday when we visited the cafe. It has changed hands and although th place had been nicely decorated, the girl at the counter taking orders was very sullen, no interest at all, the prices had gone up , the service was VERY slow and to top it all, they no longer do the children's lunch box, only a dull sandwich and a drink. As this is such a wonderful place for children and is so geared up to children, this seemed very much a step in the wrong direction. Although we will continue to visit the park, we will ensure that we take a picnic with us as the prices have gone up so much.
The park is excellent and our little grandaughter (just over 2) regularly asks to go and see (the Big Spider and the meercats) when we go up to visit. I should add that these two grandparents enjoy it every bit as much as she does.
We take the kids here regularly as there is quite a bit to do. There's plenty of walks / nature trails which take you down by the river. There a convervatory which has various types of plants, reptiles, fish etc to have a look at, it is quite small though. There's also a mini zoo to have a walk through. Plenty of free parking also.
nice surroundings - unfortunately, when i was there a big fight between 2 groups of local (??) gangs (??), including broken bottles and baseball bats, went on (on a nice sunny sunday afternoon) - not sure thats the right place to take your kids to. certainly improvable from this perspective.
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