- County: Lanarkshire
- Nearest Town: Rutherglen
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time: 1 hour 15 mins
- Dechmont Hill: 184m
- Spittal Hill: 162m
- Map: Explorer 342
We decided to spend our Sunday morning bagging a few local trigs. There are quite a few on the south side of Glasgow so we started in the east and picked up a few of the trig pillars around Cambuslang – the two in this post and Hallside and Spittal Hill. We found 3 out of 4 – the first one we went to was no longer there…
Andrew was recovering from a rugby injury, so we did this walk in two sections, but it would be possible to link it all together in a vaguely heart-shaped route, albeit with some long stints on quiet roads.
Where to Park
If driving to this route, there is space to park on the side of Flemington Road where it crosses Cocks Burn.
Follow Flemington Road north from here and take the farm road to the left. Follow this straight up to the farm.
At the farm, follow the path between the farm buildings. We tried to be polite and not walk through the middle of the farm and Andrew ended up to the top of his boots in slurry.
Continue uphill until you come to a choice of two gates. Choose the left gate and carry on up – the trig pillar (Dechmont Hill) is near the flagpole you can see.
Enjoy the views over Glasgow and, on a slightly clearer day, the Campsies and Trossachs.
At this point Andrew turned back to pick up the car as his injured leg wasn’t up for the cross-country route I fancied taking to the next trig. Funnily enough, the owner of a cottage we’d passed on the way up came out to ask him if he’d left his partner at the top of the hill…
Turnlaw – S3650
Retrace your steps back to the sharp corner and take the footpath between the houses. This brings you out onto Elm Way.
I headed west towards the next flagpole and then down to a rough, muddy track. From here you can see the golf course to the right and some beacons to the left.
Without an obvious track, I aimed myself between the two. Keeping a copse of trees to the right, I crossed a fence line. I turned around and was slightly concerned to see signs saying ‘No Entry’ and ‘Range Boundary’. I don’t THINK that the area I had been in is still part of the range… I survived, anyhow.
Carry on following the edge of the golf course. Watch out for errant balls. I didn’t get hit by any, but the field was full of them, suggesting that the golfers’ aim was a little sub-par.
At this point the most direct route would be straight across the fairway, but I carried on along to the road, turned right, and then entered the golf course through the gate. On the advice of a friendly golfer, I hugged the left edge of the course, next to the fir trees.
After a short walk, there is a tree standing apart from the others. This is the best point to turn left and head straight into the wood. Fight through the branches to the golf course boundary fence, and the trig pillar (Turnlaw) is right at the fence.
At this point I headed back to the golf course entrance where my chariot awaited.