What can you see? Where can you go?
Getting involved in the Make your way project is a brilliant way to really get to know and explore your own home environment. The project is is being run in conjunction with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and is being created to help encourage active travel and route finding in the towns of Glassford, Carluke, Larkhall, Lanark and Stonehouse.
If you get the opportunity to come along to one of the “What can you see? Where can you go?” Periscope walks, you should definitely jump at the chance. They are absolutely brilliant fun for any age group.
Exploring your local town through the periscope is a brilliant way of noticing things you may not have noticed before and framing views which you can then photograph or find out more about. Take a look at some of the photographs with views through the periscope below. It allows you to see under or over objects and into places you would simply never think to look.
On this walk in Glassford, we set out from the town hall with a view to finding our route using an “algorithmic walk”…! Never heard of that? Neither had I. An algorithmic walk is where you follow a pre-determined set of route instructions from wherever you decide to start. In our case we followed; next right-next left-next left-second right and then stopped to view through the periscopes and take some photographs of what we found. What a unique way of exploring an area!
The next periscope walk is taking place in Carluke on saturday 17th December at 11 am from the market square. All these walks are free…you can book a place or simply turn up on the day. Find out more about the Carluke walk here.
The periscopes are not only brilliant ways to notice previously unseen details, they are also great at giving you a view over obstacles or into hidden places.
Using the periscope upside down allowed a view underneath a gravestone where we found a skull and crossbones carving hidden. Probably nobody had seen this for close to a hundred years.
We discovered an old, private burial ground with graves for what I presume are family pets…unless Floss, Hilda & Blanche were popular names of the day!
The Make Your Way walks take you to some beautiful views. This is the view from the perimeter of the village.