This route starts at NS 706 633, south of the junction of the A8 (Bargeddie), on Aitkenhead Road. As you approach the start, around 30m away is a white on blue sign with the detail “Shawhead 2”. This indicates the route the path will take to begin with, sharing some of the same route as a core path to Shawhead, before diverting across to the south.
There are large concrete blocks at the start of the path to prevent vehicles.
The path is aggregate surfaced and runs east for 70m, then south for 20m through trees, crossing the Luggie Burn by the bridge at NS 70753 63368. While the bridge seems structurally sound it has no handrails.
The path goes WSW for 400m along the old road.
The road continues along towards Shawhead, but at NS 71089 63275 a trodden path heads SW.
There is no sign here. The path crosses a small burn at NS 71129 63198, before arriving at a metal bridge at NS 71196 63075.
The Monklands section of the path ends here.
Carrying on over the North Calder Water the path goes SSE for around 100m, before going generally south to the end of the path. It goes through a clearing and after 100m the path goes into woodland on the west side of the water.
As it enters the trees at NS 71133 62924 the path becomes tricky to negotiate as a large part has eroded, leaving a very narrow and exposed surface.
Going on uphill through the trees the path moves away from the burn, and drops down to an anti-vehicle barrier, which is missing a gate, at NS 71131 62621.
Go through this and round after 100m the path becomes surfaced with tar, and remains so until the end of the path. The final 400m section of path is lined by trees on the left and a security fence on the right.
The path has much evidence of broken glass and dumped rubbish here, with bollards at the end to prevent vehicles. The path ends at Laburnum Road, Viewpark at NS 70982 62239. There are no signs here.