Eastwood Ramblers at Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

This morning, I joined Eastwood Ramblers ( social hiking group) for a seven mile (11km) walk around the Dams to Darnley Country Park in S.W. Glasgow. The Park reaches an elevation of 300ft and thus offers good views over the Glasgow conurbation and beyond.

We passed through Barrhead and viewed Duncarnock ( or ‘Craigie) Iron Age hillfort in the medium distance.

The park extends to 1350 acres comprises a number of reservoirs plus woodlands and farmland. Today the park is used for such recreational facilities as hiking, cycling, nature watching and fishing. However, today’s pleasant and benign environment belies extensive industrial activity from the late 1700s onwards which includes:

  • Limestone quarries and associated infrastructure.
  • A corn mill.
  • Lime and fireclay works.
  • Bleachfields.

The ready availability of cheap waterpower was influential in development of the above activities, traces of which still remain.

Weather conditions today were relatively benign for mid-winter.

 

Eastwood Ramblers in full stride at Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgpw, Scotland

 

Former Lime and Fireclay Works in Dams to Darnley Country Park

 

Video clip of Brock Burn

 

Brock Burn in full spate at Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

Eastwood Ramblers at Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

View of Glasgow conurbation from Dams to Darnley Country Park

Fishing on Balgray Reservoir, Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

Waterfall, Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

Video clip of waterfall and hiking group.

 

 

Eastwood Ramblers at Dams to Darnley Country Park

Colourful Railway Bridge at Dams to Darnley Country Park

 

Bullrushes at Dams to Darnley Country Park

Littleton Reservoir, Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

Fungi, Dams to Darnley Country Park, Glasgow

 

The successful hike ended with a meal at World Buffet Restaurant, Darnley.

 

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