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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.

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This morning, with a combination of sub zero temperatures and blue skies I ventured off to Duncarnock, the site of a prehistoric iron-age fort near Barrhead. Elevation is over 200m which affords superb views over Glasgow and the Campsie Fells in the distance. As Glasgow remains badly affected by arctic weather journey there was quite an ordeal. Image no 2 below shows the road conditions which I had to traverse on my bike followed by a trudge through deep snow for about 15 minutes to scale the summit. However, the arduous trip was worth the energy as the views and snow sparkling in the sunlight proved a good reward.

Image below (together with this video clip)  shows the city of Glasgow and Campsie Fells in the background.  Decision to take my long lens was vindicated.

Glasgow in Winter

Snowbound Glasgow and Paisley

Here is the local road providing access to the site. Read more on Snowscape around Glasgow…

This morning, I was reminded that there is still some snow an them thar hills so wheeled out my bike and ventured of to one of my favourite local vantage points which is ‘The Craigie’ (aka Duncarnock Fort) near Barrhead. The site has never been excavated but, as a defensive point, may date from the Iron-Age ( 1st century AD).

With local roads now almost clear of snow I was able to travel easily. However, the hills and farmland still retain good coverings of snow. With the air temperature at or below zero, I was able to walk on top of the snow cover (as opposed to sinking into it), an experience which proved quite exhilarating when augmented by the bright sunlight reflecting off the snow crystals.

The 204m high elevation of The Craigie afforded a superb platform for photographing Glasgow and Paisley, reflecting the winter sunlight against backdrop of the snow covered Kilpatrick Hills and Campsie Fells, It was also possible to catch a glimpse of Ben Lomond in the distance.

To supplement the still images, here is a video clip of the vista.

Tours: Elsewhere, I have been busy with tour enquiries and am very close to finalising a short Highlands for later this month. Provided the weather holds we should obtain some great images of the Scottish Highlands in winter.

GlasgowAncestry Blog: This separate blog is now attracting some useful (favourable) comments and feedback, which is nice. Today I photographed Barrhead War Memorial. In this town the loss of life was high: WW1 about 300 casualties and WW2 about 150. There were 27 WW1 names beginning just beginning with letters A and B which I have posted today.

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