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View from Duncarnock Fort, Glasgow, Scotland

Friday, January 01, 2010

Today, New Year's Day, with weather very cold but clear, I decided to re-visit a favourite site, namely Duncarnock Fort, near Barrhead, Glasgow. I cycle over and the journey took about one hour. Being a holiday,the roads were eerily quiet, which was nice. However, last lap was via an untreated country lane the surface of which consisted of compacted snow and ice. I got there without mishap but was less lucky on the return trip when I came off and suffered some minor cuts and bruises.

The main purpose in visiting this site is the elevation and views over Glasgow City To the Campsie Fells and even Ben Lomond. Because the sun was very low in the sky, I was able to obtain a 360 degree video clip which I have posted to my You Tube account.

Inquisitive sheep atop Duncarnock Hill

Minor road near to Duncarnock which has not been treated and is essentially comprises compacted snow and ice. About one mile from here my bike fell away from under me on a patch of pure ice.

View of Duncarnock Hill ( 204m) upon which is located Duncarnock Fort. This has never been excavated but probably dates from the Iron-Age, about 2000 years ago, and may have been occupied into the early Christian period up until the 8th century AD. The site benefits from natural defences.

A frozen over Glanderston Dam. In 1842 this dam burst its banks and nine people were drowned.

View of Eaglesham Moor with with wind farm on the horizon. This is the largest wind farm in Europe.

View of Glasgow City with snow covered Campsie Fells in background.

Overall, a worthwhile trip despite the tumble!


posted by Catswhiskers @ 6:57 AM 


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