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Antonine Wall at Bonnybridge Scotland

Thursday, February 19, 2009

This morning I visited a famous Roman site forming part of the Antonine Wall which in turn formed the north-west frontier of the Roman empire from about AD140-160.

The Wall extended from Bridgeness on the Forth estuary (near Edinburgh) to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde, a distance of about 40 Roman miles or 37 English miles.

The Wall rampart (10 feet high by 6 ft top-width) was largely built of turf blocks and mainly on a stone base at least 14 ft wide. A rough parallel ditch some 20ft (berm) to the north was generally formed in a V-section (40ft width and 12ft central depth) whilst to the south, some 45 yards inside the rampart ran the Military Way, a road some 17ft wide.)

The two video clips below were taken near to Rough Castle on the Wall.

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Winter at Forth&Clyde Canal Glasgow Scotland

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This morning, Glasgow's layer of snow remained in situ. As the temperature was below freezing any standing water was covered in ice, a feature which applied to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Anniesland where I went this morning to take the video clips below. Where not protected by bridges, the canal had frozen over to a good thickness.

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Tour Forth and Clyde Canal Wildlife Scotland

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Today, I am following up on yesterday's Forth & Clyde Canal theme, mainly because of a timely press release covering the extensive wildlife which can be found in and around the 137 miles of Scotland's inland waterways.

The images below were taken during a walk around the Kilsyth area ( Forth & Clyde) in summer 2007 and are provided to give a flavour for the type of wildlife habitat which the canal system fosters.

According to the latest report the canals are home to increasingly exotic colonies of creatures which include terrapins, coots, voles, moorhens, damselflies, otters, kingfishers, mink, dragonflies and herons.

The presence of dragonflies and damselflies is a key indicator of an unpolluted eco-system as the insects need to lay their eggs in or near clean water.

On a personal note, I enjoy the canals with their pleasant blend of industrial archaeology, solitude, nature and countryside.

If anyone out there is interested in a cycle trip or walk along this canal then please contact me. We can also include a dip into Roman history via various sites along the nearby Antonine Wall.


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Visit Forth and Clyde Canal Scotland

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This morning I took my laptop to have some repairs undertaken and found myself close to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Anniesland, Glasgow. This canal has a long history, being at the forefront of the industrial revolution when it was built in the late 18th century (work commenced 1768) to link the east and west coasts of Scotland's industrial heartland. It operated until 1963 and was subsequently re-opened in 2001. The canal covers a 35 mile route which, intriguingly, closely follows the line of the Antonine Wall built some 1600 years previously by the Romans. Today's rail and road routes follow a roughly similar line of communication.

It is possible to cycle and/or walk along the canal between Glasgow and Edinburgh, a challenge I have longed planned to take up.

Today, the canal is made used by leisure craft and has become something of a wildlife refuge.

The following images cover only a tiny snapshot of the waterway. However, watch this space for more images when I get round to traversing the route by cycle.

This is a waterside restaurant/cafe 'Lock 27'. There are 39 locks in total.

Whilst taking some pics I came across a couple out walking who had spotted a heron.

Here is the lock
Lock and bridge
Waterbirds in formation, mainly swans and ducks

This canal is not normally on visitors' main hit list. It is, however, an important part of Scotland's industrial archaeology. Boat trips are available, in addition to walking and cycling. I am looking forward to my cycle ride along the banks.


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Tour Antonine Wall

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Here are some images of walk along the Antonine Wall from 2007.

Building commenced about AD142 of the Wall which runs between Forth and Clyde, a distance of over 40 Roman miles ( 37 British miles). The rampart was largely built of turf blocks but mostly on a stone base at least 14ft wide.

Here is Bar Hill Roman Fort

Here are images of the wall with walkers to indicate the scale of the Wall.

For tours of the the Antonine Wall and Roman Britain please contact Catswhiskerstours.


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Antonine Wall Country Tour

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mr Fox selects his evening meal (evening time in Glasgow)

View of Forth & Clyde canal near Kirkintilloch

Swans on Firth & Clyde canal

HF Walking group on Forth & Clyde canal

View of Kilsyth Hills/Campsie Fells

More views of Kilsyth Hills/Campsie Fells

Bar Hill Roman Fort lies near the top of Bar Hill, in a superb strategic location looking north over the Kelvin Valley to the Campsie Fells.

HF Walking group atop old fort at Croy Hill

View of Antonine Wall near Twechar

Antonine Wall near Twechar

Antonine Wall near Twechar

View of Forth & Clyde canal near Kilsyth.
The Forth and Clyde Canal enables boats to move between the Firth of Forth ( near Edinburgh) and the Firth of Clyde (Glasgow). The canal passes large, vibrant towns, busy thoroughfares and into peaceful country locations

Auchinstarry-A fine, south facing dolerite/quartz quarry with a pond, picnic area and a car-park. Stone from this quarry was used to build Glasgow during the 19th. century. Now used for climbing and picnics

Overall, a good day, walking about 10km/6 miles. About 20 in all. Started at Kilsyth and finished at Kirkintilloch. Lots of history ( iron age fort, Roman Wall and fort, 19th century canal). A few showers but weather favourable.


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