NS4377 : Roundwood Hill

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Roundwood Hill
Roundwood Hill
This photograph was taken from the edge of the Lang Craigs escarpment; I had earlier climbed to this point, and was about to descend from there.

The background woods lie on the other side of the deep valley of the Overtoun Burn. On the near side of that valley, Roundwood Hill fills most of the foreground of the image. The hilltop area is surrounded by a metal fence, and contains the site of an ancient enclosure, within which are some cup-marked boulders: NS4377 : Cup-marks on a stone.

The Canmore database (see the item just cited) describes the area enclosed within the fence as a former plantation. A few desiccated tree stumps can still be seen on the slopes of the hill; they are all that remain of the plantation, Round Wood. According to "Off the Main Road" (I.M.M.MacPhail, 1976), "only withered stumps now mark the thickly-wooded area which was cleared during the Second World War".

For a quite different perspective, see NS4277 : Disused sheepfold, where the same hill is visible directly behind the sheepfold, and my cliff-top viewpoint appears at the upper right corner.
The Long Crags :: NS4376
The Long Crags, sometimes called the Lang Craigs, are the western escarpment of the Kilpatrick Hills. The lava (Clyde Plateau Volcanic Formation) from which they are made originated in widespread volcanic activity about 350 million years ago, in the Carboniferous Period. The escarpment is shown as "Long Craig" in Roy's Military Survey of Scotland (1740só50s). It gives its name to nearby Lang Craigs Woodland (c.2011): LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 March, 2009
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Roundwood Hill 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4335 7725 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.7581N 4:30.6657W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4350 7713
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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