NS4276 : The channel of the Overtoun Burn

near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The channel of the Overtoun Burn
The channel of the Overtoun Burn
The Overtoun Burn follows an artificially straight channel through this area. This new channel was built at the same time as the adjacent ornamental lily pond (NS4276 : Former dam and lily pond), which doubled as a source of water for a domestic hydro-electric power scheme, providing electricity for NS4276 : Overtoun House. See NS4276 : Remains of a turbine house for the details of that scheme.

Close inspection of large-scale mapping shows the lily pond to be separate from this channel. Water was transferred from one to the other by means of a sluice gate: NS4276 : Sluice gate beside the Overtoun Burn. For a view along the same channel, but in the opposite direction, see NS4276 : The channel of the Overtoun Burn. See also NS4276 : Small weir on the Overtoun Burn.

Further downstream, just beyond the southern end of the lily pond, the artificial channel of the Overtoun Burn shows signs of more recent work (1970s), with gabions (rocks contained in a wire mesh). The first-edition OS map (c.1860) pre-dates the hydro-electric scheme, and shows the original course of the Overtoun Burn, before the pond/dam was created.
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Friday, 17 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4254 7651 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.3436N 4:31.4174W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4255 7653
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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