NS4175 : Confluence of burns

near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Confluence of burns
Confluence of burns
In the foreground, the Garshake Burn flows away from the photographer's position, having just emerged from the NS4175 : Witch's Tunnel. The Overtoun Burn flows in from the left. Their combined waters, on the right, are NS4075 : Gruggies Burn.

The path on the left is part of the Nature Trail, the name given to the woodland paths in the Overtoun Estate (see end-note of NS4276 : Overtoun House).
Overtoun House Nature Trail
Locally, the woodland walks within the Overtoun Estate are still collectively known as "the Nature Trail", in memory of the fact that they used to be (circa 1980) laid out as a nature trail with numbered marker posts. New waymarkers were added, both here and in the adjacent Lang Craigs Woodland ( LinkExternal link ), in May 2015. For more on the Nature Trail, see Overtoun House: LinkExternal link
Gruggies Burn :: NS4075
This burn, in Dumbarton, arises from the confluence of the Garshake and Overtoun Burns. In the past, some have linked its name to Bishop William Scroggie, but it is far more likely that it takes its name from the Grugie family who, in the 17th century, lived near the point where the turnpike road (on the line of what is now Dumbarton Road) crossed the burn by means of a bridge that was called Gruggies Bridge (shown as "Grugiesbrigg" on Roy's Military Survey); the name of the bridge may later have been applied to the burn as a whole. The burn flows into the Clyde a little to the east of Dumbarton Rock. It still has a prominent deep channel there on the shore: this last part of the burn's course was dredged by Blackburn Aircraft, who had a factory nearby, and who transported their completed machines across the Clyde by barge.
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Saturday, 7 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 April, 2012
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4180 7595 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0275N 4:32.1081W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4178 7597
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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