NS3978 : The River Leven: Dillichip Lade and a skimmer

taken 9 years ago, near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The River Leven: Dillichip Lade and a skimmer
The River Leven: Dillichip Lade and a skimmer
The cycle route (NCN Route 7) can be seen on the left, between the houses of the Cordale and the River Leven.

Projecting into the river here is a stone structure, only uncovered when the water level is fairly low. Locally, such structures were called "skimmers", which well describes their role in diverting water from the river; for another view, showing it more clearly, see NS3978 : The River Leven: a skimmer.

The one in the present photograph diverted water under the narrow neck of Cordale Point. Cordale Point was formerly occupied by industrial buildings (built for the textiles industry, and later employed as barracks) see NS3978 : Footpath leading around Cordale Point for further information. The skimmer directed water into a lade (the Cordale lade, known popularly as Ritchie's Lade see NS3879 : Memorial to Robert Ritchie), which served the Cordale Print and Dye Works. On the other side of the neck of Cordale Point, two sluices can be seen at the riverside; these were the corresponding outflow points for the lade.

[Another skimmer, quite similar to this one, can also be seen, when the water level is low enough, at the intake of the lade at Dalquhurn (see NS3977 : The Lade at Dalquhurn Renton and NS3977 : The lade at Dalquhurn).]

Just right of centre in the present photograph, there is what looks like an island in the middle of the Leven. This is just the near end of a crescent of land; between it and the other side of the river is Dillichip lade, which was about 300 metres long, and which served the Dillichip Dye Works.

Bonded warehouses now stand on the far side of the river; see NS3979 : The Black Bridge.

Carman Hill and Overton Muir can be seen in the background, as well as the NS3779 : Millburn Muir transmitter.
National Cycle Network Route 7 :: NX7662
The Lochs and Glens (North) route covers 214 miles from Inverness to Glasgow. The Lochs and Glens (South) covers 193 miles from Glasgow to Carlisle via the Ayrshire coast, Kirkcudbright and Dumfries. It continues east as the Coast to Coast C2C route to Sunderland.
River Leven (Dunbartonshire)
The River Leven (Uisge Leamhna in Gaelic) is a stretch of water in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, flowing from Loch Lomond in the North to the River Clyde in the South. The total length of the river is approximately 6 miles.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 August, 2010
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Industry  Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3916 7890 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.5636N 4:34.7477W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3921 7885
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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