NS4175 : Former course of Barnhill Road

taken 7 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Former course of Barnhill Road
Former course of Barnhill Road
This rough track follows the original course of Barnhill Road, and it now forms part of a much longer footpath called Overtoun House Circular Path.

The photo shows a view downhill; trees obscure the view to either side of the path, but there is a field to the right (NS4175 : View across Crosslet, Dumbarton), and woods to the left, where a former quarry is located (NS4175 : High Mains Quarry).

At the end of this downhill section, the track turns to the left, to pass between the two halves of the old quarry (that part of the track is shown in NS4175 : High Mains Quarry). It then joins present-day Barnhill Road: NS4175 : Overtoun House Circular Path.
Old Road to Barnhill
The road is shown on the first-edition OS map (surveyed in 1860). Only the westernmost 340 metres (straight-line distance) of the old Barnhill Road that was mapped on the first-edition map corresponds to a modern road, namely, the part between NS41347516 and NS41677526.

The rest of the old road, from NS41677526 to NS42497562, remains in use as a footpath, which is now part of the Overtoun House Circular Path (see LinkExternal link for pictures taken on that route).

When the first-edition OS map was surveyed in 1860, there was already a quarry beside the western end of the road. Subsequent maps name it "High Mains Quarry", and reveal its gradual expansion to the east.

Geological maps show an igneous dyke here, running from about NS41457527 to NS42387540; the quarry began at the western end of that dyke, and expanded eastwards along the line of the dyke for a distance of about 300 metres. By the mid-1960s, it had fallen into disuse.
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 February, 2012
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Former (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4181 7538 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7207N 4:32.0784W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4185 7540
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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