NS4175 : Overtoun House Circular Path

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

Overtoun House Circular Path
Overtoun House Circular Path
Barnhill Road, visible on the left in this picture, used to follow a different course: NS4175 : Former course of Barnhill Road. That part of its former course is now no more than a rough track, but it forms part of a much longer route called Overtoun House Circular Path.

The rough track leads downhill before passing between the two halves of a disused quarry (as shown in NS4175 : High Mains Quarry); the present photograph shows where the circular path (which leads directly away from the photographer's position, in the right-hand side of the picture) joins present-day Barnhill Road. It follows the line of Barnhill Road down to the busy main road (the A82), crosses that road, and then continues along Greenhead Road.

The River Clyde and the area on its far side can be seen in the background.
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
Monday, 9 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 February, 2012
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Paths  Roads, Road transport 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4150 7524 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.6392N 4:32.3710W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4153 7526
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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