NS4175 : Witch's Tunnel

taken 8 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Witch's Tunnel
Witch's Tunnel
The Garshake Burn flows through this tunnel, and then, beside the photographer's position, it flows over a weir (see NS4175 : Witch's Tunnel), and joins the Overtoun Burn to form NS4075 : Gruggies Burn: NS4175 : Confluence of burns. See also NS4175 : Witch's Tunnel. For the section of the Garshake Burn that is located on the far side of the tunnel, see NS4176 : The Garshake Burn.

I know it only as a spoken name, so it is unclear whether it is Witch's or Witches' Tunnel. Similar supernatural notions have been associated with other tunnels, caves and holes in the district. Some of those traditions, such as those discussed at NS3678 : Carman Quarry, are very old; by way of contrast, the tunnel shown in the present picture is little more than a century old.
Witch's Tunnel :: NS4176

The local name for a tunnel, 164 feet long and 10 feet wide, through which the Garshake Burn flows beneath an avenue leading to Overtoun House. See Link for much more information about the avenue as a whole.

As noted there, the avenue, which was officially opened in 1895, had to cross the deep glen of the Garshake Burn here; to that end, an embankment was formed, consisting of about 50,000 cubic yards of material. The Garshake Burn was culverted through that embankment by means of this tunnel.

Overtoun Bridge Link is part of the same avenue, and dates from about the same period. By means of that bridge, the avenue is carried over the glen of the Overtoun Burn.

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Date Taken
Friday, 17 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4178 7598 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0432N 4:32.1283W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4180 7596
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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