NS3977 : Path around Dalquhurn Point

taken 5 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Path around Dalquhurn Point
Path around Dalquhurn Point
The vegetation alongside much of this part of the path has a conspicuous yellow-green colour, and consists mostly of NS3977 : Springy Turf-moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus), which, in favourable sites, as here, can form extensive patches almost to the exclusion of other species.

The Kilmalid Bottling and Blending plant can be seen indistinctly in the distance.
Dalquhurn Point
[dalˠˈhʌɾn] Large loops in the River Leven form two Points: Cordale Point Link to the north, and Dalquhurn Point. Unlike Cordale Point, Dalquhurn Point shows no buildings on OS maps of any period. However, there was a railway line ("Cordale Branch") for a small locomotive, "the Pug", that ran between the Howgate, the nearby Dalquhurn Works, and the Cordale Works; the 1914 OS map shows a branch of that line leading onto Dalquhurn Point; there must therefore have been some industrial activity on the point, even if only something like shallow quarrying or the storage of materials.

Clinker, in this case from the burning of coal, underlies much of the edge of the Point; its angular fragments could serve as a cheap form of track ballast. It is particularly noticeable on the south side of the Point, where it can be seen, in quantity, eroding out of the embankment, but it can also be found on the raised eastern tip of the Point, and in places along the north side, suggesting that it may also have been used to form the embankment, or as infill if the interior of the Point was quarried for sand, as happened in other places nearby (at the southern end of the Dalquhurn works, at Pillanflatt, and at Mains of Cardross Farm).
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Sunday, 5 April, 2015   (more nearby)
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Monday, 27 April, 2015
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3953 7769 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.9193N 4:34.3490W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3952 7774
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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