NS3977 : Former site of information panel

taken 7 months ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Former site of information panel
Former site of information panel
This is one of several plinths in the wider area; until recently, they bore some bipartite information panels: the upper part was red, and the lower blue, as can be seen in an earlier view of this one from another angle: NS3977 : Cycle path at Dalquhurn.

They lay along the course of the Leven Valley Heritage Trail, which extended from Balloch Bridge at least as far as beside Dunglass Roundabout. Most (but not all) of the panels had been removed just a few days earlier, a fact that prompted me to record the change. All had long since been vandalised to near illegibility.

The details on the panels were different at each place; this one was about the Dalquhurn Works, the ingredients and processes involved in Turkey Red dyeing, the Pug that used to run along a railway line here, Renton FC, and other such matters.

All of the panels along the trail were headed "Leven Valley Initiative", and they were set up as part of the Strathclyde Integrated Development Operation (active 198892).

Dalquhurn Point is on the right; as the map shows, the River Leven winds around it here.
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).
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.
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.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 13 March, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 4 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3932 7782 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.9851N 4:34.5553W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3931 7782
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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