NS3976 : Blocked footpath

taken 3 months ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Blocked footpath
Blocked footpath
At the time of writing, the Council's statement on its Core Path page had, for a while, been the following: "As a result of erosion by the River Leven, Core Path 50 has had to be closed. It is hoped that repair works will be undertaken in the future."

I had not used the footpath for a while, on account of the signs at each end: NS3976 : Closed footpath. I suspect that I was the only one paying attention to them; those signs appear to have made the path more popular than ever. I made an exception on this occasion, because I had specifically been asked to come and see this recent addition to the route. It was stirring up some strong feelings among the many walkers and cyclists who were accustomed to ignoring the signs, and who were now having to take to the adjacent golf course instead: see NS3976 : Blocked footpath, which shows the other end of this section.

There was another barrier further downriver: NS3976 : Blocked footpath. Still another was later added at the other end (upriver): NS3976 : Blocked footpath.
Lion's Gate to Dumbarton Rock
This description covers a subset of West Dumbartonshire's core paths (4953 inclusive and 157) that, when taken together, make up a continuous path (49 + 50 + 52 + 53) along or near the eastern bank of the River Leven ( Link ), beginning at the Lion's Gate at Kilmalid, and ending at Dumbarton Rock(*). Two shorter paths (51 and 157) branch off from the riverside path. Others paths branch off from it near the SUDS pond at Lomondgate ( Link ); these are also included here, although they are not core paths.

(*) Note that, as of mid-2018, core path 53 stops at the east end of Riverside Lane, but it is intended that it eventually be extended to become a riverside walkway to Dumbarton Rock.

See LinkExternal link (PDF, 1.3MB, at the West Dunbartonshire Council website) for a visual index to all of these paths. Summary descriptions (where "BMIE" = Broadmeadow Industrial Estate and "CP" = Core Path):

CP 49 (741m): Beside the Murroch Burn; from the Lion's Gate to the Blue Bridge.
CP 50 (1019m): Heads south (beside a golf course) from the Blue Bridge to NW corner of BMIE.
CP 51 (440m): Branches off eastwards from CP 50; leads to Overburn Avenue.
CP 52 (849m): Heads south from NW corner of BMIE to Dumbarton Bridge.
CP 157 (84m): A short path branching off east from CP 52; leads to Poplar Road.
CP 53 (476m+): From Dumbarton Bridge to Riverside Lane (and, later, to Dumbarton Rock).
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.
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Sunday, 7 July, 2019   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
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Paths  Boundary, Barrier 
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Fence 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3923 7643 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.2348N 4:34.5920W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3924 7643
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