NS3977 : Replacement information panel

taken 30 days ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Replacement information panel
Replacement information panel
Contrast NS3977 : Former site of information panel, an equivalent view from a few months earlier. As explained there, these panels are part of the Leven Valley Heritage Trail, and they were originally set up at some point during the period 198892. When this picture was taken, the old ones had been removed a few months earlier, and replacement panels, one of them shown here, had been installed just a day or so before. They appear to be more or less the same as the original ones, though with some typos fixed; some now have additional branding on them.

Of the original panels in the heritage trail, some outlying ones near the foot of Dumbarton Castle and beside Dunglass Roundabout were neither removed nor replaced. All seven of the recent replacements are beside the cycle route on the west bank of the River Leven, between Balloch Bridge and Dumbarton Railway Bridge, and they are mounted on the original stone plinths.

In addition to the replacements, there are two entirely new panels. These are mounted on stainless steel structures of the same size and shape as the stone ones; see NS3981 : The mounting for a new information panel for one of them. This makes nine in all.

In the foreground of the picture is a cycle path. The nine sites have numbers painted beside them, presumably to ensure that all of the panels end up being installed in the correct places; they are numbered from south to north, with 1 at Dumbarton Railway Bridge, and 9 at Balloch Bridge.

Dalquhurn Point is on the right, with the River Leven beside it, flowing away from the photographer.
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.
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, 21 August, 2019   (more nearby)
Sunday, 8 September, 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 3930 7782
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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