NS8680 : Open space by the Forth and Clyde Canal

taken 5 months ago, near to Camelon, Falkirk, Great Britain

Open space by the Forth and Clyde Canal
Open space by the Forth and Clyde Canal
What was once the site of the Camelon chemical works on the south bank of the canal near Falkirk is now a woodland with open spaces.
Forth and Clyde Canal
The Forth and Clyde Canal links Bowling on the Firth of Clyde with Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth. It allowed goods to be transported between the east and west coasts, and to be exported from Glasgow to Europe or from Edinburgh to America, without taking the hazardous route round the north of Scotland or the longer route via the English Channel.

It is 56 kilometres (35 miles) long and has 39 locks, and the highest point is 47 metres (155 feet) above sea level. Originally there were 33 drawbridges, ten large aqueducts and 33 smaller ones.

It was designed by the engineer John Smeaton and opened in 1790, after over 20 years of planning and construction.

With time seagoing vessels became too large to pass through the locks, and competition from the railways in the 19th century led to it being more or less disused, and it was closed in 1963.

However it was reopened as a Millennium project in 2001, and linked to the Union Canal by the Falkirk Wheel.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 27 June, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 24 November, 2019
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 8637 8003 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.9827N 3:49.4136W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 8641 8005
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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