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Carmyle weir – DUCK!!!

In the past, I’ve posted one or two pics of the derelict sluice gates that once controlled the weir at Carmyle. This was installed in the 18th century when the site was home to various factories that used water and water power, and included mills and bleachworks. These are all gone now, with no evidence on the ground, leaving the weir and ruined gates as the only witness to their existence.

Over the years, all the pics have only been from the south bank of the River Clyde, being taken when I have been wandering around Carmyle itself. Back then, I’d never bothered with the path along the north bank, which never held much interest for me, especially once they demolished the remains of the Clyde’s Mill power station and razed the site. This had once been interesting while it held a small gas turbine powered generating station, the last remnant of the modifications carried out to the original coal-fired power station that occupied the surrounding area, but when it went, there wasn’t much to see, and the area dropped off my walking list.

Now that the area has been redeveloped, and cleaned up since a large training centre has been constructed to serve the emergency service of Strathclyde, it makes for a better walk, even if it is a little plain. Unfortunately, the arrival of the training centre has also cut off most (all) of the access across the land to the river, meaning the only way to get there is to follow the path along the river, and that does not end until you reach Westburn, Fine if you are local, but just too much to add on if you have already walked 3 miles or so the get there.

When I did this walk, and learned I was virtually trapped and forced to walk to Westburn before I could get off the path (in future, I will just turn back and save an extra 2 miles where there is little to see), I did at least spot the weir and its old control gates from the north bank.

I shot off a few pics, which were nothing special and all looked much the same, except the one shown below.

As can be seen, there’s nothing left of the gate or the gear that would have raised and lowered it to control the height of the weir. This gate would have worked in conjunction with others sited around the weir.

Carmyle weir south bank gate

Carmyle weir south bank gate

In this case, I noticed I had caught not only the gate, but some of the local wildlife, as a camera-shy duck sought to race out of the field of view before it was caught by the camera.

I didn’t even notice it at the time, and am sure it falls into the category of “If I’d tried to catch something even resembling this shot, I’d still be standing there today!

Carmyle weir duck



April 28, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , ,

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