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Greenoakhill explore Part 2

After the partial frustration (and success) of my first visit to Greenoakhill, the arrival of a decent day and little more to do than watch paint dry meant I was able to complete a rapid follow up visit, and satisfy my own curiosity about the ‘other end’ of this development.

Please see the original Greenoakhill explore post for the full background, links, documents, and maps relating to this walk.

I started off in Carmyle as there is no clear indication of where the gate is located in the documentation:

Carmyle Entrance: There is a gate to the south-west of the site, which gives access towards Carmyle. Access to the site is over privately owned informal trails, so we’re afraid a high standard of path cannot be guaranteed.

Although I have explored this area in the past, I’d never gone very far past the derelict railway viaduct that carried the long gone Caledonian Railway across the River Clyde. The structured footpath ends at the viaduct, and ground tracks leading along the riverbank thereafter are faint, and disappear into trees.

I reverted to the more identifiable path which can be found along the old (closed) Kenmuir Road. This can still be found on maps, and begins at the corner of Carmyle’s Estate Road and River Road.

This old road leads to some derelict and ruined cottages which I explored years ago, but could then go no further thanks to a stone wall and dense undergrowth, and nothing worth the effort of getting through.

The wall is still there, but has decayed and can be passed easily. This allows the perimeter fence on the M74 side of Greenoakhill to be reached.

As the far east end of this fence and its locked gate had ended my previous walk, I decided to follow the fence, and eventually arrived at the same locked gate.

(Incidentally, this is the WRONG way to go if you arrive via Kenmuir Road. You should turn RIGHT when you see the perimeter fence and this will take you to the Kenmuir access gate without waking around the whole enclosure).

This time, I carried on around the perimeter, aiming to go back to Carmyle by following the River Clyde side of the fence.

Of slight concern was the fact that a repair I had seen in the fence during the first visit (and declined to photograph) had been broken through again.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Fence Break Lagoon Side

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Fence Break Lagoon Side

As I headed back to my starting point, I found the Kenmuir access gate, and was surprised to find it was NOT locked, and this area could be freely entered.

As can be seen in the pics below, there is no real path to the gate, just a lightly worn narrow track in the grass.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Access Gate And Paths

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Access Gate And Paths

From within.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Behind Access Gate And Paths

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Behind Access Gate And Paths

Just to confirm, this gate has no lock of any sort.

Greenoakhill Unlocked Kenmuir Access Gate

Greenoakhill Unlocked Kenmuir Access Gate

I recorded the unlocked condition of the gate after the first thing I spotted while following the path was this obvious break in the fence, made from outside. For ‘obvious’ reasons?

There are deer roaming here, but they’re not likely to roll back cut sections of fence.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Perimeter Fence Break M74 Side

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Perimeter Fence Break M74 Side

There’s a handy seat at junction in the path.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Area Seat 1

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Area Seat 1

The path continues to rise, offering a view back towards the east end of Glasgow over the M74 – and a sign for the Tollcross and Rutherglen turn-off.

Incidentally, before I can have a walk around this haven, I have to have a walk from the high flats seen on the right.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Path Beside M74

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Path Beside M74

The path carries on to a second seat, and rejoins after the earlier split.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Area Seat 2

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Area Seat 2

The view from this seat.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Seat 2 View Edit

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Seat 2 View

Finally, arrived at the locked gate that ended the first visit – now seen from the OTHER side, still locked.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Lagoon Access Gate Locked

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Lagoon Access Gate Locked

Just for completeness, the other gate (service access) as seen from this side of the fence.

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Service Access Gate Locked

Greenoakhill Kenmuir Service Access Gate Locked

That’s all, as this section of the path now just loops back to the Kenmuir access gate shown at the start.

Wandering back to Carmyle, found a reminder that this is reclaimed landfill, with an underground monitoing station found in the undergrowth.

Greenoakhill Landfill Gas Sampling Station

Greenoakhill Landfill Gas Sampling Station

At first, I thought this was a jumbo sized landfill gas monitoring point, as these smaller stations are dotted all over the site, but a look inside and a pull on the cord suggested this was possibly some sort of liquid level, or water table, monitoring station. The cord feels as if it is attached to a plunger, and this moves up and down with a damped action. But there is no other indication or marking to give clues.

Greenoakhill Landfill Monitoring Station Interior

Greenoakhill Landfill Monitoring Station Interior

I tripped over an old gas monitoring/sampling station. These used to have valves and tube fittings on top, but most of them have been replaced by blanking plates, as seen here.

 

Greenoakhill Gas Monitoring Post

Greenoakhill Gas Monitoring Post

This was the GPS track of the visit and, as can be seen, there was more wandering involved in this one as I had a couple of other places to visit and collect pics of.

Greenoakhill 2 GPS Track Carmyle And Kenmuir

Greenoakhill 2 GPS Track Carmyle And Kenmuir

A reminder of the Daldowie section.

Greenoakhill GPS Track

Greenoakhill GPS Track Daldowie

And just for fun, the two stuck together, with the Daldowie section in yellow.

(Click the image to enlarge, since I’m to lazy to start uploading GPS tracks into live mapping).

Greenoakhill GPS Total Track

Greenoakhill GPS Total Track

You may be able to use this live map to zoom in and examine the current aerial view of this site (which is recent enough to show the new area), and see where the GPS tracks follow the paths, and the old Kenmuir Road.

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11/01/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | ,

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