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Lunchtime Walk – Linn Park 2

The weather on Friday was bright and sunny and quite mild for early February. We decided to walk again in Linn Park, but this time on the opposite side of White Cart, from the walk we had done a few days before.

As it would have taken a good 40 minutes to walk to the entrance of the park, we took a no. 6 bus along Clarkston Road to the entrance, which reduced the time to 7 minutes. We were starting and finishing at different points so could not take the car.

Commonwealth Games 2014

Arriving at the park we saw that it was a designated hub park for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Hub Park

The entrance into the park is by a tarmac path so our shoes did not get as muddy as they had on the walk a few days previously. 

Entrance to Linn Park

I was familiar with this part of the park, as I had been there in 2012.  

Path in Linn Park

It was a lovely early Spring day, as the photographs above show. 

Path in Linn Park

The advantage of walking early in the year is that there are better views of the river as they are not restricted by foliage. 

Small footbridge

 A small footbridge takes visitors over the White Cart Water to the other side. Some dog walkers were there with a number of dogs, which were all very friendly.  

View of the Park

Linn House

In the photograph above a mansion house can be seen in the top right. This is Linn House, which was built around 1811 for Rev. James Hall. A short time later he became bankrupt, resulting in the house and estate being put up for auction on behalf of the creditors. 

Linn Waterfall

We were able to view the waterfall from the other side of the river and get closer than we had been on the other side of the river. 

Signpost

The park is well signposted and the above photograph shows lovely blue sky. 

Countryside in Glasgow

In the photograph above, it is difficult to believe it was taken in one of the largest cities in Europe! It looks like it was taken in the Scottish countryside and not in an industrial city. 

White Cart Water

Our walk through the park was coming to an end and we soon arrived at Snuffmill Bridge where we had started from on our walk a few days previously. It had been a great walk. We arrived back at the office for our last few hours of the working week before the weekend arrived.

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Lunchtime Walk – Linn Park, Glasgow

One of the advantages of working in the South Side of Glasgow is the number of lovely parks within a short distance from my office. Last week I had walked with a colleague through Queens Park and this week we went to Linn Park.

I had been on a walk in the Linn Park in August 2012 (which can be viewed here ) so I was familiar with many of the paths in the park. 

Holmwood House

One of the first places we visited on the walk was Holmwood House which was designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s and is regarded as his finest domestic design. It was built in 1857-8 for James Couper, a local businessman. The house is managed by the National Trust for Scotland and is only open from April to September. We were able to walk round the house and its grounds.

Holmwood House 

Snuffmill

After walking round the grounds of Holmwood House, we found a walk beside White Cart Water and arrived at Snuffmill Bridge. The original mill was built in the18th century as Cathcart Meal Mill and became a cardboard mill in 1812 for Solomon Lindsay of Penicuik. In 1814 a snuff mill was added. The River Cart was an important river for industrial use.  

Snuffmill Bridge

The view from the bridge was very pleasant as the photographs below show.

View from Snuffmill Bridge
View from Snuffmill Bridge

The path along the river was quite muddy, but we had walking shoes on and not office ones!   

 In some places there were steep steps, but they were easy to climb.

White Cart Water

Linn Park Waterfall
We came to a waterfall, which is the most popular feature in the park. When I were last in this area in August 2012 the waterfall was disappointing, but today it had plenty of water cascading over it. Linn is the Scottish word for waterfall.

Waterfall in Linn Park February, 2014

In August 2012 the waterfall was less spectacular.

Waterfall August 2012

We had time to admire the waterfall before making our way back to the office. It has been a pleasant walk.

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Flooding on Rivers Clyde and Avon, Lanarkshire

With the weather being so bad we decided to stay in the local area rather than risk getting caught up in any travel chaos and went for a walk along the Rivers Avon and Clyde. 

Normally this is a fairly pleasant walk or cycle, but today involved jumping over large puddles, climbing over high fences and running across a main dual carriageway. The reason for this was the flooding in the area. 

This was quite extensive with the water level reaching three feet in some places and required fishing waders to walk through. As neither of us possess fishing waders, it was easier to find an alternative route. 

Flooding on cycle path at Smithycroft

Flooding is quite common during the winter and usually you can wade through it wearing normal walking boots, but not at the moment!

Where Rivers Clyde and Avon meet

At one point in the walk, where the Rivers Clyde and Avon meet  – the water level was very high and the path under the Clyde Bridge, joining the main towns of Motherwell and Hamilton, was flooded.

Flooding on path under the Clyde Bridge

Taking a short detour to the main Motherwell Road and crossing the dual carriageway seemed the best option, so we had to run across to the central reservation, climb over the barrier and run to the other side. Fortunately, no police cars were in the area!

Fashionable Dog!

Fashionable dog!

In Strathclyde Park we saw a small Long-haired Chihuahua wearing an Adidas hoodie! According to his owners, these are very fashionable and are known by the brand name, Adidog! I managed to get a photo of the wee fella modelling his red hoodie as shown above. What a wee cutie!

Flooding on motorway underpass between Motherwell and Hamilton

Flooded Underpass Again!

The underpass between Motherwell and Hamilton is always flooded when there is a period of prolonged rain. From the photo above, it can be seen that the path is not level and this is the cause of water gathering on one side, as well as there being no drainage. The water was waist high, so a dingy would have come in handy!

Commonwealth Games

With the Commonwealth games only a few months away, one wonders if the local council is going to fix this, as the path will be used by a large number of people. I suppose we will have to wait and see. The triathlon will be held in Strathclyde Park so we will go down to watch the action as it unfolds.

Goosander on the River Clyde

On the River Clyde, adjacent to the footbridge between Motherwell and Hamilton, we saw a pair of Goosander. Goosander are usually shy birds and keep well away from areas where many people pass through. As the underpass above was flooded and the footbridge  was the only access to it, the area was quiet and so the Goosander probably thought it was safe to swim in the area.

Male Goosander
Male and female Goosander

Goosander are the largest of the sawbills. I took some photographs with my video camera as I can zoom in close, although the resulting photographs are never the best quality. The top photograph above shows a close-up of the male and the hooked end to his bill. This is used for catching fish as the bill has sharp serrations.

The bottom photograph shows the male and female. The female has brown markings as opposed to the black of the male.

It had been another eventful day.

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