The River Kelvin

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Postby crazygray23 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:13 pm

sharon wrote:From last years walk along the Kelvin with John Hume as our guide :)
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Built when the Botanic Gardens were laid out to link both sides of the river.

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Remains of a flint mill last used in the 60s.

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The lade that fed the flint mill - with John Hume holding court!

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Kelvin Bridge showuing the water pipes carrying Loch Katrine water.

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And, doesnt Glasgow look nice and relaxed in the sun :)

Cracking day.


ive always wondered what the small lake was for and was gonna ask untill i saw your post sharon , i used to go down there when i was younger during the summer, the small lake makes a cracking paddling pool to cool your feet off in
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Postby ElectricSprout » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:06 pm

Mark N wrote:Whereabouts is the still-in-use railway bridge shown in the last photo of the first post ?

I hope we get even more photos of the Kelvin here, it really is a beautiful river!


Aerial view of the bridge location
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Postby ElectricSprout » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:08 pm

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Postby cataclyzm » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:09 pm

In all honesty - I can't think of a river as beautiful as the Kelvin.

It's like - the perfect river. God broke the mould when he made it.

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Postby HollowHorn » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:42 pm

The Kelvin in spate, December 2006:

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Postby cataclyzm » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:00 am

I walked down to the river couple of years ago - and got talking with a couple standing near a weir not far from the kirklee bridge.

They told me they come down to watch the salmon jumping. I couldn't believe it.

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Postby HollowHorn » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:15 am

cataclyzm wrote:They told me they come down to watch the salmon jumping. I couldn't believe it.


Aye, sweet old world. They "leap" though, no?
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Postby e2wufos1 » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:38 am

HollowHorn wrote:The Kelvin in spate, December 2006:

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I was at that very spot today about 11ish unfortunately the camera I took decided to pack in on me and I couldn't get any pics of the river raging like that so it's good to see you got them instead.
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Postby cataclyzm » Sun Jan 14, 2007 4:41 pm

leap - jump. All the same to me.

If you google the words: fly fishing on the river kelvin in glasgow, you will find a site run by a guy who does just that.
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Postby Simba » Sun Jan 14, 2007 6:17 pm

Delmont St Xavier wrote:Stunning photos!

Many of those former bridges were still intact when I was a schoolboy and would walk from Wyndford to Cleveden using some of these bridges to access what we always thought was a shorter walk. It wasn't really, but it was scenic and interesting and sometimes fraught with the odd nut job lurking in places.

Sad to see that so many of them have finally been dismantled. They belonged in the whole to the Caledonian Railway and part of the LMS line too ( from my understanding the companies were all tied up in some ways before nationalisation) and obviously served the stations of Kirklee, Kelvinbridge, Maryhill, Botanics etc, etc.

Apart from that I don't know too much more about the bridges, but there is something unique about the three bridges (if they are still in place) up at the Botany/Dawsholm - where I think a railway viaduct, road viaduct and waterway (?) aquaduct all cross over each other. I am sure there is someone on here to correct any erroneous information I may pass on!


My brother stayed at the old QM Halls (I stayed at the new ones). He said that the cleaners used to walk to work there from Maryhill over the bridge. I assume this was before the flats in Bellshaugh Gardens (?) were built. Despite living there for two years I'm yet to find where the bridges actually are!
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Postby Delmont St Xavier » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:28 pm

Yes, across from the QM Halls and beside what was (don't know if its gone) a small refuse supply depot and the open playing fields was an opening, which led to the bridges. (Kind of hard to explain when one's sitting at a computer and not used the route in years). However I don't think that you can actually use that route now - because of several concrete and metal barriers when the houses were built on the reclaimed land.

As a guide, if you know the area - at the road bridge that crosses the River Kelvin at Kelvindale Road (this bridge was widened years ago) there was a bridge overhead, only the remnants of the supporting walls can be seen. This bridge led the path to the area above of which I refer to.

Alternatively in some of the shots on this subject, some of the photos show the bridges as they are now and it makes an interesting walk, but needless to say access is restricted.
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Postby Simba » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:01 pm

An HG walk to see all the bridges then? ;)
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Postby gordon » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:06 pm

Could be a goer....
Malcolm Tucker is always right.
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Postby Delmont St Xavier » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:08 pm

There are many walks that could be arranged, we could also do some of the tunnels!

Depends on the demand for such and who is willing to organise such an event - tunnels require torches and a little knowledge of where to walk. So how many are up for it?
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Postby aliferste » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:19 pm

Yup, there are salmon and sea trout once more running up the Kelvin. There is also a good stock of resident brown trout

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Have a look...
http://www.theriverkelvin.co.uk/

and

http://theriverkelvin.co.uk/blog/
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