Wednesday, 5 February 2014

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 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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