The Molendinar Burn Part II

After my previous explore of Glasgow’s Molendinar Burn, I had to go back to cover the downstream section, which runs from Duke Street down to the Clyde.

The downstream tunnel entrance:

Molendinar Burn 48 (by Ben Cooper)

First there’s beautiful stone, quite high:

Molendinar Burn 49 (by Ben Cooper)

Then stone walls and a brick roof:

Molendinar Burn 50 (by Ben Cooper)

Then circular brick, with some neat side drains:

Molendinar Burn 53 (by Ben Cooper)

Then lower and oval, with some steeper sections:

Molendinar Burn 54 (by Ben Cooper)

It then opens up a bit:

Molendinar Burn 56 (by Ben Cooper)

Before getting quite a bit lower:

Molendinar Burn 57 (by Ben Cooper)

Going under a large pipe:

Molendinar Burn 58 (by Ben Cooper)

A couple more side drains – theses don’t drain into the burn, they end up somewhere underneath it:

Molendinar Burn 60 (by Ben Cooper)

Then a whole series of beautiful brick arches:

Molendinar Burn 61 (by Ben Cooper)

Then it gets very, very low and goes under the underground rail line from Central Station – I was half way through when a train went overhead:

Molendinar Burn 62 (by Ben Cooper)

Then a long, long backbreaking stretch:

Molendinar Burn 63 (by Ben Cooper)

Then a junction, where the Camlachie Burn joins the Molendinar – it follows the route of Greendyke Street:

Molendinar Burn 64 (by Ben Cooper)

Carrying on a bit further, the burn drops into a smaller pipe, and the way is impassable – this must be almost at the Clyde:

Molendinar Burn 66 (by Ben Cooper)

Going back upstream to where the Camlachie joins, there’s a wall and pillar:

Molendinar Burn 67 (by Ben Cooper)

Going up Greendyke this time, the way is a lot more pleasant than the burn – much higher:

Molendinar Burn 68 (by Ben Cooper)

Some nice changes of construction:

Molendinar Burn 69 (by Ben Cooper)

A bit of modern concrete and brick:

Molendinar Burn 70 (by Ben Cooper)

Back to brick, and some nice reassuring reinforcement:

Molendinar Burn 73 (by Ben Cooper)

Some more beautiful side drains:

Molendinar Burn 75 (by Ben Cooper)

Then good old steel pipe, the same as upstream in the previous adventure:

Molendinar Burn 79 (by Ben Cooper)

A newer, more open section:

Molendinar Burn 80 (by Ben Cooper)

And at this point, I stopped to turn back, as it was getting late:

Molendinar Burn 81 (by Ben Cooper)

Stopping only to photograph some subterranean mushrooms:

Molendinar Burn 82 (by Ben Cooper)

At a guess, I travelled about a mile and a half under Glasgow – and back again, of course! The Camlachie was still perfectly accessible when I abandoned my stroll, so who knows how far that goes…

9 Responses

  1. fascinating: and to think that – allegedly – Kentigern used to bathe here to rid himself of impure thoughts! Hagiographic nonsense but you never know…

  2. Fabulous pictures – and well done, you, for going down all that way. In 1970, when I was in first year at the old Boys’ High in Elmbank Street, we spent a weekend clearing out part of the Molendinar – it was full of prams, half bricks and all the other detritus of city life.

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