Friends of the River Kelvin, Glasgow

updated on 30/06/2020

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
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Opens in  11 h 28 min.
11 h 28 min


The Friends of the River Kelvin is a society formed in 1991 by the local people who were concerned about the state of the river and who desire to improve it FORK aims to heighten and extend public awareness and commitment to the care and maintenance of the Kelvin and its tributaries.

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At any time of the year, a walk along the banks of the Kelvin is one of the most rewarding experiences Glasgow has to offer. Today we take for granted the benefits that the Kelvin brings to visitors and to all of us who live or work in the west of Glasgow. But it is only in recent years that the River has become treasured as a rich natural habitat and a place of unspoiled beauty in the heart of the city. Fifty years ago, the River Kelvin was dead - a chemical sewer poisoned by the products of decades of industry. Following the closure of the paper mills, chemical and dye works in the 50s and 60s, it has taken thirty years of cleansing rainfall to heal the damage. Now the fish have returned and its tree lined banks provide cover for dippers, kingfishers and other birds. The botanist will find a wide variety of plants, many of them rare and even exotic.
The Kelvin provides a unique environment in Glasgow, which needs to be protected and improved. The River Kelvin is about 35km long (22 miles) long. It flows from the Dullatur Bog near the village of Kelvinhead to the east of Kilsyth to its confluence with the Clyde in Glasgow Of the many burns that flow into the river there are three main tributaries, the Glazert Water, the Luggie water, and the Allander Water. The Kelvin Valley From Kelvinhead the River Kelvin flows in an almost straight line to the southwest. The Kelvin flows through a broad valley between the Kilsyth Hills and the high ground to the south. Although its former meandering course has been straightened by centuries of farming, it flows slowly through the valley.
At Bardowie and the confluence of the Allander Water the river suddenly turns south, a result of being dammed by sand and gravel washed out from melting glacier. Between 105 and 142AD the Kelvin Valley formed part of the northern boundary of the Roman Empire. The Antonine Wall named after their emperor, stretched between the Clyde and the Forth. It was predominantly built from wood and earth, an
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