WalkingSquares: Possil Loch (again)

Possil Loch from Lambhill Stables Garden

Earlier in WalkingSquares I posted another version of this view of Possil Loch and said:

Who would guess that Glasgow life was teeming behind me, including traffic whizzing along the busy Balmore Road? You can walk all the way round Possil Loch, but you never see it because of all the reeds. Here, behind Lambhill Stables, is the best viewpoint – you can just about pick it out. We often walk out via the canal, and if the café at the Stables is open it makes a nice break before turning for home.

A few people wondered what was behind me, so yesterday we did the same walk described above and I took a couple of snaps of the road running alongside Possil Marsh. The first is looking out of the Stables gate; the second shows the traffic lights beyond. So not quite the rural scene it first appears – though this is why I love living where I do. I can comfortably walk into the city’s centre and, in the other direction, to its very edge.

We walked back through the Western Necropolis, accompanied by a beautiful rainbow, and both routes, out and back, took us over the Stockingfield Bridge which I just can’t seem to stop photographing. (I know none of these are squared, they didn’t quite work that way, and Becky is most indulgent). Next week is the official opening and it’s going to be all lit up – I can’t wait!


  1. I remember seeing the replica meteorite that fell at that spot beside the loch, having never heard it was there so that was a nice surprise. Also surprised to see fields of crops on the edge of the city on Balmore Road when all the farms around my own green belt land disappeared by the 1980s despite it being a more fertile and scenic landscape for dairy cattle and crops with quiet country roads, to make way for further housing estates or left to become overgrown and abandoned. Still not worked that one out. The Glasgow film Ratcatcher was shot around there. I remember cycling up Balmore Road then Boclair Road back to my house which felt really dangerous due to fast heavy traffic and loads of potholes. Only did it once.


    • The meteorite marker is still there I think, but we rarely walk all the way round the Loch now so I’ve not seen it for a while. Too muddy even after dry weather! I think the original is in the Hunterian. Normally we walk up the Loch till the gap opposite the W Necropolis gates, but because I took those photographs we went up the road this time – much busier than it looks above, cars thundering past and a horrible polluted feeling. John says he occasionally cycles it but doesn’t like it either.


  2. Hi, Anabel – Being able to comfortably walk into the city’s centre and, in the other direction, to a forested hideaway is ideal. We have this as well — although our ‘city’ is only slightly over 12,514 people. We also live walking distance from the ocean. Spoiled for choice! 😀


  3. There’s something special about a hint of a rural landscape on the edge of a city. And how wonderful to live within walking distance of a city centre and countryside – not really possible in London!


  4. oh that first square is a fabulous composition, and in fact it is so good I probably wouldn’t have noticed the last three are not square! So exciting it is been officially open, and you are fabulous for sharing us the behind view too xx


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