These are only a selection of the many photographs I have ... you will see that its not really changed over the years that much apart from the paths to & from the river which we were once able to run down are now long overgrown as they are not used.
Looking from the top of the Braes down to the river below.
and the reverse looking from the stretch you see looking back towards where the first picture was taken from.
The next set is a journey from Birkenshaw in Larkhall up past Canderside toll to beyond Stonehouse viaduct.
Heading upstream towards the Mull End
Looking up onto the Mull End, called this due to Clocksey Mill once standing there all but a ruin now as you will see from the pictures.
This is a poem I discovered recently about this area of the Braes written by persons unknown and no date :
Wi' a merry cheery din,
Kiss and fondle wi' ilk ither,
Ere they tumble into ane.
Where Nature free, unstinted,
Lets her fairest favours fa',
An' decks wi' sylvan grandeur
A' the braes of Birkenshaw.
Ah there I love to wander,
As the e'ening shadows fa'
Where the Cauder joins the Avon
Mang the braes o' Birkenshaw
heading upstream over the small falls
and onto the area known as the Auld Roman Brig
before finally coming out the Glen above the old ruins of once the longest railway viaduct in Scotland at Stonehouse.
Larkhall having the highest railway viaduct in Scotland which unlike the stonehouse one is still standing in a state of disrepair, where this one was dismantled years ago.
And that is my fishing up through the Braes, where at this point I would normally either climb the hill and grab a bus home in days gone past or if I felt really energetic fish it back down the way & into the darkness, which was the case last weekend all be it 13 hours of fishing & walking, the hill climb at the end finished me off.