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FISHERS WOOD, alongside the River Leven behind the Loch Lomond Rowing Club and the Vale of Leven and District Angling Club. 

ACCESS : Easy access generally although some care is required. At one point there are small, but protruding remnants of a metal fence on the path. At another, the path becomes slippery. 


There are several access points, of which the above reference is the main one. 

The small area of woods is almost forgotten sitting as it does between the railway and the back of the boat clubs. Even the name is almost forgotten. But it appears on maps as this. it is most ikely to have been named after the fisher folk than someone called Fisher. Perhaps it was a refuge from the weather before the clubhouse was built. This is close to a popular angling spot - now split by the barrage. The anglers set off by boat above the barrage. Or stand on the banks below it. 

But back to the woods.

The main access point itself is a bit of a misrepresentation. It sets off as a well set out tarred path through the low wall that was built as part of the engineer works here. But it abruptly stops. The area was worked on during the construction of the barrage and also at different periods when the drainage was improved. Once into the woods you will notice various intrusions such as these and at the far side you will come to the railway fence. 

Not very promising so far. But wander further in and through the woods and it offers lovely sun dappled expanses. There is the main path close to the fence and some others that link it with the riverside. You can do a loop. Just mind your step. The path is generally flat once you are within the wood, but there are some roots and bits of fencing that you could trip on.

October brings a golden hue.

Autumn in November in the woods.

The fallen trees are easy to step over or around. But at this point you need to watch out for small remnants of a metal fence at ankle level.

The path in summer.

Just across the small road and downstream is more wood. This is not strictly part o Fishers Wood, having been within the textile works site. it is not as accessilble, but it is interesting for the lade which runs through it, a remnant of the textile industry which is described separately. See CROfTENGEA / ALEXANDRIA WORKS : index.asp?pageid=718466 

Other than the lade and a low wall against the towpath, there is nothing left to indicate that this was part of the works. In any case this was more open yard than buildings. Left to its own devices, woods have sprung up within it and these effectively have  become part of Fishers Wood, with a variety of plants, birds, squirrels and rabbits. However, unlike Fishers Wood itself, it is low lying and when the Leven floods, so too does this wooded area. You may even find mallard paddling around the trees.

Some vagrants have built temporary structures within it and over 2023, there has even been someone camping there - only to be completely flooded out. Hmmm!

The tent once the flooding had abated a bit.

When it becomes water logged over the winter in particular, it takes on an eerie monochrome atmosphere, the tall skeletal trees starkly mirrored in the still water which sometimes freezes over.

Up and down confuse as the stark trees reflect in the flooded woods in winter.


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