THE GADLOCH

Introduction

The Gadloch, sometimes referred to as the Lenzie Loch, covers 38 acres and virtually runs onto the Lenzie Golf Club Course. (sometimes too much when the level is high), with the village of Auchinloch, meaning 'field of the loch', lying just to the south. The loch was originally much higher than it is today but was reduced by the addition of a drainage tunnel to reclaim land for farming and in the 18th century the Easter Loch and the Wester Loch Farms were built. Just a few years ago these farms were still going concerns.

 

Bird watching

Bird watchers are often seen at the loch as it holds a variety of species and on occasions rare species and non-native species as well, some possibly having escaped from captivity. For instance in the 1970's white pelicans were sighted. In 2019 an osprey was seen regularly above the loch before departing for warmer climes, while an iridescent blue kingfisher was seen fishing along the Stand Burn at the entrance to the loch.

Common to anglers are mallards, great crested grebes, swans, coots, moorhens and the occasional heron.

 

Curling

In the winters when the ice is thick enough the Gadloch has also been used for curling. Postcards made in 1910 show this and 100 years later in the winter of 2010/2011 curlers were active again when the Cadder Curling Club played on the ice. Cadder Curling Club was once based in a railway cabin at the lochside. see video

 

The Source of the Gadloch

The inflow to the Gadloch begins from the Standburn which starts underground in the Balornock area, passing through the newer estates of  Auchinairn and Robroyston. It first appears at the junctions Wallacewell Rd/Hillhead Rd/Standburn Rd. It continues under Robroyston Rd to Lumloch Rd, moving alongside then under Langmuirhead Rd. It then runs parallel to Robroyston Rd, turning under and right at the Parkhillhead Bridge on the one- way track leading to the members car park. Continuing then down into the loch. Follow green line on map:

Outflow

The gadloch outflow enters a penstock pipe controlled by a channel gate with wheeled actuator situated at Loch Farm. The flow then passes through a brick built access shaft in the farm to another at the road junction, Crosshill Rd B819/  Robroyston Rd B812, below the railway bridge.The flow continues through this historic man-made tunnel, under the B819 and the Boghead Playing Fields to Park Burn. The flow continues in the tunnel to the Boghead Wood , exiting at the Blue Quarry. Continuing parallel to Christines Way to Greens Ave were it turns left under Southbank Rd and under the Forth and Clyde Canal. Emerging again past Westermains Ave, towards and under Kirkintilloch Rd- Glasgow Rd A803, past Kelvinway to join the River Kelvin. Follow green line on map: