Heavy rain shower as I walked into the glen but the tree canopy is thick and kept me dry. Quite a pleasant day, overcast with a few showers, 16 degrees.
As you look at the photography there is a Sycamore tree to the left and the tree canopy spreads out over my head. To the right of the photograph is a Rowan tree and there is what I believe to be a young Beech tree next to it. Framed between these trees can be seen what I believe to be part of the old workings of the mill lade, which powered Alva’s Woollen Mills and this has created a waterfall.
The flow of water is steady and runs down to the left, over the rocks, as it appears the silt and debris have built up over the years diverting the water from what I believe to have been the original path. There is also some old pipe work, which can be seen at the base of the waterfall, it appears to be cracked and water gushes steadily from it.
On the far bank to left there is one large Oak, some Sycamore and other trees I am unable to identify, across the water. The pool above the waterfall is still with small insects flitting across the surface, and what appears to be minnows, seen through binoculars, are rising to catch them.
No birds to see at the time but Wood Pigeons could be heard cooing in the tree canopy above, the sound is usually quite loud near the car park. There is a small holly bush to the left of the path as you approach the waterfall and the laurel trees to the left of the steps, cut back last year by the Alva Glen Heritage Trust have started to grow back.