I returned to the Carron Sea Lock after the abortive attempt on the 12th May to find it fully operational. This page also contains some updates from 10th November 2001, including material from Lock 5 and 9.
Looking back up Lock 3, the canal was rather full. Note the stainless steel sliding tubes for securing vessels when using the lock. The canal turns sharp right here, the original course went left and is
now cut-off by the M9. There was much disappointment in the town of Grangemouth
that the canal would not follow it's original line through the town, but instead
exit here, depriving the town of the opportunities that the Millennium Link
brings to other canal-side communities.
The view looking back along the course of the old canal.
This vertical flag celebrating the Millenium Link overlooks the Sea Lock, Lock 2.
Just below the flag, and just inside the sea lock, there are serviced moorings, note the Millenium logo on the pontoon entrance.
In the distance some of the same boats are still moored on the 10th November. This view looking south, the sea lock is on the right.
Low tide at the Carron side of Lock 2. The Carron is only navigable from here to the sea at certain states of the tide, as there are issues with both water depth and bridge clearance. There is a plan (but no funding) to build a weir and Lock on the River Carron downstream, thus normalising the water level at lock 2, and making a marina at Grangemouth.
The lock itself, empty. Under exceptional flood conditions this entire lock would just be underwater!
The view form the Sea Loch, showing the proximity of the M9 bridge across the Carron.
10th November 2001
A mile back along the canal is the remains of Lock 5. Lock 5 has been resited further west so that the canal can pass under the B902. Hence the canal between these two points appears to run in a cutting.
The picturesque cottage called No 9 at Lock 9. It doesn't look like the middle of Falkirk. In the distance the railway crosses the canal, over what used to be a swing bridge.
The bridge is still there as can be seen from the picture, but the rails are now continuous across the structure.
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Photographs: James Gentles