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From the western [NS 8930 7980] of two roundabouts on the A803 at the east end of central Falkirk, first take the B803 SW for over 1km then turn left onto the B8028 for about 2.5 km through Glen Village to the northern end of Shieldhill. Take the first turn left into Easton Drive [NS 8952 7700] and park where practical.
 
From the western [NS 8930 7980] of two roundabouts on the A803 at the east end of central Falkirk, first take the B803 SW for over 1km then turn left onto the B8028 for about 2.5 km through Glen Village to the northern end of Shieldhill. Take the first turn left into Easton Drive [NS 8952 7700] and park where practical.
  
== Locality 3.1 [NS 9001 7727] Westquarter Burn: Upper Drumgray Coal ==
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== Locality 3.1 [NS 9001 7727] Westquarter Burn: Upper Drumgray Coal. ==
  
 
Ignoring the first turn on the left in the housing estate, walk eastwards to use either of two closely spaced drove-road paths [NS 8998 7717] that head north to a new footbridge over the Westquarter Burn [NS 8989 7724]. Walk downstream (eastwards) to where a day level (drainage adit) is discharging minewater [NS 9003 7729]. A series of shallow crownholes (sits) on the south bank of the burn indicate outcrop workings in the Upper Drumgray Coal [NS 8993 7725]. The bivalves collected around this locality consist of: ''Carbonicola ''cf. ''pseudorobusta'', ''C''. aff. ''Robusta, C. robusta''/''pseudorobusta, Curvirimula sp''. The seatearth under the coal represents a waterlogged fossil soil. The strata immediately above the coal are overbank deposits of a river. The sandstone overlying the mudstone and musselband may represent part of a minor delta, which infilled a lagoon or lake. The thin succession exposed dipping 8° SW is exposed at [NS 9006 7728]:
 
Ignoring the first turn on the left in the housing estate, walk eastwards to use either of two closely spaced drove-road paths [NS 8998 7717] that head north to a new footbridge over the Westquarter Burn [NS 8989 7724]. Walk downstream (eastwards) to where a day level (drainage adit) is discharging minewater [NS 9003 7729]. A series of shallow crownholes (sits) on the south bank of the burn indicate outcrop workings in the Upper Drumgray Coal [NS 8993 7725]. The bivalves collected around this locality consist of: ''Carbonicola ''cf. ''pseudorobusta'', ''C''. aff. ''Robusta, C. robusta''/''pseudorobusta, Curvirimula sp''. The seatearth under the coal represents a waterlogged fossil soil. The strata immediately above the coal are overbank deposits of a river. The sandstone overlying the mudstone and musselband may represent part of a minor delta, which infilled a lagoon or lake. The thin succession exposed dipping 8° SW is exposed at [NS 9006 7728]:
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Return to vehicles and drive north along the B8028 for almost 2.5km, turn left (west) at [NS 8850 7908] along the B803 for about 800m. Bear right at the Y-junction [NS 8770 7890] along an unnumbered road, which leads to the entrance of South Bantaskine Park that is on the right after about 500m [NS 8705 7888]. Leave vehicles in the car park.
 
Return to vehicles and drive north along the B8028 for almost 2.5km, turn left (west) at [NS 8850 7908] along the B803 for about 800m. Bear right at the Y-junction [NS 8770 7890] along an unnumbered road, which leads to the entrance of South Bantaskine Park that is on the right after about 500m [NS 8705 7888]. Leave vehicles in the car park.
  
== Locality 3.2 [NS 8743 7916] South Bantaskine Park: Upper Drumgray workings ==
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== Locality 3.2 [NS 8743 7916] South Bantaskine Park: Upper Drumgray workings. ==
  
 
Follow the main path north as far as possible and turn right, crossing a small bridge, which passes over a track leading into a large overgrown quarry. (Ignore the first track on the right.) About 200m further east, enter the next quarry on the south side of the track. In summer the quarry may be overgrown, but much of the section can be examined in the south wall, especially near the west but also the east end of the quarry. The section exposed is:
 
Follow the main path north as far as possible and turn right, crossing a small bridge, which passes over a track leading into a large overgrown quarry. (Ignore the first track on the right.) About 200m further east, enter the next quarry on the south side of the track. In summer the quarry may be overgrown, but much of the section can be examined in the south wall, especially near the west but also the east end of the quarry. The section exposed is:
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From Locality 3.2 return to the Y-junction and turn right (SW) onto the B803. After about 2.3km, the masts of the Westerglen Transmitting Station are reached; park by these in the lane [NS 8640 7730] on the east side of the road. The section is on Auchengean Farm on the west side of the road and access is along the farm track.
 
From Locality 3.2 return to the Y-junction and turn right (SW) onto the B803. After about 2.3km, the masts of the Westerglen Transmitting Station are reached; park by these in the lane [NS 8640 7730] on the east side of the road. The section is on Auchengean Farm on the west side of the road and access is along the farm track.
  
== Locality 3.3 [NS 8589 7727] Auchengean Farm: sub-Glenfuir Marine Band ==
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== Locality 3.3 [NS 8589 7727] Auchengean Farm: sub-Glenfuir Marine Band. ==
  
 
Walk along the track towards the steading. Before the steading is reached, turn north along the banks of the partly wooded burn for about 150m, where there is a small waterfall. In the west bank of the waterfall there are three adits in strata that dip at 10° towards the NE. Orange-stained mine water can be seen from the bridge over the road, entering the stream at [NS 8595 7714]; this may be emerging from the Glenfuir Coal (Armadale Main) workings.
 
Walk along the track towards the steading. Before the steading is reached, turn north along the banks of the partly wooded burn for about 150m, where there is a small waterfall. In the west bank of the waterfall there are three adits in strata that dip at 10° towards the NE. Orange-stained mine water can be seen from the bridge over the road, entering the stream at [NS 8595 7714]; this may be emerging from the Glenfuir Coal (Armadale Main) workings.
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From Locality 3.3, follow the B803 back to the roundabout in the east end of Falkirk and then take the B902 northwards passing by Falkirk Grahamston Station and Carron to the A88 roundabout at Anton’s Hill [NS 8780 8415]. Turn right on to the Bellsdyke Road to reach the roundabout at the junction between the A905 and A88 [NS 9070 8470] at South Bellsdyke, where cars may pause off road on the NE side.
 
From Locality 3.3, follow the B803 back to the roundabout in the east end of Falkirk and then take the B902 northwards passing by Falkirk Grahamston Station and Carron to the A88 roundabout at Anton’s Hill [NS 8780 8415]. Turn right on to the Bellsdyke Road to reach the roundabout at the junction between the A905 and A88 [NS 9070 8470] at South Bellsdyke, where cars may pause off road on the NE side.
  
== Locality 3.4 [NS 908 832] South Bellsdyke, Heuck Farm, Skinflats: surface effects of underground mining ==
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== Locality 3.4 [NS 908 832] South Bellsdyke, Heuck Farm, Skinflats: surface effects of underground mining. ==
  
 
The buildings near the roundabout at South Bellsdyke are held together by metal straps. The reason for this structural support is ground instability, caused many years ago during mining of the Upper Drumgray Coal just below rockhead [[Media:EGS_STIRL_PLA_03_03.jpg|(Plate 3.3)]].
 
The buildings near the roundabout at South Bellsdyke are held together by metal straps. The reason for this structural support is ground instability, caused many years ago during mining of the Upper Drumgray Coal just below rockhead [[Media:EGS_STIRL_PLA_03_03.jpg|(Plate 3.3)]].

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