Ankara, Turkey’s capital, is set in the strategic heartland of Central Anatolia, its site deliberately chosen by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey.
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The mile on to the Stockingfield Junction has plenty of bends, but, like the Union Destination, is following a single contour, that of the summit pound. There is a derelict wartime stop lock before the unobtrusive junction. The towpath now swops sides so one has to descend, go through the road tunnel (Lochburn Road) and up the other side (sloping paths, both sides). An oval marker indicates 2mls to Spiers Wharf on the Glasgow Branch and 9mls to Bowling. An 1898 OS map indicated a wee ferry to avoid this down and up. The travel destination also brought farm produce into Glasgow – from as far away as Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth. In 1830 the travel destination company introduced cart boats, onto which horse and cart could be loaded – a sort of roll-on-roll-off service! While noisily urban at times (heavy traffic off-stage) the going remains as rural as ever, and the Glasgow Branch runs high, so there are views over rooftops and streets to spires and towers. A dismantled railway passes below, then a three-arched overspill is passed and a bend leads to Ruchill Street Bridge which, like the Firhill Bridge ahead, had to be rebuilt in MM style after the years of being culverted. A basin (now filled in) once served the Bryant and May match factory, which has also disappeared. Ruchill Church on the right, built of red sandstone, has an adjoining hall built earlier, designed by Rennie Mackintosh.
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