|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Crosskeys Roundabout, Dumfin (NS338851)|
|Distance:||1.7 miles (2.7 km)|
|Old route now:||A818|
|Route outline (key)|
The B832 forms part of the northern access to Helensburgh from the A82 along Loch Lomond. The southern end of the original B832 was upgraded (along with the whole of the B831) on 7 January 2005 to become the A818 as it was more heavily used than the other signed route via the A814 and Dumbarton town centre. Today, just over a mile and a half of the route as originally classified survives.
Starting on the A82, at a simple T-junction somewhat oddly signed with just the route number and no destnations, the road starts off promisingly, running between white metal-railing fences. However as we reach the first bend the road narrows and the surface deteriorates, partly owing to the spread of mud from the adjoining farm. The road now snakes through trees, with a number of houses hidden behind the foliage, and starts climbing. Even the bits of road that look straight on the map seem to meander along between the hedges, and soon the trees thin out as we reach the upper fields of rough grazing.
Still climbing, the road does now straighten out, and trees return in areas of woodland on either side of the road. Then, the summit is crossed and we start the descent, albeit not for long. Just past the summit the "reduce speed now" sign for the roundabout ahead appears, and as we drop down the road kinks slightly to the left to reveal the junction which marks the present end of the B832. To the left, the A818 heads back along the former B831 to the A82; to the right a minor road runs up Glen Fruin, following the valley floor below the new A817 high above; and the route ahead is what was originally the B832 (now part of the A818) continuing on to Helensburgh,.