NS4581 : Remains of a road

taken 9 years ago, 3 km from Blairquhomrie, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Remains of a road
Remains of a road
Running from the bottom left corner of the image, towards a point just above and to the right of the centre, are the faint remains of an old road, which was recorded during a Roman road survey (see the end-note).

This photo shows the road on its south-western approach to the Gallangad Burn; the valley of that burn runs from left to right across the image. Note the green gap in the heather coverage at the point where the road reaches the upper edge of the valley. In the valley itself, the descent of the road and its ascent on the other side of the burn were indicated by long straight patches of bracken which exactly outline its course; the bracken has grown preferentially on the course of the former road.

Given that the burn is easy to cross at almost any point upstream of the falls, I was surprised to find that the crossing of the Gallangad Burn was so close (only 20 metres or so) to the perilous drop at the top of the waterfall Ishneich; see LinkExternal link

The original Canmore report (see the end-note) links this section of road with others that are quite different in character, and which I have not seen, despite looking (I can find no trace of them on the ground, or on satellite imagery; by that, I do not mean to imply that they do not exist; I am simply saying that I have not seen them, and therefore cannot comment on them).

The other two sections of road that were supposedly linked to this one were in the form of raised tracks, while the section shown in this photograph is a hollow way (as is its continuation on the other side of the burn: NS4581 : Remains of a road). I therefore began to suspect that something was amiss.

As it turned out, those suspicions were well-founded: my subsequent research on other matters confirmed that this hollow way is not a continuation of those other raised tracks. In fact, the route shown in the present photograph is part of an old road to Drymen (for other sections of it, see NS4480 : Traces of an old road).

That old road is depicted on an early-nineteenth-century "Plan of Dumbarton Muir" see LinkExternal link for details and it has its beginnings near Maryland Farm (NS41907708). The Plan shows the old road crossing the Gallangad Burn here, not far to the west of NS4581 : The Lang Cairn. Wherever this old road to Drymen is visible on the ground, it appears as a hollow way.

For an annotated satellite map showing the course of this old road, see the following Geograph article: LinkExternal link
Remains of a road
This section of road (first reported during a Roman Road survey) is visible as a faint hollow way. The original report LinkExternal link (at Canmore) claims, incorrectly, that this is a continuation of some other roads that are very different in character. In fact, it is part of an old road to Drymen, as is explained in detail at LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link
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Monday, 20 July, 2009   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4536 8149 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.0807N 4:28.8820W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4531 8141
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