NS4179 : Fence at the edge of the woods

taken 8 years ago, near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Fence at the edge of the woods
Fence at the edge of the woods
The photograph was taken from a footpath, another section of which is shown in NS4279 : Footpath to Pappert Hill. In the present photograph, the line of the receding fence leads to the valley of the Murroch Burn. On the far side of that valley, Auchenreoch Muir can be seen (further away in the background is the escarpment of the Kilpatrick Hills plateau).

Various tributaries of the Murroch Burn have carved deep glens in Auchenreoch Muir. Only a couple of them are shown here, but many others are out of shot to the right; see NS4279 : Murroch Burn for a linked series of articles, including views of many of those glens. The resulting "striped" appearance of the muir may have given rise to its name; in a chapter of the book "Changing Identities, Ancient Roots" (2006), Simon Taylor explains:

"In various parts of Scotland, including the Ochil Hills, achadh can also mean 'hill-field' or 'piece of ground cleared for grazing or cultivation', occurring between c.50 and c.500 metres. This certainly suits several Auch- names in the Kilpatrick Hills, such as 'Auchenreoch' (riabhach, 'variegated, striped'), lying at 210 metres; and Auchingree (probably containing Gaelic greigh 'herd, usually of horses, horse stud'."
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Date Taken
Monday, 31 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 21 June, 2010
Geographical Context
Boundary, Barrier 
Near (from Tags)
Pappert Hill  The Murroch Burn 
Forest edge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4179 7948 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.9284N 4:32.2421W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4178 7949
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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