NS3678 : Area of Carman Muir scored with ditches

taken 13 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Area of Carman Muir scored with ditches
Area of Carman Muir scored with ditches
The pattern of ditches shown here is prominent in satellite imagery: LinkExternal link

A pool (NS3678 : Pool and ruin of lime-kiln on Carman Muir) is visible as a dark shape in the left of that satellite image; directly to the right of the pool, in the right-hand side of the image, is a prominent three-fold meeting point, where areas of ditches oriented in three different directions meet; the area around that meeting point is the one shown in my photograph, but it is just a small portion of a much larger area of land covered by this pattern of lines. The photograph was taken from a small rock outcrop on an area of slightly higher ground to the south-west.

Former use of the land here has clearly left its mark. An article by the naturalist John Mitchell was recently brought to my attention (see NS3678 : Former cornstone workings on Carman Muir); concerning this area, it says: "site partially drained for forestry in 1986, but planting not carried out". This may explain the many prominent channels visible here and nearby.

[Trees had also covered this area at an earlier period; they are shown on the first-edition OS map (c.1860), but had been cleared by the time of the second-edition map (c.1898).]

While photographing the area, I measured (using GPS waypoints) the spacing of the ditches, and found them to be set 5 or 6 metres apart.

On the skyline, the television transmitter (NS3779 : Millburn TV Mast) on Millburn Muir is visible near the left-hand edge of the photograph; to its right, above a closely-spaced pair of poles, NS4385 : The Dumpling (Duncryne Hill) is visible as a bright bump set against darker distant hills. Also on the skyline, at the right-hand edge of the image, the wooded area (NS4280 : Moorland near the summit of Pappert Hill) around the summit of Pappert Hill is visible; to its left is Auchincarroch Hill (near which a landfill site is located: NS4181 : Road to Auchencarroch Landfill Site).
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Date Taken
Monday, 23 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 25 February, 2009
Geographical Context
Uplands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Place (from Tags)
Carman Muir 
Landmark (from Tags)
Pappert Hill  The Dumpling  Auchincarroch Hill 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3699 7841 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2557N 4:36.8140W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3695 7838
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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