NS4377 : Ancient trackway

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Ancient trackway
Ancient trackway
This is part of a braided trackway that runs SW-NE, beginning at about NS42577752, just to the west of Black Wood, and running parallel to its edge. Not far ahead, the tracks continue uninterrupted beyond the line of a more recent NS4377 : Dry-stone wall.

The land levels out ahead, and there is therefore little background; for further context, see a view of the track in the opposite direction: NS4377 : Ancient trackway.

As the term "braided" suggests, there is, for most of the length of the system, not a single track, but an interweaving set of them. One good (and fairly deep) example is shown at the centre of the present photograph, but part of another can be seen near the left-hand edge of the picture, near the horizon.

A similar set of tracks begins near Maryland Farm, at about NS42147791. However, on tracing their course, I found that these tracks, and the ones shown in the present photograph, are all part of an extended network that links several locations of former limestone quarrying, and sites where lime-kiln ruins are evident. The local limestone industry flourished in the eighteenth-century.

This system of tracks passes very close to the southern corner of an enclosure associated with an old farmstead (on which, see LinkExternal link for further details and for more images). The farmstead apparently dates from before the middle of the eighteenth century, and the tracks seem to date from the same general period. They certainly pre-date the first-edition OS map (c.1860).
Network of old limestone industry tracks :: NS4379
A very extensive network of ancient tracks on the moors in West Dunbartonshire links old quarries, ruined lime-kilns, and other sites connected with the local limestone-burning industry, which flourished in the 18th century. See LinkExternal link for a Geograph article about the network, and LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view of it.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Paths  Derelict, Disused 
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4306 7796 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.1348N 4:30.9689W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4302 7794
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Limestone Industry  Braided Trackway  Archaeology 

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