NS4376 : Lady Overtoun's Walk

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

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Lady Overtoun's Walk
Lady Overtoun's Walk
For the main description, see NS4376 : Lady Overtoun's Walk.

Some of the southern half of the route is now obscured by trees and rhododendron bushes. However, some southern sections, such as the one shown in this photograph, are still well preserved. The stones that were used to build up a flat surface for walking on are apparent in the foreground; the walk itself is the flat area between the stones and the slope on the right.

At its southern end-point, the walk meets the line of a pre-existing dry-stone wall, just 50 metres to the south of the point from which this photograph was taken.

When I submitted a report about this route to WoSAS, the helpful contact there noticed that a route closely corresponding to this walk is marked on the second-edition OS map (c.1899). It is indeed the same route; it is about 770 metres long, measured along the walk itself (the straight line distance is about 730 metres).

The route is not named on the second-edition map, but its presence there allows the construction of Lady Overtoun's Walk to be firmly dated to the nineteenth century.
Lady Overtoun's Walk
The impressive remains of a track, high on the face of the Lang Craigs, built for Lady Overtoun. Her home, Overtoun House, and its extensive policies are well seen from this track. For the house, see LinkExternal link
Lang Craigs Woodland :: NS4377
The woodland occupies 240 hectares (590 acres) that were acquired by the Woodland Trust Scotland in 2011. It is named after the Long Crags (or Lang Craigs), a line of cliffs LinkExternal link making up the facade of the Kilpatrick Hills plateau. Lang Craigs Woodland is one of the 13 Commonwealth Woods, and is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). New paths have been laid out (waymarkers were added in May 2015), and about 160 hectares of new native woodland planted.
The Long Crags
The Long Crags, sometimes called the Lang Craigs, are the western escarpment of the Kilpatrick Hills. The lava (Clyde Plateau Volcanic Formation) from which they are made originated in widespread volcanic activity about 350 million years ago, in the Carboniferous Period. The escarpment is shown as "Long Craig" in Roy's Military Survey of Scotland (1740s50s). It gives its name to nearby Lang Craigs Woodland (c.2011): LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 16 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Paths 
Near (from Tags)
Overtoun House 
Period (from Tags)
19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4308 7637 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.2788N 4:30.8941W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4308 7635
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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