NS4479 : Ancient trackway

taken 8 years ago, 4 km from Blairquhomrie, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Ancient trackway
Ancient trackway
A green hollow way can be seen receding directly from the photographer's position. In isolation, it might be taken as no more than, for example, a dried-up stream bed. However, it is an old track; it is just a small part of a very extensive network of tracks which reach for miles across the moors.

This track is one of the continuations of the deeper track that is shown crossing a burn in NS4379 : Ancient trackway. As it mentioned in that article, the track heads roughly eastwards from that point, but it branches and zigzags along the way. Its various branches end by fanning out in areas where there are signs of disturbance; these are presumably areas where limestone was quarried. The present photograph was taken from one of those disturbed areas (shown in NS4479 : Site of former limestone quarrying), and is therefore a view of one of the tracks from near its end-point.
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, 28 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 7 July, 2011
Geographical Context
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4408 7914 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.7902N 4:30.0304W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4413 7913
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Limestone Industry 

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