NS4984 : Jacob's Ladder

taken 14 years ago, near to Craighat, Stirling, Great Britain

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Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Ladder
About a century ago, there were 78 steps; it appears that most of them have survived to the present day. Not surprisingly, given its age, the staircase is now hazardous in places.

The present picture was taken in the evening, when the lighting was poor. Click on the end-note title to see other (more successful) pictures.

At the time of writing, some call it Jacob's Ladder. It descends into the gorge, reaching the depths of NS4984 : Finnich Glen at a point near NS4984 : The Devil's Pulpit; some have also called these steps the Devil's Staircase, but that name does not appear to be in popular use now.

The path down these steps was the descent mentioned at NS4984 : Foxglove; that picture was taken on the same evening.
Jacob's Ladder
This steep stairway descending into the deep gorge of Finnich Glen Link is built in a crevice of the rock. The steps are now hazardous in places. They are between 150 and 200 years old, created at the behest of Mr Blackburn, proprietor of the estate of Killearn. Jacob's Ladder is one of the popular names for the stairway.
Finnich Glen
This glen, which used to be called Ashdow, is a chasm up to 70 feet deep, and, in places, no more than 15 or 20 feet wide at any height. It was carved through the Old Red Sandstone by the Carnock Burn. The burn flows around a prominent stone called the Devil's Pulpit, whose name is now often applied to the glen as a whole. Near that stone, a steep stairway, built long ago in a crevice, descends into the gorge: Link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 June, 2005   (more nearby)
Monday, 26 August, 2013
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Place (from Tags)
Finnich Glen 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 496 848 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.9931N 4:24.9113W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 496 849
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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