NS4278 : Grooves above ruins of Spouts

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

Grooves above ruins of Spouts
Grooves above ruins of Spouts
Satellite imagery reveals that these grooves are, viewed over a larger area, much less regular than this picture might suggest; it reveals also that they begin abruptly at the upper (that is, eastern) edge of the enclosure that surrounded the long-vanished farmhouse of Spouts.

The grooves are in fact signs of repeated travel, centuries ago, from the farmstead of Spouts, to areas further to the east, such as the western extremity of Meikle White Hill, where signs of surface quarrying (for limestone) can still be discerned on the flanks of the hill, and nearby.

As already noted, the tracks begin abruptly just outside the enclosure of Spouts, presumably because the farm and its enclosure were still in existence when the tracks were made. The tracks head predominantly E and ENE, scouring nearby slopes, and other areas, such as that centred on NS43477850. A few limestone outcrops can still be seen near Spouts; for example, NS4278 : Small-scale limestone quarrying.
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.
The ruin of Spouts
As described at LinkExternal link (Canmore), the first-edition OS map (based on surveys in 1860) shows a building called Spouts, which was, even then, listed as a ruin. The building was situated within an enclosure that extends up the slope from the Spouts Burn for a distance of about 140 metres. Only a few scattered stones now mark the site of the building, but the line of the enclosure can still be followed on the ground. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view; the enclosure is indicated by red markers, and the former site of the building by another red marker at the centre of the enclosure.
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Date Taken
Monday, 15 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Paths  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4294 7831 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3209N 4:31.0964W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4292 7831
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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