NS4079 : Line of old drove road

taken 5 years ago, near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Line of old drove road
Line of old drove road
This is a view downhill. To the right (north) are a wall and a fence that form the boundary of an adjacent field. To the left is a mound that is an old wall, mostly overgrown with turf. Just beyond it is the present-day path (NS4079 : Path to Pappert Hill), which is next to a slope leading down to the Pappert Burn.

The present picture is a view along what I take to be the line of the old drove road here. The nearby present-day path closely follows the upper edge of the slope leading down to the Murroch Burn, while the older drove road instead consistently follows the edge of the wall that forms the field boundary. For much of its length (specifically, where the burn is not far from the field boundary), the present-day path follows the same line as the old drove road: see NS4079 : Path with remains of a wall for an example.

Where the burn meanders farther from the field boundary, the current path and the old drove route diverge, as at the point shown here.

A view uphill from the same spot included an area that a burn flows through, exposing some stones to view; I found it tempting to see these as a form of paving, though I cannot tell whether they date from the days of droving, or from more recently: NS4079 : Surface of former drove road.
Old drove road from Bonhill :: NS4580

This former drove road, much of which is no longer evident on the ground, leads from Bonhill, near a disused quarry, up to and over Pappert Hill, and then past the Common Kist Link (a cist burial). It heads over the Hill of Standing Stones Link where a cattle stance marker Link can still be seen. It leads along the Lang Dyke Link where another such marker Link is visible. The route crossed the Gallangad Burn at the Common Ford Link and the Carnock Burn at White Haughs. An early-nineteenth-century "Plan of Dumbarton Muir" records the above route. Beyond the Carnock Burn, the drove road divides; for further details, see page 28 of John Mitchell's "The Shielings and Drove Ways of Loch Lomondside" (2000).

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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 18 June, 2016
Geographical Context
Paths  Derelict, Disused 
Former (from Tags)
Drove Road 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4048 7969 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.0154N 4:33.5080W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4049 7969
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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