NS3977 : The Howgate meets a footpath

taken 3 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The Howgate meets a footpath
The Howgate meets a footpath
The path shown receding from view is part of cycle route NCN 7. A track called the Howgate is shown entering from the right to meet the path here. The part of the riverside meadow that is just beyond the gate used to be called Sandyholme; the meadow as a whole is just to the south of the former site of Pillanflatt farmhouse, and it was probably associated with that farm.
National Cycle Network Route 7 :: NX7662

The Lochs and Glens (North) route covers 214 miles from Inverness to Glasgow. The Lochs and Glens (South) covers 193 miles from Glasgow to Carlisle via the Ayrshire coast, Kirkcudbright and Dumfries. It continues east as the Coast to Coast C2C route to Sunderland.

The Howgate :: NS3877

See LinkExternal link (an annotated satellite view) for the original line (in yellow) and the current line (in green) of this track.

As explained in a Geograph article Link the track, on its original line, provided access to Pillanflatt Farm and to the River Leven; the riverside meadow at the eastern end of the track was once known as Sandyholme (see Link for comments on that name and its possible relation to that of the Howgate).

Expansion of the Dalquhurn Dye Works had swallowed that farm by 1860, and the original course of the Howgate would gradually fall into disuse and would likewise be consumed by the expanding works. The present-day Howgate, running some way to the south of the original one, represents the course of a long-dismantled railway branch line, first shown on the 1896 map revision.

The Howgate now leads from the main road (the Renton Road) to meet a foot/cycle path beside the River Leven. A building called Howgate Lodge was formerly located at NS38657749, near the western end of the track, but it was cleared away when the A82 (dual carriageway) was built. There was also a Howgate Cottage (likewise long gone) partway along the track, at NS38997753, on or near the spot where the farmhouse of Pillanflatt earlier stood.

Pillanflatt :: NS3877

The land of Pillanflatt lay between Dalquhurn and Mains of Cardross, and is mentioned in medieval records in connection with the Cardross residence of King Robert the Bruce. See a Geograph article Link for the precise location of Pillanflatt's farm buildings. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view, showing features that are depicted on the 1:10560 OS maps from 1864 to 1938, in relation to the present-day landscape. A path that runs along the northern edge of the meadow here is known locally as the Howgate: Link

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Tuesday, 5 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 July, 2018
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3916 7743 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.7719N 4:34.6950W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3916 7744
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