Roberton Drove Road
Start location: The A70 at New Mains (NS 847 315)
End location: Roberton (NS 945 286)
Geographical area: Strathclyde and Lanarkshire
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 6.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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From the road end at NS 864 296 the cellular phone antennae can be seen to the NE beyond the M74. The surfaced track goes under the motorway, then 100m after this under some large pylons. After another 90m, the track turns NNW for 500m still ascending the bottomed track. Just after the next bend SE take the first track on the RHS which is grassed over. This bypasses both antennae masts on the west side. Continuing on the grassy track 50m beyond the antennae bear left (ESE) when after 110m the track leads to a comer of a fenced field on the LHS. Continue on the grassy track ESE then E to the top of a gentle rise. From this top head roughly SE soon regaining the L.R.T. heading towards a stand of fir trees at Birshaw Rig. (Spot Height 332m). About 50m before the stand of trees take the L.R.T. on the left heading ESE and after passing close to the trees the track bears NE for 225m. It then turns north for 100m where there is a sharp hairpin bend to the right. Take this now heading SE and gently descending. After 230m from the bend a corner of a field fence is reached. Heading NE the track now aims towards Tinto Hill ahead in the distance.
From here the L.R.T. is easily followed skirting the SE side of Bodinglee Law then crossing a burn 250m before Bodinglee Farm. Leave the farm track at the burn to pass through a field to reach the surfaced road just before a shed at NS 902 304. The narrow road is then followed to Fallside and Newton Farms and Wiston Village.
This track is depicted as a road in quite old maps such as William Forrest's map of the County of Lanark of 1816, but is demoted to a footpath by the Ordnance Survey 6 inch to the mile map surveyed later that century. It is said to have been used by drovers, however the section crossing the M74 and B7078 (formerly the A74) has probably changed a little from the original line.
This path was also known as the 'Old A74' but is more likely to have been an access road to the old A74. There is an alternative route that ends at Newton on the way to Wiston and this was likely another access road to the A74 coming from a different direction.