Boston Cottage Drove Road
Start location: Haywood (NS 974 551)
End location: Slipperfield (NT 124 517)
Geographical area: Lothian and Borders
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 14km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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From NS994524 (2km south of Auchengray) go east by Kings Inn Terrace and along the farm road past East Yardhouses to the A70 Lanark Road. Cross this and continue by a path going southeast through a small plantation and then by a clear track to Left Law. At a signpost (NT047500) take the left fork, thus leaving the clear track which heads right passing Little Sparta to reach Dunsyre. Go east-northeast over the moor between Bleak Law and Mid Hill. The path is initially indistinct, but is marked with posts. East of Bleak Law, it joins a more obvious track, which continues northeast across the West Water, and thence the Medwin Water just north of Medwynhead. Continue along the track towards North Slipperfield, just before which this route meets the Old Lanark Road.
We don't have an up-to-date route description of the first part of this route from Haywood to the Auchengray road, so if anyone knows the route we'd be very pleased to hear from them.
OS Landranger 72 (Upper Clyde Valley)
This is an old drove road that was marked on Bartholomew maps well into the 20th century. There are even editions of the Pentlands map which helpfully show the location of signs and marker posts installed by the then Scottish Rights of Way Society. Today, Friends of the Pentlands produce a free Pentland Hills map which includes this old route - if you'd like one, write to ScotWays at the address top-right enclosing a large letter SAE and they'll post one out to you.
Although there are no buildings at Boston Cottage today, it is believed to have been the location of a staging post where the horses pulling the Edinburgh to Lanark mail coach were changed. Some older walking guide books refer to this spot as "Boston Cottage (no cottage)".