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The Street

Start location: Adjacent to Hownam old school (NT 778 191)
End location: Border, Pennine Way - gate at border fence. (NT 837 154)
Geographical area: Lothian and Borders
Path Type: Medieval Road, Drove Road
Path distance: 7.8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

From Hownam go east uphill by the track called The Street, which runs southeast over Windy Law, Craik Moor and Green Knowe (415m) to the Border.

OS Landranger 80 (Cheviot Hills & Kielder Water)

Heritage Information

This path is marked in the mid-nineteenth century by the Ordnance Survey as a drove road. While it was definitely used for that purpose, there are some clues that indicate its origins are a great deal older. The route is marked on Roy's military map of 1755 as Clattering Path. It is also said to mostly follow an old parish boundary, which suggests a medieval date. However, it also goes through a number of linear earthworks that are known as cross dykes; the purpose of these is unknown but thought to have been a method of controlling traffic. These and the Hownam Rings Hill Fort that the path passes open up the possibility that the path is pre-medieval.

 

 

 



 

 

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