Start location: Chartershall Farm, Chartershall Road (NS 789 900)
End location: Polmaise Road (NS 781 912)
Geographical area: Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 1.75km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Newsflash! The Heritage Paths (Campsie Fells) Project is very pleased to announce that we have a lovely new Campsies map leaflet showing this old route and other paths in the area. To get your hands on one, simply send us an SAE c/o ScotWays (see address top-right) and we'll post one out to you.
Tinkers' Loan is a popular local walk and appears to be used, at least in part, by equestrians as well as those on foot. The Heritage Paths team led a ScotWays members walk along the route as part of a circuit starting in Cambusbarron, and it was remarked upon most favourably.
From NS781912 on the Polmaise Road, this path slopes downhill to NS784909 on the Graystale to St Ninians road. It can be slightly muddy in places. From the Graystale Road, the path runs to NS783903 at Chartershall farm. The route is well signposted and the second section has a lovely part where it follows a shelf above the Bannock Burn, descending slowly to cross it by an old stone bridge.
OS Landranger 57 (Stirling & The Trossachs area)
This old route is so-named as it was known as a stopping place for Travellers. Tinkers' Loan crops up relatively frequently as a placename; another, now lost, once lay just outside Gargunnock.
The old bridge which takes Tinkers' Loan over the Bannock Burn is thought to be an eighteenth century packhorse bridge. Relatively recently a sign was seen attached to the vegetation nearby labelling it as the Bridge of Lannon. However, a nineteenth century name of Bramble Bridge is given in P.T. Paterson's excellent book A Cambusbarron Tapestry. If anyone knows any more about the bridge's history or indeed that of the route, please do get in touch.