Old road to Craigend Lime Works
Start location: Gateside junction, south of Chartershall (NS 787 897)
End location: Craigend Lime Works (NS 764 906)
Geographical area: Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk
Path Type: Industrial Path
Path distance: 2.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians, Suitable for Bikes
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Newsflash! The Heritage Paths (Campsie Fells) Project is very pleased to announce that we have a lovely 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.
Start at the Gateside junction, south of Chartershall. Instead of heading south-west along the former Glasgow to Stirling road past Old Sauchie, head north-west along the road to Cultenhove which continues as a vehicular track towards Craigend. Where the main track bends sharply right towards the ford/causeway across the Bannock Burn, head west along a track towards the former Craigend Lime Works.
For a shorter walk in to the limeworks, start instead at the small parking place by the ford/causeway (NS770907), close to the gateway into Wester Craigends.
For a longer walk, continue westwards from the limeworks along a well-worn woodland path which is clearly much used by mountain-bikers as well as walkers. The route climbs for a further 800m or so round the hill, below the cliffs and above the deeply-incised burn, curving first SW then S, eventually meeting a standard forest track circa NS763900. There is a wooden waymarker here, with red and white route-marks and a yellow-on-green arrow-disc. A route heads east via Middlethird to reach the old road once again at NS778901, or there are a variety of other paths to explore.
OS Landranger 57 (Stirling & The Trossachs area)
Today's peaceful farm track will once have seen a great deal more traffic. The 18th century limekilns at Craigend were busy producing lime for agricultural use. A plentiful supply of coal will have been required and, unlike the later Murrayshall II Lime Works further north near to Cambusbarron, the Craigend Lime Works did not have the advantage of a tramway. It is thought that the coal would have arrived by horse-drawn cart along this old road from Cultenhove Fishery. It is reported that a cross-section of this road, opened for pipeline work at NS780901, showed it to be well constructed yet very deeply rutted by wagon wheels.
Furthermore, our surveyor reports that the section of the track from the bend at Wester Craigends to the former limeworks is said to have the appearance of a quarry road in that the surface is firm stone "metalling".