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School Path

Start location: unclassified road 0.5km south east of Hazeldean House (NS 539 536)
End location: unclassified road 0.1km south of Muirshield Bridge (NS 521 522)
Geographical area: Strathclyde and Lanarkshire
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 2.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Initially there is a good tarmac surface as far as Blackhouse Farm. Formerly the usual route was between a hayshed on the left and the farmhouse to a gate in a fence. The way is now to the left of the buildings, over a lawn and then over a stile. From here the path is to the right of a stone wall and is very rough and wet in places. A further stile replaces an old gate. At North Moorhouse the route is very muddy, the ground having been trampled by cows. Thereafter the route is a hard bottomed farm road.

OS Landranger 64 (Glasgow)

Heritage Information

This route is said to have been a school path and can be seen clearly on the OS 1" popular edition map (published in 1925), it also can be followed on the OS 6" first edition (surveyed in 1856). On both these maps a school can be seen marked at the southwest corner of the the junction with the A77(T) north of Loganswell Farm, and it is likely that this was the school the pupils were travelling to. According to "Victorian Renfrewshire" edited by Chris Morrison, the Loganswell School could take up to 37 children and had an average attendance of 20. The New Statistical Account (1842) for Mearns mentions the Mearns Parish School, a school at Busby and a small country school besides - if the latter is that at Loganswell it was in existence for at least 85 years, yet today no trace remains except this path from Hazeldean via North Moorhouse.





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