Start location: Railway bridge over unclassified road south of Drumglass (NS 722 750)
End location: B802, south of Croy station (NS 730 754)
Geographical area: Campsie Fells, Strathclyde and Lanarkshire
Path Type: Industrial Path
Path distance: 0.9km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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This route runs along the south side of the railway from Croy Station to the next public road to the west a kilometre away at the railway viaduct south of Drumglass. A sign-posted tarred path leads away from the B802 between the upper and lower station car parks; it shortly gives way to an unmade grassy path sufficiently trodden to be clearly apparent. This runs parallel to the railway embankment rising and falling with the lie of the land and with open fields to the south. At the halfway point (NS 726 753), a prominent 'cart road' approaches the railway from the south and turns west, parallel to the railway. For the next 200m this cart road forms a clear 'shelf' at the side of the field before descending to a low-lying area which is wet and much 'poached’ by cattle trampling; this section is defined by a line of hawthorn on its south side. The final few metres to the public road are interrupted by a new-looking fence line (easily ducked through or climbed); another DIY slip-through beside the field gate leads onto a plank bridge and so to the public road, just alongside the viaduct.
OS Landranger 64 (Glasgow)
The Corduroy Path gets its name from the clothing issued by the railway company to their staff. As durable a substance as was available at the time has turned into an enduring name for a local path. The path was created in the 1840s when the railway line opened and was used extensively when the old Edinburgh-Glasgow railway cottages known locally as Corduroy Row were lived in. The railway workers used this path to access the junction at the eastern end. The cottages have since been demolished and it is to be expected that railway staff do not need to access the junction as often as they once did.
The route replaced an older track, locally known as the Zoar Road, which was interrupted by the coming of the railway. The Zoar Road ran from Cumbernauld Village to Kirkintilloch and is said to still exist in part. Any more details about either of these routes will be gratefully received.
[ - with thanks to Friends of the Kelvin Valley Park http://www.spanglefish.com/KelvinConnections/ and Croy Historical Society www.croyhistorical.org.uk ]