Revitalising Scotland's Historic Paths for the Future
Contact Details
Home
Project
The Paths
Campsie Fells
Learning Resources
Support Us
Contact
Links

Group of people walking downhill - Heritage Paths Project
ScotWays
Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society
24 Annandale Street
Edinburgh
EH7 4AN
T: 0131 558 7123
F: 0131 558 1222

email
facebook
twitter
flickr
Join Us
Donate

 

Keyword Search
 


SEARCH BY MAP

Go

ADVANCED SEARCH

Go

 

Path of the Month
Minchmoor Track
Minchmoor Track

Site Design & Hosting by
Digital Routes

© Heritage Paths

 

 

 

Thief's Road

Start location: unclassified road about 5km. E. of Abbey St Bathans (NT 815 613)
End location: B6437 (NT 854 615)
Geographical area: Lothian and Borders
Path Type: Smugglers' Path
Path distance: 4km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

Back to Search

Route Description

From the unclassified road follow field edge above Blackhouse Dean Plantation and, keeping wall on right, follow field edge to wood. Gates at both ends of wood, then follow field edge (passing trig. point on other side of wall) to low wooden fence at right angles across the route. Over this the path continues through thick gorse (it is necessary to go into field to get through) to right turn and then further low wooden fence across route. Over this continue straight ahead down driveway, following to left later, then joining tarmacadam road. Turn right and follow to B6437.

OS Landranger sheet 67 (Duns, Dunbar & Eyemouth)

Heritage Information

This path appears on many old maps, including John Blackadders of 1797, Ainslie's map of 1821 and Thomson's map of 1820.

Interestingly none of these earlier maps seems to have called it Thief's Road but the current Ordnance Survey map does.  Thief's Roads tend to be known as such because they were frequented by cattle thieves, or Rievers as they were known in the Borders.  It would make sense as a track cattle thieves might have taken as it goes to the top of Horseley Hill and so must have taken quite a bit longer than current road to Auchencrow.

 

 



 

 

Click here to view this path on a map

 

Image Gallery

 

[print]

Scotways logo

Scottish Natural Heritage

Heritage Lottery Fund

ScotGov logo

Leader logo

Europe logo