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General Wade's Military Road, Crieff to Aberfeldy
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Targate Road

Start location: Knockhouse Farm, Berry Law, Dunfermline (NT 069 877)
End location: Milesmark (NT 073 887)
Geographical area: Fife
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 1.2km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

This road is fairly straightforward and starts at Knockhouse Farm and runs north along the side of a plantation before turning north east through some stables and over the Dunfermline to Alloa cycle path and terminating on the A907.  It was signposted by ScotWays some time ago and these should help people to find their way.

OS Landranger sheet 65 (Falkirk & West Lothian)

Heritage Information

This old road is known locally as the Targate Road and indeed is named as such in the first edition of Ordnance Survey's 6 inch to the mile map, which was surveyed in 1853. 

It is not known where this name comes from but is probably something to do with Berrielaw Colliery once being located at the south end.  Perhaps the road was distinguished by being tarred earlier than most other roads.

The road is also noted on Sharp, Greenwood and Fowler's map of 1828 and so is of a fair age.  It seems to make an obvious alternative road north, running parallel to the Lundin Road and so may have been used to bypass Dunfermline.

 



 

 

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