Three Fields Path
Start location: Thomson Place, Cambusbarron (NS 776 925)
End location: Polmaise Road, north of the Bannock Burn (NS 762 906)
Geographical area: Campsie Fells, Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 2.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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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.
This old route begins at the junction of Murray Place and Thomson Place, and follows the tarred road to the south-east of the school. The right of way then follows a wide path connecting Thomson Place and Old Drove Road, passing between post and rail barriers at the west end. From here, the route follows Old Drove Road, which is tarred up to the entrance to the Quarry works. When the Quarry track heads steeply uphill and left towards the quarry workings, this route instead leads on as a narrower path into sparse woodland, curving always to the left / south and round the base of the hill at more or less the same level. The path crosses a burn and reaches a gate into a field. After crossing another small burn, there is no defined path through the field, but the route follows the western field boundary, crossing another small burn. It then crosses a ladder stile onto a farm track and continues south, meeting a rough track where the right of way from Woodside Farm joins the route. It then follows the track to a gate onto the Polmaise Road.
OS Landranger 57 (Stirling & The Trossachs area)
This right of way between Cambusbarron and the Polmaise Road is thought to be an old droving route. Indeed, in Cambusbarron it follows in part a modern street named Old Drove Road. It also has an older name not seen in street names - the Commondry. Today's Free Green (located beside the right of way on the edge of Cambusbarron), and possibly the Commondry itself too, seems likely to have once formed part of a more extensive commonty or common land. This is reputed to have not only provided grazing for the villagers of Cambusbarron, but also for the cattle of drovers on their way to the Falkirk Tryst.
Cambusbarron Community Council produced a series of leaflets about Gillies Hill in order to share information about this special place. Their third leaflet shows the Three Fields Path and tells a little of its history. Its map includes the location of Cambusbarron's Free Green and much additional historical detail besides.