COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
A peaceful place full of woodland birds
Mature Scots pines surround the younger spruce trees in this working forest, with scatterings of rowan, birch and willow. There’s even an old beech hedge: a clue that there’s been woodland here for quite a while. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place with plenty of woodland birds to spot.
There are no waymarked trails, but there’s a good network of mostly level forest roads, tracks and paths. The paths and tracks are uneven and muddy in places.
Facilities & access
There are places to eat in Kirknewton, Livingston or Balerno. The nearest public toilets are in Livingston.
There is no formal car park, but there is room for a few cars in the forest entrance. Please leave the road clear for large vehicles to get in and out.
A single forestry track runs from east to west through the wood and its possible to park at either end of this. The east entrance is on Leyden Road, half way between Kirknewton and the junction with the A70. The west entrance is 1 mile along Morton Road; take the turn-off for 'Morton Clay Targets' from the A71 to access this.
Remember this is a working forest: please park so vehicles can get in about out of forest road.
Nearest postcode: EH27 8DQ (for Leyden Road entrance)
Buses go to Kirknewton, about 1 ¼ miles (2 km) away. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
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