Thursday, 08 June 2023
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 and access
There are places to eat in Kirknewton, Livingston or Balerno. The nearest public toilets are in Livingston.
There is only layby parking at this location.
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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