Almondell & Calderwood Country Park
Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is tucked out of sight in the valley of the River Almond between Broxburn and East Calder, Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is probably the best kept secret in West Lothian!
Based around two adjoining estates (Almondell and Calderwood) and with a history going back 340 million years to the time of the Carboniferous swamps, this area has much to offer its visitors.
Left undeveloped and unspoilt, Calderwood is a complete contrast to Almondell. This natural woodland, located on a plateau bounded by the Linhouse and Murieston Waters, is home to a wealth of wildlife. Roe deer, fox, heron and woodpecker all make their homes here, while the many oak and hazel trees provide food for the squirrels and wood mice. For this reason Calderwood has been designated a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Almondell Woodland Management - Autumn 2019
Preparations are underway to do significant woodland management work in the woods at Almondell, near East Calder, this coming Autumn/Winter. If you've visited the country park recently you may have noticed pink paint marks on the trees.
Most of the woods were planted as part of John Erskine's Almondell Estate and now form part of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. In order to maintain the woods and public access in a healthy state for future generations, periodically woodland management work is needed.
A Woodland Management Plan has been approved by and grant assistance secured from Scottish Forestry, under their Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme.
This forestry work will inevitably cause some disruption in the park and it will look messy for a while but, once restored, will breathe new life into the woods. Further information regarding path closures or diversions will be posted nearer the time.
More information can be found here :-
There is also information in the conservatory at the Almondell & Calderwood Country Park Visitor Centre and a reference copy of the Almondell Woodland Management Plan is available at the Reception.
Visitor Centre Opening times
- Summer - 9am - 5pm
- Winter - 10am - 4pm
Please note, Almondell Visitor Centre closes for lunch between 12.30-13.00.
The Visitor Centre is currently open on Summer times and will revert to Winter times on the 28th October 2019. The Visitor Centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, the 1st and 2nd January every year.
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