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!
Country Park Re-open
Only the following services now remain closed - BBQ hire, room hire, Sutherland Building hire, Ranger Service events and activities.
To be able to reopen our services, we have introduced new procedures and changes in how our buildings/facilities can be used for the safety of both the public and staff.
For example, numbers entering the Almondell & Calderwood Visitor Centre and the Beecraigs Visitor Centre Shop/Reception have been limited and a one-way system introduced.
Occupancy on the Beecraigs Caravan & Camping Site has been reduced and new, additional Terms & Conditions introduced.
Please help us by following all advice on site, carefully plan your trip to any of West Lothian's countryside locations, help us by taking your litter home with you, and ensure you continue to follow current NHS Inform and Scottish Government guidance. If some locations are busy when you arrive, please consider visiting an alternative site that is less busy.
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 & Calderwood Country Park - Woodland Management and Access Work Update
Most of the woods were planted as part of Henry 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 was approved by and grant assistance secured from Scottish Forestry, under their Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme. The planned forestry work inevitably causes disruption in the park and will look messy for a while but, once restored, will breathe new life into the woods.
Information is also available in the Visitor Centre's conservatory and a reference copy of the Almondell Woodland Management Plan is available at reception.
Woodland Management works started in January 2020. For public safety there will be temporary restrictions to access when works are underway. The clearing of the invasive Rhododendron Ponticum around most areas of the park is now complete. Works are scheduled to restart from September 2020, when tree planting activities will take place, clearance of brash from the forest floor will occur, access improvements, woodland thinning and felling will resume.
For further information call into the Visitor Centre, email reception email@example.com or see the update on Friends of Almondell & Calderwood Country Park - Facebook page
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 on Summer opening times and will revert to Winter opening times on 26 October 2020. The Visitor Centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, the 1st and 2nd January every year.
Contact - Telephone: 01506 882254
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